Ex-WEAC President’s Prediction?

On December 31, 2014, in CEAFU, by clj

Ohio Education Association President Becky Higgins, repeats Dan Burkhalter’s words for Ohio members.  Burkhalter was president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) when Act 10 was enacted. Neither president is optimistic about the ability of unions to continue collecting forced dues, or retain members if agency shop clauses are declared moot.  Was Burkhalter a Cassandra, able to foretell the future, but […]

WI Union Official Gets 18 Months

On December 30, 2014, in CEAFU, by clj

An ex-union official will face 18 months in prison for stealing almost 2 million dollars from, among other sources, the local National Education Association affiliate.  He was facing up to 3.5 times that amount of time.  While Wisconsin teachers now enjoy the right to resign their union membership at any time, and the right to refrain […]

MEA Officials Collect Lucrative Salaries Despite Membership Decline

On December 9, 2014, in CEAFU, Membership, Michigan, NEA, by clj

Michigan Education Association (MEA) teacher union officials are receiving ever greater salaries despite a drop in membership and an increase in dues fees.  Christina Hall has the story in the Detroit Free Press. The Michigan Education Association’s top three elected leaders received double-digit percentage raises this year, including a nearly $49,000 bump in one instance that […]

Illinois AFT Union Officials Plan Battle

On December 8, 2014, in AFT, CEAFU, Monopoly Bargaining, States, by clj

The three most powerful government employee union officials are gearing up to attempt to preserve their powerful kingdom in Illinois.  Currently, union officials can garner tribute from every Illinois public employee by forcing them to pay forced dues or join up. Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, however, has indicated he will restrict government employee union power by […]

“Official Time” Robbing Taxpayers

On December 5, 2014, in CEAFU, by clj

From the Office of Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) comes another report on your tax dollars at work – union work, as a matter of fact. The report’s findings are sobering. In the ten agencies sampled by GAO, official time hours increased from 2.0 to 2.5 million between 2006 and 2013, with the biggest increases in […]

Wisconsin: Right to Work State # 25?

On December 4, 2014, in CEAFU, Right to Work, States, by clj

Chris Kapenga, of Delafield, Wisconsin, is set to introduce a Right to Work when the legislature convenes in January. Todd Richmond has the story on Fox News. A Republican lawmaker promised Tuesday to introduce a right-to-work bill, prompting warnings from a Democratic leader that the state could see a round of protests reminiscent of the […]

Philadelpia Teacher Union Monopoly Contract Cancelled

On December 3, 2014, in AFT, CEAFU, Monopoly Bargaining, NEA, by clj

In an effort to improve underperforming schools, the Philadelphia school district has cancelled the monopoly bargaining contract with teachers in that district.  Predictably, teacher union officials are grousing about the cancellations, but principals are loving it, as well as teachers.  Without a contract, teachers should not be forced to support the teacher labor union in order […]

Many Wisconsin Teachers Prefer Freedom

On December 2, 2014, in CEAFU, by clj

Half of Wisconsin teachers eligible for Wisconsin Education Action Council (WEAC) membership prefer freedom over union membership.  All Wisconsin teachers have the right to represent themselves, or choose representation through another organization. Those teachers who teach in districts which re-certified a union representative, can exercise their right to resign.  Erin Richards has the story in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Officials […]

NEA Political Spending Analyzed

On December 1, 2014, in CEAFU, NEA, Union Political Activity and Spending, by clj

RiShawn Biddle breaks down the National Education Association’s (NEA) political spending (all $132 million of it) in Dropout Nation.  IN all but 24 states, the NEA (or any other teacher union) can force teachers to pay dues or support the union as a condition of employment. In a debate interview with the National Right to […]

Wisconsin Monopoly Contracts Fading Quickly

On November 24, 2014, in CEAFU, by clj

The last bastion of monopoly bargaining is quickly disappearing in Wisconsin.  After December 13, Dane County public sector unions will be forced to earn dues money, instead of forcing workers to pay dues money.  The latest challenge to Act 10, which invalidated any contracts running until 2015 and 2016, will be enforced.  Steven Verburg has the story in […]

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