“It’s Not Because We Care About Children”

15 Mar


National Education Association (NEA) general counsel Bob Chanin explained teachers’ unions:

“It is not because we care about children, and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions of dollars in dues …”

“Willing?  Dues payments aren’t voluntary in most instances.  They get taken from the paychecks of teachers whether they support the NEA or not.  The reason those dues get taken from checks is that the NEA and other PEUs have used their political muscle in states like Wisconsin to enforce closed-shop rules and mandatory dues payments.  They need those rules to keep the dollars flowing, not because their members are willing to pony up dues, but because so many public employees aren’t willing to pay them.  Otherwise, the unions wouldn’t need the state to be their collection agents.  In Indiana, for instance, Mitch Daniels made dues payments voluntary — and 95% of their state workers don’t pay dues as a result.”

2 Responses to ““It’s Not Because We Care About Children””

  1. seth March 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Best. Blog name. Ever.

    • cdawkins March 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      Thanks! I appreciate that. How did you find my blog?

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