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Biased Teachers Unions
May 27th, 2011 by Brawlin Melgar

Teachers Unions are out of Control in Ohio. The Ohio Education Association has overstepped its bounds by using union dues to push a liberal political agenda.

Case in point #1 – Ohio Education Association Imposes $54 Dues Hike to Defeat the Senate Bill 5, a bill that is supported by republicans and rejected by democrats.
Case in point #2 – Ohio Education Association Publishes a far left publication called Ohio Schools Magazine, which feeds it membership and readership one-sided and misleading information.
Case in point #3 – Ohio Education Association is against Charter Schools, Homeschooling and School Choice of any kind.
Case in point #4 – Ohio Education Association is against performance pay or teacher evaluations of any kind
Case in point #5 – OEA meetings are nothing more than a liberal political rally
Case in point #5 – OEA membership fear repercussions for voicing an opposing opinions, so largely they remain silent.

Raising dues for political purposes is wrong if the member teacher wants to opt out. Rhetoric and propaganda regarding Ohio Senate Bill 5 and other issues coming forth should not be funded in an involuntary manner by workers.

Jade Thompson’s right to choose was violated when the OEA refused to listen to her or take action regarding her rational, reasonable complaint. The OEA is so political that they refuse to listen to even their own membership.

I’m Jade Thompson and my husband, Andy Thompson, is running for the Ohio House of Representatives. I am a teacher at Marietta High School. Imagine my chagrin when my friends and colleagues began showing me the awful attack ads against my husband which they had received in the mail. Now imagine my dismay when I saw that those defamatory mailers were paid for by the Ohio Education Association – my teachers’ union.

In effect, they are using my union dues to attack my husband! This is a new low, even for the OEA!!!

Speaking at the OEA meeting earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) urged teachers to rally for the referendum campaign and “make this personal.”

“You can talk all the statistics you want, but tell your personal story. Tell people why you’re a teacher,” Said Democrat Senator Brown.

So why does the union want to make this personal? Because that’s the only way the union can win. Facts get in the way. If you suggest that teachers paid $60,000 or more (plus benefits) take a 10% pay cut to avoid firings and program reductions, the teachers union attacks.

Teachers should be free to spend their hard-earned dollars to contribute to the candidates and causes they actually support, but OEA members do not have that freedom. The OEA and its parent organization, the NEA have a liberal agenda. Robert Chapman the former general counsel for the NEA once said in federal court,

“if you take away payroll deduction, you won’t collect a penny from these people, and it has nothing to do with voluntary or involuntary. I think it has to do with the nature of the beast, and the beasts who are our teachers … (They) simply don’t come up with the money regardless of the purpose.”

Now I don’t know about all teachers, but the ones I know take offense to being called beasts.


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