Chariho School Parents’ Forum

August 27, 2008

pay up or get out!

Filed under: Unions — Editor @ 9:03 pm

There was a great OpEd in the ProJo today regarding forced union dues for teachers.

With billions of dollars to play with, teacher unions wield significant influence and power. Unfortunately, too much of it is directed toward partisan political activity and controversial social agendas which are not directly related to the classroom. Often union political spending is at odds with the personal or professional views of many union members.

For example, the NEA recently vowed it will spend more than $40 million this year on political races, and pledged another $500,000 of teachers’ dues to a universal-health-care advocacy coalition. The NEA has been called an arm of the Democratic National Committee, having granted millions of dollars to a litany of liberal organizations. Furthermore, over the past 15 years the NEA has given over 90 percent of its PAC money to Democratic candidates.

According to an NEA survey by Michigan-based Star Research in 2005, 50 percent of NEA members considered themselves politically “conservative” or “tend conservative.” Only 40 percent described themselves as “liberal” or “leaned liberal.”

Why the disconnect between members’ political views and NEA spending? Two words: forced dues. Teachers cannot withdraw their financial support to hold the union accountable.

The whole piece is worth the read.

This follows nicely to the piece recently published at Anchorrising – It takes a thief (lobbyist)



  1. BF, you’ve touched upon on my gripes when it comes to the teacher unions, Here’s another part that upsets me greatly:

    Teacher-union bosses have developed an unhealthy sense of entitlement — that somehow teachers owe the union money, whether or not that union is truly representing teachers’ interests.

    When I see the word entitlement, my blood boils!

    Comment by CharihoParent — August 28, 2008 @ 7:01 am | Reply

  2. A warning to all Mr. Ricci’s sycophants on the School Committee…wasting our earnings might have gotten a little harder and more risky –

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 4, 2008 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  3. Why can’t a teacher in Rhode Island just work in a charter school? they must pay well since none are unionized. Are there any teachers in East Greenwich that would like to teach in one charter school? If so they’re hiring.

    Comment by what's this? — September 4, 2008 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  4. I believe that many of the charter school teachers ARE unionized and that’s why the NEA is fighting the mayoral academy so much. If I’m correct, it would be the first charter school that won’t be unionized.

    Comment by CharihoParent — September 4, 2008 @ 5:39 pm | Reply

  5. I don’t have the numbers in front of me but its something like 4 charters have union teachers and 7 don’t. But even the ones that don’t must follow other guidelines that are passed down by the legislature – such as prevailing wage, length of day, teacher:student ratios, curriculum, etc… Charters are very heavily regulated in RI.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — September 4, 2008 @ 8:24 pm | Reply

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