My three or four loyal readers might remember that the California Teachers Association has raised dues $60 this year, and will raise dues $60/year for the next two years--bringing my dues to well over $1000/year--specifically to fight Governor Schwarzenegger's ballot proposals, two of which affect education and one of which affects public employee unions, including teachers unions. Then they backtracked and said that this so-called "temporary" dues increase was for "debt servicing", presumably to ensure that agency fee payers have to pay it as well. It's not even a convincing lie.
On page 10 of the November 2005 issue of NEA Today, the union rag for the National Education Association, comes this little caught-with-their-pants-down gem: "CTA's 800-member governing body has voted for a special levy of $60 per member for the campaign, because ...."
I congratulate NEA on its honesty, even if it's accidental.