Can you imagine how much less money the NEA/CTA would have if teachers had to write a check each month for donations to the unions' political activities?
On May 14, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott delivered an opinion that could have national educational and political ramifications for years to come. In short, the decision stated that school districts may not fund political action committees of teacher unions via payroll deductions.
When unionized teachers are paid, their dues are deducted from their salary by the local school district, just like withholding tax. Part of each month’s union dues goes toward union political spending. What this decision means is that the while the local district can still collect the part of dues that goes for collective bargaining, they can no longer withhold the part that goes for the union’s political agenda. The union will have to collect that money on a voluntary basis and many teachers are not going to volunteer to do that. Thus, the Texas State Teachers Association will now have far less money to spend on its various candidates and causes, most of which run considerably to the left of center and frequently are very child unfriendly.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Teachers In Texas Have A Right I Wish I Had
Larry Sand, the president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, penned the following piece on a victory for Texas teachers: