Friday, June 17, 2016

Kettle, This Is Pot. You're Black.

Teacher union hypocrisy is so easy to point out because there's so much of it.  Here's yet another example:
Misja has taught French and English for 38 years. During that time, she’s rejected union membership because she doesn’t agree with the PSEA’s social and political agenda. She’s a religious objector, a Roman Catholic who opposes the union’s support of groups such as Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions.

In Pennsylvania, teachers who choose not to be a member of the local union still have to pay dues in one of two ways: They can become a “fair share” member and pay a prorated membership for representational services; or in Misja’s case, they can apply for a religious waiver and the union directs their dues to charities they agree on.

Sometimes the two sides don’t agree where the money should go. 

Pennsylvania law provides no mechanism to resolve the dispute and the union is permitted to hold Misja’s funds in escrow until it’s settled.

State lawmakers have taken notice. House Bill 267, sponsored by Republican Rep. John Lawrence, recently advanced out of the House State Government Committee. It would give teachers more influence over where their money goes.

“My proposal does not change the ‘fair share’ process. … My proposal removes the requirement that the union and the religious objector must agree on which charity will receive religious objectors’ funds,” Lawrence said. “Instead, the individual religious objector would simply have the ability to designate a recognized 501(c)3 organization of their own choosing"...

Misja initially requested her money go to a Pittsburgh pro-life group called People Concerned for the Unborn Child. Her second choice was the National Rifle Association Foundation, which was rejected by the union on the grounds it was “too political,” she said.  (boldface mine--Darren)

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