Posts tagged American Federation of Teachers
Illinois: UNIONS SPEND NEARLY $5M TO PUSH PROPERTY TAX HIKES THROUGH AMENDMENT 1
June 29, 2022 // Illinoisans already suffer under the highest state and local tax burden in the Midwest, thanks to generous contracts and retirements won by powerful public unions from the elected leaders they helped bankroll. If Illinois becomes the only state to enshrine union powers in its constitution, taxpayers will face ever greater demands. progressive tax, fair tax, Mike Madigan, Boeing, Caterpillar, Citadel, constitutional amendment
Opinion: Bloomberg: Charter Schools Outperform Public Alternative, Unions Largely to Blame
June 27, 2022 // Responding to parent criticism during the COVID quarantine, Cecily Myart-Cruz, head of the Los Angeles teachers’ union, last summer told Los Angeles Magazine, “Our kids didn’t lose anything. It’s OK that our babies may not have learned all their times tables. They learned resilience.” Myart-Cruz also urged her union to adopt a resolution condemning Israel.
Op-ed: Hunter Tower: In Pennsylvania, Janus is more relevant than ever
June 21, 2022 // Government employee unions responded to Janus by adopting a variety of still-being-litigated defensive strategies, including: only processing opt-out requests during a two-week annual window; challenging each request in court, forcing individual workers to battle the union’s well-financed legal team; subjecting union defectors to workplace harassment; and, when all else fails, forging the worker’s signature on membership documents. HB-2042, Charles Lane
AFL-CIO unveils plan to grow but some union leaders underwhelmed
June 17, 2022 // Shuler announced the creation of the Center for Transformational Organizing, a group of strategists, organizers and researcher who will focus on how to unionize new-economy companies. “We have a visionary way forward,” Shuler said. D Taylor, Mark Dimondstein,
‘Are You Prepared To Fight With Me?’: Biden Calls For Support From Union Bosses At AFL-CIO Convention
June 15, 2022 // “is it estimated that Big Labor spent $1.8 billion on politics and lobbying in 2019 and 2020,” according to research from the National Institute for Labor Relations. In 2020, the AFL-CIO endorsed Biden for the presidency. According to BlueTent, an organization that provides information for progressive donors, the AFL-CIO itself donated $5 million toward political causes in 2020, with much of it supporting Biden’s candidacy and party, with 27/41 of congressional donations going to Democrats. The Daily Wire also recently reported that the American Federation of Teachers — which is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO — spent $49 million during the 2020-2021 fiscal year on political causes, many of which supported various Democratic policies and politicians. Tim Meads, Daily Wire,
Quarter of spending by powerful teachers union went to political causes: Report
June 9, 2022 // Of the nearly $200 million the union collected in dues, $49 million, or 27%, went to political donations that overwhelmingly favored Democratic political organizations and groups advocating overtly liberal causes. The union also spent an additional $6 million on "contributions, gifts, and grants," which also largely went to politically charged causes. Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, National Democratic Redistricting Commission, Economic Policy Center, United States Heartland China Association,
Unions lobby Biden for bolder approach to student debt relief
June 8, 2022 // Labor organizations have already had some success in pushing Biden on student debt relief over the past year. Unions representing teachers, fire fighters, health care workers and government employees were a driving force behind the Education Department’s decision last year to use emergency powers to expand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
Op-Ed: Government unions divert dues to leftist politics
May 29, 2022 // According to the most recent LM-2 form submitted by the NEA to the Internal Revenue Service, the union raked in a staggering $377 million in dues and agency fees during 2021 alone. Of that total, however, only $32 million was earmarked for representational activity — ostensibly the NEA’s top priority.
Education, Tech Policy Leaders Ask Congress to Investigate Partnership Between NewsGuard, Teachers’ Union
May 2, 2022 // A group of leaders from 19 education and tech policy institutions sent a letter on Thursday asking members of Congress to investigate a new partnership between the nation’s second largest teachers’ union and NewsGuard, a tool that provides “trust ratings” for news and information websites.
Freedom Foundation: 4,000 California teachers have left the union since COVID’s start
April 29, 2022 // “We share with them the highlights, quotes, and PowerPoints and the other thing we share with them during these round tables is information about where their money is going,” Wiegel added. “Most teachers don't really know where their union money is going. A small portion goes towards their benefits but the vast majority of it is going to the national level of the union where it’s spent on political candidates and activist organizations.”