GOP union-busting on steroids

There's more than one way to skin a teacher's association:

The notice, sent today, came in response to a Dec. 1 letter by Sen. Ralph Hise which questioned whether the North Carolina Association of Educators was eligible for the due deduction service. NCAE had declined to cooperate with a state auditor's report earlier in 2015.

The teacher's group has tangled with lawmakers since Republicans took control of the General Assembly in 2011. It has been critical of the GOP-lead legislature's funding for schools and backed Democratic candidates for office. In 2012, lawmakers returned the favor by holding an unprecedented midnight session to override Gov. Bev Perdue's veto of a bill that would have stopped the state from collecting NCAE dues. The group went to court and won, keeping the right over lawmakers' objections.

Divide and conquer, that's all this is about. Tear down NCAE, and you tear down the ability of teachers to collectively bargain, stand up for each other in numbers large enough to matter, and a whole host of other supportive activities. Bullies hate solidarity, because it neuters them. Which is just one more reason they shouldn't be "governing" our state.



What union? What collective

What union? What collective bargaining? The association is a professional organization that includes lobbying the GA among the various services it provides members. If I were in a union I would have been walking a picket line long ago. When you refer to the NCAE as a union you fall into the GOP propaganda trap.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

It's the closest thing they've got

to a union, whether it is an actual union or not. I know many are sensitive about how the NCAE is classified, but the real trap many NC'ians have fallen into is believing unions are (by their very nature) evil or corrupt. They're not, but even many Democrats have issues with unions. Hell, it was Dems who passed "right to work" laws here in the first place.

I don't know. I'm not a teacher or a member of any work-related union or association, so I probably shouldn't tell them what to think. I just want to live in a state where the word "union" isn't considered a slur.

I am not anti-union in any

I am not anti-union in any way shape or form, but the reality is that the word is a negative one for the vast majority in our state. When you use it to describe an organization that isn't a union you make everything that organization does suspect in the eyes of so many.

I have a family member that teaches at an alternative school and whenever one of her students use inappropriate language she tells them to, "pick another word" and hands them an old fashion dictionary.

So please, pick another word. :>)

I'm a moderate Democrat.

I'm with Huh on this one

A union, by definition, can engage in collective bargaining. The NCAE is NOT a union, in any way, shape, or form.

Unions are valuable, and NCAE is valuable. Our challenge as progressives, or even moderates, is to not allow the radical right to smear the work of the NCAE by calling the organization something it is not.


The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

Democracy wins

After vote tallying, a supermajority (2/1) has emerged on the need to differentiate between an association and a union vis a vis NCAE. I will (endeavor to) refrain from calling NCAE a union from this day forward.