Civitas ramps up its attack on teachers' association

And they're spending some serious money doing it:

Eight billboards recently posted along key highways across the state display a loaded question to teachers in bold white letters: "Want a $450 raise?" The message is part of a new public campaign launched this week by conservative think tank, NC Civitas Institute, urging teachers to quit the North Carolina Association of Educators.

"They're not really an advocate for education. They're an advocate for people who pay dues to them," said Francis De Luca, NC Civitas President.

No shit, Sherlock. You just made the best argument for teachers continuing their membership: the NCAE's main concern is for the teachers, not for "better results in the classroom" or for pleasing the increasingly impossible-to-please parents. And the NCAE's success in motivating members to engage in Moral Monday protests is the main reason they're getting raises. If left up to people like you, teachers would have to survive a knife fight just to secure a 1 year contract making $9.00 per hour.


The gloves are off.

Not that we've been pulling any punches against Pope's machine, but this billboard attack has really pissed me off.

North Carolina has the lowest union engagement in the entire nation, at around 3%. It's not like unions are taking over, but even such a small number enrages people like DeLuca, who believe only a handful of wealthy businessmen should be making all the decisions. Any time it looks like the power may be shifting down into the hands of the actual workers (ie Moral Mondays), the long knives come out.

Well, I'm tired of their arrogance. You'll probably be seeing more about JLF/Civitas as time goes on, so get used to it.


It's not like unions are taking over,'s not like these are real unions with collective-bargaining rights, either.

Just posted on Facebook:

NCAE isn't a union. It is a

NCAE isn't a union. It is a professional association. They also don't represent a majority of teachers. At my school with about 90 teachers there were less than 20 members last year. Personally I have been a member since I began my career back in 1987 and would not consider dropping my membership.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

I will second the opening sentence of this post.

The first thing I thought when I saw the OP was that right wing propaganda has scored a victory when a Blue NC headline posits that NC has a teacher's union. Just ain't so.

I have nothing against NCAE other than the higher than necessary dues. I am a member of PENC which is also not a union.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I got corrected on Facebook

as well about using the word "union" to describe NCAE. And while all of you may be correct, I sincerely hope your complaint isn't because you consider the word to be tainted somehow. When I hear (or read) about unions, it doesn't conjure images of bullies or corruption in my mind, I think of skilled workers standing up for their rights and dignity.

To me, it's like the word "Liberal." The right has done everything it can to make that label seem vulgar, immoral, and (fill in the blank). And we've let them get away with it, by being ashamed to identify with it. I'm Liberal, and I think unions are the greatest thing since sliced bread. As a matter of fact, there should be a bread-slicing union. :)

Unfortunately for the vast

Unfortunately for the vast majority of North Carolinians there is a deep felt hatred of unions. Regardless of that, if your organization can't bargain collectively and can't strike it just isn't one. Why use an inaccurate term to describe an organization if the mere mention of the word turns a major portion of the population against you?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

That's not it at all

Most teachers I've spoken with don't want people assuming they have the protections and benefits provided by a union. There are important distinctions between a union and professional association.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

When you say NCAE is a union ...

... it's like saying that the American Medical Association is a union.

Any news outlet that does this in a news story or allows it an an editorial or op-ed piece needs to be called out on it. It's just wrong.

Of course

I didn't say or imply otherwise.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

No ...

... it's an unregistered lobbying organization.

Okay, I fixed it

Not admitting I was wrong, just that everybody else was right. ;)

You do a great job keeping us

You do a great job keeping us informed about so many important issues. I appreciate all you do. You are entitled to a slip up once in a while. Plus it makes us feel important when we can correct you! ; )

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Glad to be of service :)

I was going to say, "Please feel free to point out other inconsistencies whenever you see them," but there's only so much time in the day. ;)

I know your intent was noble.

Thank you for changing the headline and for your willingness to listen.

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I tried to update

the Facebook post to reflect the new wording, but it didn't want to take. I guess I could delete it and post it again, but I don't want to hit our Facebook readers with a duplicate posting.