More than 80 new business items (NBIs) have been submitted so far, which means we may end up beating the record (110, if memory serves). Here are a few of note, with editorial asides in parentheses:
NBI 5: Calls on NEA to directly join and support the opt-out movement.
NBI 15: That NEA investigate creating a “union friendly” label for businesses. “The label could be displayed as people enter, similar to the Better Business Bureau or a Zagat rating.”
NBI 23: “NEA will not accept monetary sponsorship or be affiliated with any foundation or corporation that is linked to the negative public education reform movement and or has participated in the privatization of public education…. These foundations and corporations would include current sponsors of NEA; such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, and Pearson.” (My badge lanyard is sponsored by Lysol.)
NBI 33: “That delegates avoid purchasing food or beverages from Papa John’s, a company that uses anti-worker practices.” (I suggest you avoid Papa John’s because they make nasty pizza.)
NBI 36: Calls on NEA to support the full repeal of California’s 1992 charter school law. (Should be a show-stopper during CTA’s next charter school union organizing drive.)
NBI 41: “NEA will, through closed social media, broadcast the NEA-RA for members to watch in the comfort of their homes, offices, or on their electronic devices.” (Please approve this so I can stay home next year.)
NBI 54: “The NEA will cease promotion of Common Core State Standard (CCSS) and associated testing in order to allow sufficient time for critical examination of current CCSS implementation.”
NBI 80: “NEA will encourage state and local affiliates to remove Coca-Cola products (including Dasani, Fanta, Minute Maid, Nestea, Odwalla, PowerAde, and Sprite) from their facilities and official functions. Further, the NEA will inform members of Coca-Cola’s unfair labor practices.” (You’ll need something else to wash away the taste of that Papa John’s pizza.)
Thirty-five of the remaining 78 NBIs submitted so far for debate came from California delegates.
There will be plenty more to follow over the next three days, but this should get you started.