The Massachusetts Teachers Association is extremely committed to preventing 12 additional charter schools per year from opening in the state. It has authorized spending more than $9 million of its own money to defeat Question 2 on next month’s ballot and has successfully lobbied the National Education Association for almost $5 million more.
Along with this stack of cash, the union is also contributing manpower. With most of MTA’s regular staff lending their time and expertise to the No on 2 campaign, the union found itself short-handed for the mundane task of providing services to its members.
Fortunately for MTA, money is no object. The union appropriated $500,000 to hire temps to perform staff work until after Election Day.
Spending to employ non-union substitutes won’t show up on any campaign finance disclosure report, nor will agency fee-payers be reimbursed for their contribution to it, but it is political spending nonetheless. When you are mounting this kind of crusade there is no room for half-measures.