Question 2 would authorize 12 additional charter schools per year in Massachusetts and the unions have decided for some reason that this is their Thermopylae.
Through October 15 the No on 2 campaign has raised almost $13,434,000 of which more than 99.4% has come from labor unions. The vast majority of those contributions came from the two national teachers’ unions and their Massachusetts affiliates.
The Massachusetts Teachers Association leads the way with almost $6 million in cash and in-kind contributions so far – or about $53 per active member.
Its parent union, the National Education Association, chipped in with $5.4 million. The remaining union donations are as follows:
American Federation of Teachers – $1,000,000
AFT Massachusetts – $820,472
Lynn Teachers Union – $50,000
Boston Teachers Union – $49,550
United Teachers of Lowell – $30,000
Salem Teachers Union – $10,000
University of Massachusetts Faculty Federation – $5,000
Massachusetts AFL-CIO – $5,000
Massachusetts & Northern New England Laborers’ District Council – $5,000
Massachusetts Teachers Association Benefits Inc. – $1,437.55
International Union of Operating Engineers Local No.4 – $1,000
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 1445 – $500
Boston Carmen’s Union – $300
Massachusetts Library Staff Association – $100
Individual employees of unions – $2,107
While there might not be much more outside money coming in, the campaign still has more than $3.2 million on hand, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association still has $4 million more available that the union’s board of directors set aside for the campaign in May.