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Split Decision in Staff Lawsuit Vs. Oregon Education Association

Refer to this blog post from July for the background on the lawsuit filed against the Oregon Education Association by its own employees. In short, the staff contract requires OEA to maintain a certain staffing ratio in its field offices. It failed to do this, as it was in the midst of closing and consolidating […]

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Post-Election Union Analysis on the Left

Commentators on the left side of the aisle examined the results of the 2014 election and are now explaining to us what happened and what it all means for the labor movement. To begin with, we have the provocative “Let Old Labor Die” from the pages of In These Times. It quotes labor lawyer Tom Geoghegan: […]

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Let’s Review

Here are three things we previously learned that were reinforced for us this week: 1) Most people know nothing, or very little, about Common Core. (February 2014 and last Monday, about a poll of California voters) 2) Compiling teacher union campaign spending is tricky, since “member communications” is a gray area. (October 2010, last Friday, […]

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Have a Coke and a Smile

Thanks to this press release from Corporate Campaign, Inc. and the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, I learned that the American Federation of Teachers banned all Coca-Cola products from its facilities and events because of Coke’s “dismal human rights record and long-standing allegations of violence against union leaders in Colombia and Guatemala.” “AFT’s actions to […]

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Former High-Ranking NEA Staffer Speaks Out on Union’s Direction

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Subtle

Mike Gipson, local politician and former organizer for United Teachers Los Angeles, just won a seat in the state Assembly. Here’s one of his mailers: A couple of problems with the photos: Gipson PhotoShopped his face onto the body of a police officer, and his opponent’s face onto the body of an armed, hooded thug. […]

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Good News! NEA Says It Wasted Only $40 Million

Politico reports: The National Education Association is still tallying its campaign spending but it’s safe to say the union didn’t come close to the $60 million figure that officials floated as an upper limit. The union estimates its expenditures on the midterms at $34 million to $40 million. About a third of that went to […]

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