* A few stories today about riled union members:
1) A small group of teachers from the Anchorage Education Association are unhappy about the way contract negotiations are being handled. “We are not pleased with the lack of information being communicated to the general membership by the board that is now doing the bargaining,” said Kelly Parsons, a history teacher at Eagle River High School. Members will vote Monday night on whether to authorize a strike.
2) Family News in Focus reports that the Conservative Educators Caucus is ready to bail out of NEA.
3) The State Employees Association in New Hampshire claims it has 6,000 members, which gives the union the statutory right to collect agency fees from the 4,000 non-members. “I think it stinks, to tell you the truth,” said Cindy Heisler, who works in payroll for the state Department of Agriculture. It isn’t widely understood that unions want agency fees not so much for the extra money it brings in, but because they induce non-members to become members.
4) If you’re following the Northwest strike, you don’t want to miss this post on the pro-union Working Life blog. Solidarity forever!
* My favorite headline this week comes from the Duluth News Tribune, about its new school superintendent, Keith Dixon:
It’s heartwarming to see how taxpayers, parents and principals rate the status of “others” behind the true focus of the school system.