NEA-Loving in New Mexico wants the school district to recognize it as the bargaining representative for some 40 teachers. The effort has gone on for quite some time.
The district suggests the teachers should vote on it, but the NEA rep says the union has “super-majority support among Loving teachers” and that “moving for a vote would not only waste valuable time but cost budget dollars, which he said he would prefer to see go to students.” He added that the union’s “only interest lies in collaborating with the district to ensure that the community’s teachers are given equal voice in district policies and procedures.”
Did NEA-Loving get that super-majority by promising members the union would collaborate with the district and save it money?
Teachers in the small Vermillion school district become the second group this year in Kansas to decertify NEA as its collective bargaining representative. The vote was 27-9-1 in favor of decertification, in a district that employs about 55 teachers.
“Everybody has an opportunity to have a say rather than just those who choose to pay KNEA dues,” said Garry Sigle, executive director of the Kansas Association of American Educators, who aided in the vote.
And that’s why it won’t let them resign their membership or negotiate their own salary, benefits and working conditions, according to David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan.