Indiana NEA Shamed Into Meeting Its Obligations

About face!

The National Education Association and the Indiana State Teachers Association announced this morning they would continue long-term disability payments to teachers who were covered by the ISTA Insurance Trust, reversing their position of last week.

“As promised, we are working with our national affiliate to make good on our commitment to our members,” ISTA President Nate Schnellenberger said in a statement.

Of course, Schnellenberger doesn’t run the union anymore, but NEA Trustee Edward Sullivan told the Associated Press that ISTA and NEA will cover the claims, adding that ISTA will have to cut costs and possibly increase dues to make up its deficits.

Certainly the bad press caused some pangs of conscience at union headquarters, but the hovering presence of trial lawyers may have had some effect as well.