The Case of the Missing Speech

The California Teachers Association web site has a page devoted to the actions of its State Council, which is a representative body composed of 760 or so delegates from across the state.

The page has reports of each of the union’s policy committees, agendas and the text of speeches delivered by the union’s president and executive director, at least until last week.

CTA executive director Joe Nuñez delivered a speech to the State Council on January 29. Most of it was a farewell to a colleague, and a criticism of Trump, his policies, his Cabinet nominees, and his Supreme Court appointment.

There was little there to interest my readers, except for this one comment about the effects of the loss of agency fee, and I used it as the Quote of the Week in the February 1 EIA Communiqué:

Be prepared to lose 30-40% of your membership base. I don’t believe it will go that high in CTA, but we need to be prepared.

I also provided a link to the full speech. It wasn’t long before I heard from readers that the link was broken.

Well, not exactly. The speech had been removed.

CTA president Eric Heins’ speech is still there, as is every other document originally posted. Only the Nuñez speech is gone.

It must be a simple mistake, since even not-very-tech-savvy people know that Google cache keeps a copy of web pages until updated - not to mention my regular habit of making my own Adobe Acrobat files of source material in case of just such an eventuality.

Along with the loss of agency fees, Nuñez was also concerned that the Trump Labor Department might attempt to regulate all of NEA’s affiliates under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

ALL unions, including CTA and our local chapters could be subject to LMRDA rules and reporting. These are extensive filings that require itemized expenditures and salaries of union leaders. We should expect increased scrutiny and oversight.

I can understand his fear. If something as innocuous as his speech needed to be scrubbed when presented to even a tiny portion of the public, imagine what else is being held under wraps.