Here's what the NEA says:
NEA General Counsel, Bob Chanin, July 2009
"It is not because we care about children. And it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective acvocates because we have power. And we have power because there are more than 3.2 million people who are willing to pay us hundreds of millions in dues."
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Don't let "them" tell you that they're the peaceful ones.
Collective bargaining on a broad scale is more similar to an antitrust violation than to a civil liberty. Why are the unions so willing to show their bad side?
And, they'll pay big bucks to see that Obama gets re-elected.
What's happening here is that the union sees its position threatened -- it is accustomed to helping elect Democrats who care a lot less about taxpayers than about unions, and then sitting comfortably on both sides of the negotiating table.