Teachers’ Unions Explained
Hattip for co-blogger Chris Blosser for pointing out the above video to me. Back in 1979 when I graduated with my BA in the teaching of Social Studies from the University of Illinois, one of the factors motivating my decision to immediate run off to law school was my extreme antipathy to the teachers’ unions. From what I had observed as a student training to be a teacher, the unions tended to focus their efforts on protecting the least competent teachers from being fired and political involvement on behalf of the Democrat party and leftist causes in general.
In three decades nothing has changed. The advocacy of abortion by the largest of the teachers’ unions, the National Education Association, is of course the most objectionable aspect of the political involvment of a union which purports to represent those who help shape the minds of students. In 2008 pro-life teachers wrote to the NEA protesting the NEA support of abortion:
Mr. Reg Weaver, President
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-3290
March 27, 2008
Dear Mr. Weaver:
As pro-life teachers, we oppose the National Education Association’s (NEA) actions in allowing the Feminist Majority Foundation to hold their Women’s Leadership Conference at the NEA Headquarters Building in Washington, D.C. on March 8-9, 2008. It is not only outrageous that the NEA allowed this pro-abortion organization to hold a conference advancing barbaric ideals, but it is even more outrageous that NEA allowed Dr. George Tiller, infamous late-term abortionist from Wichita, Kansas, on its premises. Dr. Tiller currently faces 19 criminal charges for illegal, late-term abortions in the state of Kansas. He commented at the NEA Building on Sunday, March 9, “If the baby is born alive, that is sloppy medicine.” In addition, while presenting at NEA headquarters, Dr. Tiller showcased graphic pictures of children with fetal abnormalities, whom he had aborted, to make the case for late-term abortion as a necessary medical procedure. He also admitted that he had aborted prenatal babies the day before the mother’s due date. You can watch the video account of this online at www.studentsforlife.org.
We pro-life teachers call on the National Education Association to be, at the very least, neutral on abortion. The union should not be involved in abortion politics for there are plenty of other educational initiatives that can benefit from our resources. However, the past actions of the NEA have shown a favoritism towards pro-abortion organizations and policies, which reveals not only a lack of compassion, but also a lack of common sense. Prenatal children are our future students. The taking of their lives will result in the elimination of teaching jobs.
•Randall Moody, the chief lobbyist of the NEA, is on the board of directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and also on the board of its political arm, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States.
•The NEA’s Political Action Committee (PAC), named the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education, has given contributions to organizations–Emily’s List (Democrats) and The Wish List (Republicans)–that only fund pro-Roe v. Wade women running for political office.
•In the NEA’s Resolutions (beliefs) document, the words “reproductive freedom” in Resolution I-13 have been interpreted to NEA Representative Assembly delegates as including abortion with no limitations.
•I-13. Family Planning: The National Education Association supports family planning, including the right to reproductive freedom. The Association urges the government to give high priority to making available all methods of family planning to women and men unable to take advantage of private facilities. The Association also urges the implementation of community-operated, school-based family planning clinics that will provide intensive counseling by trained personnel.
•The NEA announced it was an official supporter of the 2004 pro-abortion “March for Women’s Lives.”
Further, it is outrageous that David Haney, an employee of the NEA, would write one pro-life teacher and say, “As you may know, the NEA headquarters building is used from time to time by various organizations. It has been a longstanding practice for NEA to allow like-minded groups to use our conference space and meeting rooms either free of charge, as an in-kind gesture, or for a nominal fee.” The words “like-minded groups” are particularly disturbing to the many pro-life teachers the NEA represents.
Mr. Haney went on, further, to state, “Unfortunately, we have now learned that an organization, which has met in the NEA building in the past without incident, invited a speaker and presented materials during their latest visit that were offensive and disturbing to NEA members and staff. Please know that NEA had no prior knowledge of this speaker, his views and positions, of his inclusion on their agenda. His appearance does not constitute our sanction or approval of his views and positions. Please be assured that we have taken the necessary steps to ensure that something of this nature does not reoccur.”
While we have been reassured by Mr. Haney that the NEA will take the appropriate steps to ensure that Dr. Tiller and other abortionists are no longer invited to speak at the events held at the NEA headquarters, we would like to see this incident initiate change within the NEA and its policy towards pro-abortion organizations. We would like to see the NEA totally disengage from the abortion issue by cutting its funding of organizations whose missions include advancing abortion agendas. We call on NEA to propose a change to its Resolutions (beliefs) document which would specifically add the words “with no position on abortion“ to section I-13. Finally, we call on the NEA to remove legalized-abortion activist Randall Moody as chief lobbyist.
President and Co-Founder
Conservative Educators Caucus
Connie Bancroft, Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of Trustees
Teachers Saving Children® Inc. – National
The response of the NEA in 2009 was to reject a proposal that the NEA be neutral on abortion. Of course what else could one expect from an organization that sponsored a forum with the late Tiller the Killer, champion of third trimester abortions?
When it comes to teachers’ unions, I believe that they have to share in the cutting of costs that are inevitable in regard to government. That this is happening to organizations that are almost uniformly rabid enthusiasts for abortion displeases me not one whit.