The California Teachers Association plans to raise dues by $180 to fund a campaign to fight Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s education initiatives. Ed Wonk, who pays dues to the NEA, CTA and his teachers’ union local, isn’t happy that dues keep going up without teachers being consulted.
As I have said before, I actually like the ideal of teachers having an organization that exists in order to advocate improved salaries and working conditions for teachers.
But… I will only support such an organization if it is democratically-run, financially transparent, and accountable to its rank-and-file. Neither NEA nor CTA comes close to fulfilling even one of these important criteria.
Darren, also a California teacher, wants to leave a union that doesn’t represent his views, but he’ll still have to pay nearly all his union dues.
A huge ad war is underway.