Supreme Court to hear case on forced union fees as Big Labor prepares for defeat

By Victor Skinner on Saturday, October 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Labor unions are preparing for the worst after the U.S. Supreme Court last week announced it would consider a case that could have serious financial implications for Big Labor. President Trump’s appointment of conservative-leaning Justice Neil Gorsuch has tiled the court to the right, and labor leaders are concerned that the case, […]

NEA, AFT remain silent as states move to ban secret union deals that protect pedophile school employees

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

LAS VEGAS – After years of legislative inaction, schools in several states are starting the year with new laws to guard against an epidemic of educators sexually abusing students. The changes are spurred in part by a federal directive that forces states to address major contributing factors, including secret union deals that allow educators accused […]

Unions account for 99.4% of contributions to block MA charter school expansion

By Victor Skinner on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – The nation’s teachers unions hate charter schools that compete with traditional unionized public schools, so they’re spending millions to fight against a dozen new charter schools in Massachusetts. Massachusetts voters will decide Question 2 on the November ballot, which would authorize 12 new charter schools in the state if approved. A campaign to […]

WikiLeaks: Teachers union ‘panicked’ after rumor News Corp exec was joining Hillary campaign

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

NEW YORK – Hacked emails recently posted by WikiLeaks show the American Federation of Teachers officials sounded alarms about rumors of former New York City education chancellor Joel Klein joining up with the Clinton campaign. Klein, known for fingering the teachers union as the main impediment to improving education in the Big Apple, warred with […]

PA school closes early over nearby Trump rally, teachers to protest across street

By Victor Skinner on Monday, October 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

AMBRIDGE, Pa. – Concerns about chaotic protests led by the state teachers union at a Donald Trump rally scheduled for a school field house today forced local officials to end classes earlier than planned. The American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, which has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, is planning an anti-Trump protest across the […]

AFT teachers union gives Clinton Foundation $500,000 — 10% of all ‘charitable’ giving in 15-16

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Federation of Teachers has pumped $500,000 into foundations tied to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over the last year, and Clinton has repaid the favor by vowing to limit school choice. The union’s most recent financial disclosure shows the AFT gave the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation $250,000 last […]

Teachers union presidents focus more on Trump than improving schools at DNC

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized 4 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – Leaders of the nation’s teachers unions took to the stage of the Democratic National Convention Monday, but their comments were not focused on education but rather partisan politics, and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. American Federation of Teachers President Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten wasted no time in attacking Trump on stage Monday, and launched […]

Democratic education platform: Government knows best; less choice and more spending

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized 2 Comments

PHILADELPHIA – The education policies of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform rely heavily on government intervention to fix the problems that plague public education, virtually the opposite of a Republican platform focused primarily on parental choice. Democrats laid bare their “strong belief that every student should be able to go to college debt-free, and working […]

Boston union accused of using students ‘as propaganda’ during spending kerfuffle

By Victor Skinner on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

BOSTON – Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and others are calling out union-affiliated groups for their involvement in a “student” walkout Monday that drew more than 1,000 to the capitol. “I’d love to see who’s behind the walkout,” Walsh said. “Whoever’s behind it, I hope they start to feed the young students in our city with […]

Union exerts ‘Weiner’ defense after tweets calling teacher ‘penis,’ ‘douchebag’ anger school board

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 in Uncategorized No Comments

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – A Colorado teachers union is using the “Weiner defense” – Twitter account hacked – to explain away messages describing a teacher as a “penis” and “douchebag,” though school board members aren’t buying it. “DAC Meeting. (Redacted) looks like a penis. And that’s not a compliment #douchebag” the Douglas County Federation of […]

Teacher suing union over compulsory dues slams group’s lavish travel spending

By Victor Skinner on Wednesday, December 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized 1 Comment

NEW YORK – A new website backed by television anchor turned education reformer Campbell Brown is highlighting teacher union spending on lavish accommodations, luxury travel, and other extravagances. The website “The Seventy Four” – a reference to America’s 74 million student population – reviewed financial documents filed with the U.S. Labor Department between 2011 and […]