IS ANYONE THINKING AT NEA?
years, Iíve had to struggle real hard to think of why our union should remain
with the National Education Association (NEA).
Ossified as it has become with essentially only opposition to the No
Child Left Behind Act as its vision, itís been difficult to locate the
interest of the PCT in an organization that seeks to decide policy issues with
focus groups and can be thrown into a tizzy by some technical violation of one
of its sacred by-laws while it remains silent about issues like the
re-enslavement of teachers in the name of professionalism or the carnage in
Iraq. How different todayís NEA is
from that organization that opposed the war in
That which has hardened the heart of
the NEA has now attacked its brain. Instead
of joyously endorsing the work of the
leadership of NEA/New York and the New York State United Teachers for overcoming
years of mutual enmity and fashioning principles of merger that will unite just
about all educators and support personnel in New York, instead of getting behind
a document that was crafted with the aid and support of NEA staff, the
leadership of the NEA has clearly chosen to jeopardize a merger in New York by
announcing that the New York agreement fails to satisfy one of its affiliation
requirements. While the agreement
permits all locals who want to vote for officers by secret ballot to do so, the
merger agreement doesnít guarantee that every local will choose to do so.
Itís not a matter of principle at all.
Itís the NEA meddling with the rights of
will be a merger in
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