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WI Union Boss Tells Teachers To Return

From a clearly ticked off Associated Press:

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mary Bell, left, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, hold hand during a rally at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

Wis. union head calls on teachers to go to work

Sunday, February 20, 2011

MADISON, Wis. — The head of Wisconsin’s powerful teachers’ union is calling on educators to return to classrooms Monday and Tuesday rather than continue being absent to protest an anti-union bill at the state Capitol.

The protests against a bill that would take away public workers’ right to collectively bargain for their benefits and working conditions forced several school districts to shut down last week after teachers called in sick to join demonstrators in Madison.

Mary Bell is president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. She said on Sunday that it’s time for her members to return to work. For districts that do not recognize Monday as the President’s Day holiday, she said teachers should go to work. Others should report as scheduled on Tuesday.

Bell says teachers will continue opposing the proposal.

Man alive. Can you image what their internal polling must be showing for the head of the teachers union to tell its members to go back to work?

This must be turning into a public relations disaster for them.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “WI Union Boss Tells Teachers To Return”

  1. River0 says:

    Hey! Back off! They’ve got work to do! Didn’t you hear them saying, “We’re doing it for the children… If we don’t do this now these kids won’t have a five-day work week, or a weekend, or eight-hour days!”

    It’s not the money. There are far nobler motives in play here.

  2. wardmama4 says:

    Perhaps the parents are getting smart and threatening the very jobs these morons are walking away from – Replacement teachers (you know people who actually want to teach) and/or taking their kids elsewhere – either one will make any hard-core unionist re-think their position – have a job – can always fight tomorrow – lose the job and (possibly) lose those benefits down the road – completely.

    Use to be people like my husband and daughter could substitute teach – hey, in this economy, it’s a job – thanks to the Unions – that is no longer possible. And we go without a paycheck and some moron who would rather protest than teach – is hired.

    Great lesson for the children – submit to the Union and the State – rather than be an Individual and FREE.

    Slavery – same ole, same ole – just another name UNION.

  3. proreason says:

    Don’t forget. The Organizer in Chief is 100% amoral. He and his thugs have probably now read the tea leaves and realize this isn’t a fight they can even come close to winning. So his “principles” will have to change.

    It won’t surpise be one bit if he doesn’t turn on a dime and claim that he has guided Wisconsin and the Unions to a compromise solution that is a triumph for the country and for fiscal responsibility. In fact, I predict that he will somehow claim success.

    btw, don’t be fooled because some of the teachers seem to be sweet little ladies. You can’t be a good person and support breaking laws and policies that are supported by a clear majority of the public. You can’t be a good person and still demand that you deserve significantly more and better than the people who are paying you receive for harder work and longer hours.

    And the teachers are probably the state government workers, other than emergency responders, who are doing the MOST valuable work (6-7 hours a day for 180 days a year, extended holidays and no weekend work. And anybody posting on S&L could step into a classroom tomorrow and at least get by as a teacher. Some would immediately be the best teacher in the school.). Almost all other gubabmint workers are doing work that adds virtually little value to society. They either count beans, make unnecessary rules, or collect taxpayer money for one or another unnecessary and confiscatory tax or penalty. A few do valuable support work (i.e., IT support, management, etc.), but the work is often to maintain a function that shouldn’t even be performed, a function that is a drain on society rather than adding value. (i.e., HHS, energy regulation, welfare, medical regulation, etc etc etc). Of course, this is somewhat less pronounced at the state level than the federal level, since the states at least are operating according to their own constitutions.

  4. Right of the People says:

    It’s amazing how one’s principles go out the window when one’s livelihood is threatened.

    I remember back in the late sixties/early seventies when our teachers went out on strike back when they were first unionized. We loved it since we didn’t have to go to school for the first few days until they got subs in. In today’s economy if they can break the union these clowns might be slitting their own throats if they don’t get back in the classroom.

  5. Gladius et Scutum says:

    If the union president is publicly calling for a return to work, why is the first union activity listed on the union website for Tuesday “Come to Madison…!” http://www.weac.org/Issues_Advocacy/Legislative_Resources/Support_Our_Union/activities.aspx also, the Madison public schools were closed today (Monday) and will be tomorrow, “due to concerns about substantial staff absences” http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/ Seems the union president is telling different things to different people.

    If you are not familiar with Madison, home of the University of Wisconsin, it is very nearly as left as Berkley, CA. A lot of those protestors just walked a mile and a half down Campus Drive to the Capitol building. For that same reason, asking the UW Madison Medical Center to invesigate the doctors who wrote phony absentee excuses is like asking the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to investigate people who insulted Czar Nicholas.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Please consider that the schools are now plantations and the teachers are the
    whipping boys. All the while, Massa dingleBarry is the owner.


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