They’re Union, That’s Why

I am so tired of hearing how unions are destroying America…I’ve known that for years! Unions began with deliberateness and promoting their high and good ideas; I was one of their advocates.   However, the unions have evolved into a legal protection racket.  As a member you pay them off for the right to work (through union dues) and they keep lining their pockets.

The Wall Street Journal (07/10/2012) says, “But unions spend far more money on a wider range of political activities, including supporting state and local candidates and deploying what has long been seen as the unions’ most potent political weapon: persuading members to vote as unions want them to. 

And in my humble opinion, Randi Weingarten, and the American Federation of Teacher’s (AFT) is a good (at least they’re good for something) example of the – hurrah for me and —- you attitude that permeates the country today.    Government unions are crippling state and local budgets and hurting our children’s chances of getting a quality education.

Example: Since 2009 Randi Weingarten has been head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), where she has continued her crusade of halting school reforms and protecting the jobs of incompetent teachers because they’ve served their time, or their stint of duty and after that, well the fact is; many no longer care about the kids getting a good education.  She talks a good game but has yet to learn how to walk the good walk.  If you think her and her union buddies are pushing for better learning privileges for students you better read on…

Weingarten previously ran the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), an affiliate of the AFT representing New York City teachers, serving also as the group’s treasurer and longtime contract negotiator.

In the private sector, unions are trying to rig the rules to force workers into unions. Individuals should have a right to work without it costing money to work. In reality, unions are no different from buying protection “to work,” from the mob…as long as your payments are current there is no problem.  But miss a couple of payments and they are right there with their hands out waiting for the payoff.  They will never bar you from joining but may insist you take out a loan to pay your dues.

Government workers should not have lavish pensions and benefits out of line with the private sector taxpayers who pay their tab. Parents should be able to send their children to quality schools of their choice.

“[Randi Weingarten] would protect a dead body in the classroom because that’s her job,” to look out for her brother’s and sister’s of the union.  And you actually believed that she cared for your kid’s education.  If you would be happy in a job that requires no hustle or betterment, then you better go union.  But if your goal is to learn while promoting the organization and adding to its growth you had better go with a NON-union job.  Because you know that unions serve a definite group think; your own ideas won’t matter.

But back to President Randi Weingarten of the AFT:  Seven years into its existence, the nation’s first union-run school is one of the lowest-performing schools in New York. Fewer than a third of students are reading on grade level, and the math proficiency rate among eighth-graders is less than half the city average.

Randi Weingarten, opened a (unionized) charter school in Brooklyn. She stated its purpose: “Our schools will show real, quantifiable student achievement and with those results, finally dispel the misguided and simplistic notion that the union contract is an impediment to success.”

She dispelled nothing – if anything she bolstered her critics claims.  Ten years later, the poor performance of the UFT charter school—one of the worst-rated in the city—suggests that the union roadblocks to success weren’t so “misguided and simplistic” after all.

The UFT’s K-8 charter school announced this week that it is closing. That isn’t necessarily bad for the students: A review by the State University of New York Charter Institute, which sponsored the UFT’s charter application, found that the school had “poor” educational outcomes in the middle school grades also and of course.


Steve Richie

Hi folks, Two lives in one lifetime. The first me, lived to age thirty-four. That Steve was overly confident and oozing with pride. Then, on a record heat-setting day (107º) here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a one car near-fatal wreck left me in a two-month long coma. I emerged much as I was before minus certain physical capabilities, but my mind seemed mostly in tact. The crash and its effects did not change me (I emerged a happy individual) but the deeds perpetrated against me in the ensuing months from my wife of sixteen years scared and humbled me as I was dragged down with nothing left by my wife who now had guardianship over all of our accounts. And neither would she allow me to see our kids. She took everything out of, "Our" names and changed them to her name only; then would not allow me to our home and divorced me. I was angry, but no more. I spent half of 1988 and more than half of 1989 in hospitals, nursing homes and a three month stint at a head-injury rehab center where I was being taught how to re-enter society as this different person, that I didn't know. I was not able to return to my previous line of work, a self-employed decorator, you know, painting and paperhanging. It was a physical job which required much dexterity, finesse, and a good grasp of numbers. I returned to the beginning, school, but on a community college level. One of the instructor's liked my writing and I began focusing my attention on that. I attended classes at, "The Loft," A Place for Writers in Minneapolis. While there, a classmate of mine was having her friend from New York, a CBS executive, to her home for the holidays and asked me if she could do a critique on a couple chapters of a book I was writing, "A Day I'll Never Remember" and I obliged. When she returned to class the following Monday she told me that the exec wanted a ten-page synopsis of the book for a possible movie; I was excited. After obliging for that also, I never saw or heard from her or the guy from CBS. Next thing I knew I was watching a movie called, "Regarding Henry" starring Harrison Ford and the scenes of therapy were exactly like what I went through and had written about. Regarding Henry - could've been my story except that, "Henry" got his head injury from a gunshot and his wife stayed with him throughout the ordeal. Coincidence I'm sure, though, the therapy scenes entailed what I described in the book so I always wondered..... My hope, my dream is to bolster our income for my daughter and for myself. I am and have been raising this beautiful, talented little girl who was diagnosed with autism at age two, since 2006 singlehandedly. I divorced her mother the same year following complaints that I spent too much time with our daughter. However, Stephanie began school with no need for special education. She has been reading since age four and understanding what she'd read. Stephanie maintains straight "A's" on her report card, has published two books (through school) and has been selected as an, "Honors" student for seventh grade English. My ex moved to New York to be closer to her sister and has been remarried now for a number of years. Well, that's only a snippet of my sixty-one years and I would like to thank you for reading, thank you.

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