(quote) Mike-905381 said: Paul,
I would have to think that Karen is referring to her union at the local district level. One reason she brings this up is to show that, at the level she can be most closely involved, (her own district) her union is doing good work to aid learning and working conditions for students and teachers.
Bravo to her local union for caring about the children!
The NEA is also involved in the same things the local union is. As is the other major teacher union. That does not even address the unions that "represent" college teachers which are even more leftist and wacky.
Nevertheless, the NEA is also involved in and actively promoting and funding the insanities of the wacky left in this country. Therefore, at the very least, the local affiliate is involved in the funding of those insanities. Chances are, however, that some of the leadership at the local level are also directly involved in supporting and promoting the nonsense.
Unfortunately, in most school districts, even if a teacher is able to opt out of membership in the local union, they are still required to pay the equivalent amount to the Unions, not as a membership fee but as a payment for the supposed work they do on behalf of all the teachers. Which of course is pure nonsense and is an extortion of money from the teacher.
So I will stick to my original statement, if the local union of which she is a member (I believe she mentioned the Ohio Education Association) is an affiliate of the NEA then the union supports and promotes the aqgenda of the wacky left financial and as a matter of policy.