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Thursday, May 12, 2005

NEA is to Education as Morticians are to Healthcare

The teachers union needs to hire a new camouflage consultant.

Anchor Rising’s article by Donald B. Hawthorne punctures the NEA (teachers’ union) balloon.  As usual, their puffery aims to conceal a self-centered agenda that has little relationship to educating students.

A sample from Mr. Hawthorne’s piece:

The NEA opposes privatization of accounts, but the funny thing is that they have members in various states who opt-out of social security to enjoy the benefits of private retirement accounts. So, on its face, the NEA wants to deny the rest of us the very same thing that its members are permitted. hypocritical enough to be sure, but the NEA is not just about politics. Like any liberal parochial organization, it is about itself to the exclusion of its members.

The President’s plan will most likely involve mandatory participation in the social security system, which means that employers, not the state, will likely be participating in making a defined contribution to their employees’ retirement. That means that where the teachers have opted out of Social Security, they are back in, and thus there is less salary from which the NEA can collect member dues. But more to the point, the NEA’s ability to bargain for the defined benefit plans for teachers’ retirements—a happy source of revenue—would be gone.

The NEA seems to get that. Check this from their site:
Mandatory coverage of public employees would increase the tax burden on public-sector employers. Ultimately, these increased tax obligations would lead to difficult choices, including reducing the number of new hires, limiting employee wage increases, reducing cost-of-living increases for retirees, and reducing other benefits such as health care.

Ignoring the granny-scaring for a moment, the bottom line is that the NEA is concerned that there will be fewer members for them, or in any case, less salary for them to prey upon.

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Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 05/12 at 12:20 AM
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