June 18, 2009

BREAKING: Crowley Says Union Lawsuits Frivolous

Justin Katz

Well, there you have it — further evidence of the unions' strategy for getting their way. In a comment to Marc's post on legislation creating perpetual union contracts, National Education Association of Rhode Island Assistant Executive Director Pat Crowley comments:

Right wingers in favor of frivolous lawsuits.....gotta love it.

As in: If this legislation doesn't pass, we, the unions, will deliberately drain public coffers with frivolous lawsuits designed to twist your arms until you cry, "Alinsky!"

Of course, this is a threat that has surely rung out in every town in the state; here's our example in Tiverton.

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I filmed Newsmakers with Mr. Crowley this AM. Should be on the site before airing on Sunday. The topic was- Labor control of RI. It was fun!

He mentioned the lawsuits - it must be nice to have so many lawyers you can file frivolously.

Did you know that the NEA-RI dispersed $6.7m last year, of which (as Justin has reported) about $84k went to Pat. But, according to LM-2 reports (available at the Transparency Train) only $5 of that is for "political activity." Yup, you read correctly - $5. That means he only spends 0.0059% of his time advocating for legislation or politicians.

You can't make this stuff up.

Posted by: Bill Felkner at June 18, 2009 1:16 PM

You can't.That's bizarre.Crowley is a political activist on numerous issues totally separate and apart from teachers' employment matters.

Posted by: joe bernstein at June 19, 2009 1:22 PM

And, for the record, totally separate from his employment at NEARI.

Posted by: Bob Walsh at June 20, 2009 7:32 AM

you are so silly Justin. Only you would interpret it that was.

Take the thesaurus out of your mouth...it will help with your perception organ

Posted by: Pat Crowley at June 21, 2009 7:16 AM
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