October 16, 2010

Union Versus Husband

Justin Katz

The proper scope of union activities has been a topic of conversation, around here, lately, and I've been drawing my line mainly where the union become a broader advocate for its members in the public, specifically political, sphere. Here's a particularly curious instance:

I'm Jade Thompson and my husband, Andy Thompson, is running for the Ohio House of Representatives. I am a teacher at Marietta High School. Imagine my chagrin when my friends and colleagues began showing me the awful attack ads against my husband which they had received in the mail. Now imagine my dismay when I saw that those defamatory mailers were paid for by the Ohio Education Association — my teachers' union. In effect, they are using my union dues to attack my husband! This is a new low, even for the OEA.

The worst part is that Mrs. Thompson cannot withdraw her support for the union without leaving her job — indeed, without pretty much abandoning her career.

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Presumably, Jade Thompson and her "ilk" is the reason that many (most? all?) union endorsements - and the attendant influx of campaign contributions - are carefully and undemocratically kept out of the hands of rank and file members.

Posted by: Monique at October 16, 2010 8:03 PM

How long has Crowley been in Ohio??

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 16, 2010 8:29 PM

Three words: RIGHT TO WORK!

Posted by: George at October 18, 2010 1:30 PM
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