As noted yesterday, the Michigan Democrats are apparently bent on mass suicide. I thought their idea of a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing union privilage was stupid, but now here’s the Michigan Education Association president urging its members to support illegal work stoppages to protect their gold-plated retirement and top-of-the-nation wage scale.
The letter advises employees that they could be fired for striking, but reads that:
"It is simply not possible to replace all or most school employees in the state…It is to, say the least, a time-consuming and expensive process for school districts."
The letter also warns "There may be some inconvenience for your students.”
Amazing. Absolutely amazing.
At the rate these guys are going, all public sector unions will be outlawed by the end of the year – and it will be by popular acclamation, not “dictatorial” Republican governors.
Conservatives have long opposed public sector unions, but most of their arguments were based in theory rather than practice. For example, when one notes that unionized employees serve their union rather than their employer (the taxpayers) and raised the specter of illegal actions, union supporters could always claim that this was extreme and would never happen.
Now we see that even law enforcement unions are acting more like Mob enforcers than sworn officers of the state.
It is clear that the MEA and other public sector unions care far more about feathering their own nests than serving the public. Even if the MEA backs down, it is intolerable than an unelected and unaccountable group of people should hold effective veto power over the state of public education in Michigan.
Think about that: The MEA president is not subject to a statewide popular vote; she is operating above the law.
The unions keep screaming “This is what democracy look like,” but let’s go to the very first section of Michigan’s Constitution, shall we?
1 Political power.
Sec. 1. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.
What the MEA chief is proposing is in direct opposition to this. An unelected, unaccountable cartel now holds effective veto power over the state’s school system. Unless their demands are met, they will shut it down.
Whether one likes or hates Gov. Rick Snyder, he was elected by a majority of the voters in November. Should he exceed his mandate, he is subject to recall, just like the Legislature.
How do we recall the MEA? How do we – the people paying the salaries of its members and lining its leadership’s pockets – have any say in what this group of renegades do?
Indeed, this abuse of power is why teacher strikes were outlawed 20 years ago. That alone is what allowed the MEA to survive. Should they violate the law, they will have demonstrated that they can no longer be trusted – the danger is simply too great.
If the local unions have any brains at all, they will resoundingly reject this call, as it will result in their utter destruction. Michigan has double-digit unemployment and many of those workers are highly educated and would jump at the chance to teach. The MEA has set up a guild system to keep those workers out, to create an artificial labor shortage in order to boost their wages. A teaching certification now takes five years – but in the face of necessity, those rules will go out the window.
Districts will finally be able to make flexible hiring choices and when the dust has settled, I bet the best and most dedicated teachers will choose to stay with their kids and the families they are helping rather than a corrupt power-hungry cabal.