California union to parents: Stop volunteering!

posted at 3:05 pm on March 21, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In Culver City, Calif., a local union wants to force unionization of — get this — parent volunteers at the local public schools. At several schools in the city, parents have banded together to form non-profit booster clubs to fundraise for and hire part-time teacher’s helpers, who also mostly come from the ranks of the parents themselves.

The local union — the Culver City Association of Classified Employees — is not OK with that kind of initiative. The union wants the parents to continue to fundraise, but to send the funds directly to the school district so the district can then hire union employees to fill the part-time positions. As the union’s scheme makes clear, the school district presently doesn’t have the money to hire anyone to fill the roles parents have voluntarily filled. The parent volunteers aren’t stealing existing jobs from union employees.

The union has taken its request to the labor-friendly Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), a “quasi-judicial administrative agency that is charged with upholding and administering collective bargaining statutes that cover employees working in California schools.”

If the union has its way, parents will have to raise even more funds to cover the additional costs of union dues, administrative overhead and higher union wages — but they’ll have no say over hiring, control, supervision or decision-making. What’s to incentivize the fundraising in that scenario? As likely as not, parents will just stop putting forth the effort to raise funds in the first place — and students will lose the benefit of the added help in the classroom.

According to UnionWatch.org, this one local union’s war against volunteers isn’t an isolated example. From the website:

There are so many facets to the problem of public sector unions that one of their most outrageous abuses, their war on volunteerism, is barely covered by the media. But it happens all the time, especially in public education. If any volunteer does work that could be done by a unionized worker, even if no funds exist to hire that worker, the union is likely to use all their power to stop that volunteer from providing their services.

Last year, it was the unionization of babysitting. This year, it’s the unionization of volunteering. What’s next?

In case anyone’s forgotten, public employee unions are fundamentally different than their private-sector counterparts. In many states, efforts to curb public employee unions are essential to ensuring taxpayers receive services as efficiently and affordably as possible. UnionWatch.org explains:

Whether or not you agree with unions in the private sector, the justification for unionizing government workers rests on very different, and far more debatable assumptions. The purpose of government is to provide services to citizens as efficiently and equitably as possible. The purpose of unions is to extract as much money and benefits to their members as possible, as well as to acquire more members. These two purposes are intrinsically in opposition. In the private sector, unions oppose management, and union demands are mitigated by the fact that private companies must compete for customers and must therefore operate efficiently. In the public sector, unions are essentially opposing taxpayers, and the efficiency and the expense of government is not checked by market forces because the government is a monopoly with the power to force citizens to pay taxes.

 It’s compassion and concern for all taxpayers that motivates efforts to limit the power of public employee unions.

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Unions =/= not evil.

Akzed on March 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

obama’s anti-American unions are out of control.

Pork-Chop on March 21, 2012 at 3:09 PM

My son starts Pre-School next year. I think it’s better if we go an a voucher system.

Oil Can on March 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

This is what you call power hungry.

Red Cloud on March 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I think I’m beginning to see a pattern here…

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Seven Percent Solution on March 21, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Liberals used to complain that parents weren’t volunteering to help their students do better at school. Now, liberals are using unions to make sure parents can’t help their students do better at school.

lorien1973 on March 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

All public unions must be broken and disbanded – before they break us.

Rebar on March 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

This is what you call money hungry too.

Conservalicious on March 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

You eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Rethuglicans! The Constitution obviously supports unions:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, with the exception for unions, which Americans are required to participate in and provide financial assistance to its leadership; and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Can’t you read?! It’s clearly stated!

(/lib moonbat)

Kingfisher on March 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Isn’t it sickening, how the linchpin for both the State, and the Unions, is force?

OhEssYouCowboys on March 21, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Children hardest hit.

Ellis on March 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

There needs to be a daily post of what new crazy thing is happening in California. Heck make it an ABC 30 minute comedy that comes on every night. The entertainment potential is tremendous.

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

ITZ ALL FOR TEH CHILDRENZ!@#!!!!11!!

Good Lt on March 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

What’s sad is that this will probably end up going to court with some far leftist nutjob judge siding with the union.

I guess freedom to choose only applies to abortion. To the left, if you make it out alive then your ass belongs to them.

Kingfisher on March 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

I guess the unions didn’t get Arne Duncan’s recent twitter:

Arne Duncan ‏ @arneduncan Promoting a community culture, where education improvement is everyone’s responsibility, is our great nat’l mission. It does take a village.

Apparently the union doesn’t seem to believe the taxpayers are the villagers, too. Don’t you just love the unions? They absolutely detest the people who financially support them.

manateespirit on March 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

In case anyone’s forgotten, public employee unions are fundamentally different than their private-sector counterparts.

There was a time when the Dem party at least understood the difference. Not anymore, it seems.

visions on March 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Let’s just take the White House and the Congress, stop the federal boondoggle money flow into the state, and wait until California goes broke. It looks like we won’t have to wait long.

Archivarix on March 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Unbelievable! It does not stop!

KOOLAID2 on March 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Putting farmers out of busness to keep a bait fish alive has to be #1.

Oil Can on March 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

The War On Parents!!!!111!!!!111!!!

Strike Hornet on March 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Time to homeschool.

…until they won’t let us do that any more.

Spannerhead on March 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

I guess the unions didn’t get Arne Duncan’s recent twitter:

Arne Duncan ‏ @arneduncan Promoting a community culture, where education improvement is everyone’s responsibility, is our great nat’l mission. It does take a village.

Apparently the union doesn’t seem to believe the taxpayers are the villagers, too. Don’t you just love the unions? They absolutely detest the people who financially support them.

manateespirit on March 21, 2012 at 3:15 PM

The General Will returns!

visions on March 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

My son starts Pre-School next year. I think it’s better if we go an a voucher system.

Oil Can on March 21, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Democrats on educational vouchers: There’s not capacity in the system to voucherize education in the short term, so it’s not workable.

Democrats on emerging energy technologies: It’s vitally important that we force everyone into using wind and algae and biofuels even though there’s not capacity in the system right now, and if you object you lack vision!

DrSteve on March 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

At several schools in the city, parents have banded together to form non-profit booster clubs to fundraise for and hire part-time teacher’s helpers, who also mostly come from the ranks of the parents themselves.
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Well,it appears that the Union doesn’t want parents!!
to ‘Muscle In’,on their territory!!

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

YEah I bet this is the undercurrent to that statement,”Stop volunteering, it undercuts our ability to brainwash your children while you are not present”

jake49 on March 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Speaking of public schools,union intimidation tactics….
by the children!!
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Funny commercial by the Center for Union Facts rips union leaders for corruption, forced dues, discrimination, and politics.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahvDnPY5rsY&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

funny in that they explain the poor performance of their students on “lack of parent involvement”.

Gov Walker in Wisconsin is onto them (that’s why he will be faced with the upcoming recall election).

teejk on March 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Never question their devotion to the well-being of the chillldrennnnn!

Cicero43 on March 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

1. Home school your kids.
2. If you don’t have the time for that, but do have the money, then send your kids to private school.
3. If you’re busy and poor, then try to get them into a charter school of your liking.
4. If you can’t do that, then advocate for school vouchers in your area.
5. If all else fails, then move to a school district with better (i.e. old-fashioned) schools.

But whatever you do, do not let your kids go to a typical public school in this nation any more.

Zombie on March 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM

There needs to be a daily post of what new crazy thing is happening in California. Heck make it an ABC 30 minute comedy that comes on every night. The entertainment potential is tremendous.

DanMan on March 21, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Animal House is still a classic but getting stale…your idea will make you millions (but ya gotta throw in Oregon and Noo Yawk also).

teejk on March 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

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canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Unions are the second biggest danger to this country (the first is 0bama).

Wolftech on March 21, 2012 at 3:34 PM

My sister is an active member of a local teacher’s union. When I ask her what can be done to improve abysmal student performance, it’s never the teacher’s fault. If she’s not complaining about the lack of money available to them, she’s citing the lack of parental involvement – which I’m sure is a huge factor.

Enter a group of concerned parents working to improve the conditions for their children and the school, thru active participation, and the unions attempt to quash it. Not surprised at all.

Hill60 on March 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Very cool of you to post this, Ms. Korbe. (And you, canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM).

Parents in Culver City are outraged over this, to put it mildly. One of the school board members who endorsed the union position may be facing a recall very shortly, and it’s probably destroyed his chances for winning the city council seat he had in his sites when his school board term is up. Culver City, like the rest of the Los Angeles Westside, is Democrat– and this is not going over well at all.

de rigueur on March 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

I’m very grateful that my wife and I can afford to homeschool. Guess what! We’re not unionized!

Now, where did I put that voucher?

freedomfirst on March 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

“Give me four years to teach the children and
the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”

Vladimir Lenin

jukin3 on March 21, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Oops,Educators – not parents – know what’s best for children. “
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Educrats Know Better Than Parents About School Choice
Added: 14 hours ago
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Debbie Squires, associate director of the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, told the Michigan House Education Committee last week that educators – not parents – know what’s best for children. “

Chairman Thomas McMillin responded in disbelief. “Wow,” he said. “Parents don‘t know what’s best for their child…”
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=95e_1329430309

canopfor on February 17, 2012 at 8:16 AM

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

For the children, of course.

talkingpoints on March 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

DHS to announce that they’re investigating possible terrorist ties with the parents’ booster club in 5…4…3…2…

Kingfisher on March 21, 2012 at 3:41 PM

This reminds me of when my son was in Boy Scouts. For a summer project, he wanted to take himself and a couple of other Scouts and paint the lockers at the middle school he attended. The lockers were old, rusty, and dingy and he wanted to freshen them up. When he went to the school for permission, the janitors’ union stepped in and said “no” because that was their job to do. Of course, they obviously hadn’t been doing a thing to maintain these lockers and never did while my son was still going there.

Unions are scum.

Bitter Clinger on March 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Very cool of you to post this, Ms. Korbe. (And you, canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM).

de rigueur on March 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

de rigueur:Hey,I’m only the LinkyMaster,btw,thanks!!:)

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Never question their devotion to the well-being of the chillldrennnnn!
Cicero43 on March 21, 2012 at 3:28 PM

The line was certainly the “rallying” call of the left for decades (what Cad would deny the children???)…was one of those “shut-up” moments.

Fortunately, it got over-used and is getting ignored more and more.

teejk on March 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The Build-Up,of,Hopeys 1,000,000 man,er student
National Civilian security Forces!!
(sarc)

canopfor on March 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Well that makes perfect sense. /

tdpwells on March 21, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If the union has its way

Parents will no longer “volunteer”, nor will they participate in “fundraisers”.

This state is headed for a meltdown. The proles are too stupid to see it coming, and continue to elect Democrats to the Statehouse.

Moonbeam is in over his pointed bald head. His solution for everything is to cut services to the bone, then raise taxes. Of course politicians are exempt from any “cuts”.

This morning it was announced that a couple of Cal State University presidents were given raises. They already make over $300K a year, plus travel allowances AND housing allowances of $60k per year.

Giving out raises while saying that they’re cutting back on college admissions next year, and raising tuition fees.

IS THIS A GREAT STATE OR WHAT?

GarandFan on March 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I’m very grateful that my wife and I can afford to homeschool. Guess what! We’re not unionized!

Now, where did I put that voucher?

freedomfirst on March 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Don’t you mean we’re not unionized, yet.

At the rate things are going, you may be paying union dues whether you like it or not.

There is a certain mindset out there that would consider that only fair.

MessesWithTexas on March 21, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Hie your browser to the Khan Academy, bypass school altogether.

I’m a teacher who would be delighted to be put out of business that way.

Bob's Kid on March 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

No wonder our children are illiterate and uncivil. If I had school age children now? I’d scrub floors to send them to private school.

Portia46 on March 21, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Slutty Unions

Nemesis of Jihad on March 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The question was, “what’s next”….the answer is….the MILITARY.
They are making strides to unionize the military!

Mr. Sun on March 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

You can blame me: I just gave my son’s class in San Diego a lesson in political cartooning. I guess the union thugs just can’t have that.

Mutnodjmet on March 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

The union wants the $’s that parents volunarily raise. To spend as THEY see fit.
If at all possible, I’d leave town.
That kind of money should never get close to a union.

Jabberwock on March 21, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Who is John Galt?

ReaganWasRight on March 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Anyone who can home school should.

David Blue on March 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Here in California the unions and the legislature are combining to push ever more-radical liberal initiatives, to the great detriment of freedom and the state’s solvency. It appears everywhere. Too bad the rest of the US can’t shut off federal oxygen to California, New York, and Illinois.

GaltBlvnAtty on March 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

The parents have far more pull with the school board than some Trumka-wannabe.

They should tell this union to stuff it.

Also, if I’ve read this correctly, this is not a teacher’s union advocating this.

It’s a teacher’s fantasy to merely have to stick her head out the door and ask Mr. or Mrs. X to come into the classroom and give their little Johnny what for.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

The purpose of government is to provide services to citizens as efficiently and equitably as possible.

No.
The purpose of government is to provide a system of justice to act as a referee as we the people pursue our happiness as we define it.

single stack on March 21, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Union swine, a hearty “get hosed” to you one and all. Have a nice day lounging with your feet up.

Mason on March 21, 2012 at 4:09 PM

One really delicious irony of this is that these parents, a lot of them, have money. They’re typically liberal Dems who have no problem voting to tell other people what to do, but no one tells them what to do. California is rapidly approaching the boiling point.

de rigueur on March 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

BAT GUANO CRAZY!!!

Parental volunteers and non-volunteers substantially affect interstate commerce….anyone can volunteer at anytime and not all areas have parents to volunteer…..therefore we need a parental volunteer mandate for the entire nation and the mandate must include unionization…..anyone with a school aged child is now instructed to pay union dues…..

Just following the (il)logic….

powerpickle on March 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

As usual, it always comes down to the unions wanting more money.
But naturally this – volunteerism – is a major threat to the teacher’s unions. If people are willing to work with the kids for free, or at least below union rates, it kills the union meme that teachers are just never paid enough for what they do.

dentarthurdent on March 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Funny how when one becomes part of the union, unions seem to be such a great idea.
More power, more money, less work.

Has there ever been a mass resignation from a union in the last 20 years?

School teachers belong to unions, they must love this idea….

albill on March 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

More proof that the Unions don’t care about children or education at all.

The only thing the Unions care about is maximizing the money the Union collects from its members and the power that comes with that money.

It is long past time for Union Members to stand up to their Union leaders and oppose this type of nonsense.

wren on March 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Time to homeschool.

…until they won’t let us do that any more.

Spannerhead on March 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Coming soon!

squint on March 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

What’s next?

Unionizing parents.

taznar on March 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Unionizing parents.

taznar on March 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

One state has already tried doing that – was it Minnesota or Illinois? Insisted parents getting money from the state for taking care of their own disabled kids (Medicaid maybe?) would be considered public employee union members – or at least had union dues deducted from their government check.

dentarthurdent on March 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Yet another despicable money-grab by the unions. Either unionize and give all your funds and power to us” or go away.

Reminds me of the power-grab by O’s administration vis a vis the contraception mandate. If O and the communists can pass law that essentially eviscerates the Catholic church and charities,those who currently use those charities have no where else to turn but the government.

Thank you, Governor Walker, for realizing just how important this fight is.

jersey taxpayer on March 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Besides, if the parents are at the school volunteering, they are more likely to see what is going on there in the way of brain-washing and indoctrination and object to it. We can’t have that now, can we?

lukjuj on March 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

As president of the National Association of Conservative bloggers I must order all bloggers on Hot Air to cease and desist in their non union activities. I demand that all bloggers send me fifty dollars a month so that I can influence members of Congress to eliminate all other non union bloggers.

Smedley on March 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Another black eye for my city.

unclesmrgol on March 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Besides, if the parents are at the school volunteering, they are more likely to see what is going on there in the way of brain-washing and indoctrination and object to it.

lukjuj on March 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Considering this is Californians we’re talking about…

squint on March 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It takes a unionized village…

AttaBoyLuther on March 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Unionizing parents.
taznar on March 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

One state has already tried doing that – was it Minnesota or Illinois? ..
dentarthurdent on March 21, 2012 at 4:42 PM

That’d be Michigan, and we’re making SLOW progress to shut off the Home Health Care ‘Dues Skim’. Read all about it.

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CaveatEmpty on March 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

My sister is an active member of a local teacher’s union. When I ask her what can be done to improve abysmal student performance, it’s never the teacher’s fault. If she’s not complaining about the lack of money available to them, she’s citing the lack of parental involvement – which I’m sure is a huge factor.

Hill60 on March 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Here in Ohio, over $10,000 per year is spent on each public school student. And yet, in my area, private schools provide better education at around $7,000 per year per student (in high school, elementary is cheaper).

You need to ask your sister how a school that spends 30% less can outperform her public school teacher’s union. Ask her why she thinks more should be spent on a model shown to have a consistently poor return on investment.

Oh, and a stay-at-home mom with no teaching education can provide an even better result than either of those sets of teachers when homeschooling.

dominigan on March 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

That’d be Michigan, and we’re making SLOW progress to shut off the Home Health Care ‘Dues Skim’. Read all about it.

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CaveatEmpty on March 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

My apologies to Michiganites – in several ways – I couldn’t remember who it was. Talk about union power-grab (and money of course – always about the money)…..

dentarthurdent on March 21, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Here in Ohio, over $10,000 per year is spent on each public school student.

dominigan on March 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The California School Finance Center is a handy online database that shows that Culver City Unified School District spends $10,783.30 per student.

$10K+ for a 9 month school year should be plenty of money to teach a child reading, writing, math, history and science.

You can use this link to look up info for any other school district in California:

http://schoolfinancecenter.org/data.php?action=summary&cds=19644440000000&type=fiscal

wren on March 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Only in Cali, huh?

I swear. People just keep getting dumber and dumber. :P

If they try to unionize bloggers, we’ll KNOW the Nargles are behind it. :)

LunaLovegood on March 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Democrats on educational vouchers: There’s not capacity in the system to voucherize education in the short term, so it’s not workable.

Democrats on emerging energy technologies: It’s vitally important that we force everyone into using wind and algae and biofuels even though there’s not capacity in the system right now, and if you object you lack vision!

DrSteve on March 21, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Excellent.

slickwillie2001 on March 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

For years, the same struggle (with much better justification) has gone on in police departments, although only police volunteers see it happening.

There are certain LE activities that honestly do not require a sworn officer, that uniformed, trained volunteers could undertake, however frequently, police unions prevent it.

ElRonaldo on March 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Similar thing happened at my kids school. Due to budget cuts we had to lay off the librarians. This is this an elementary school so no big deal. But we were clearly told it was not allowed to replace a union job with volunteers. We are talking about the kids walking, a class at a time, to the library once a week and check out books and get read a story, like an hour per class. So instead of having a parent able to offer to do it, some employee from the state office comes in to check out the books to the kids but is not allowed to read them stories. Yeah, it’s all about the kids, right? And we were actually told that the union would be watching this very closely to make sure it wasn’t violated. Ridiculous huh?

And this is California and I actually think it is waking a lot of the otherwise liberal parents up as to how stupid this is.

rose-of-sharon on March 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Keep it up Unions! all the way to Nov!

Dingbat63 on March 21, 2012 at 7:50 PM

And this is California and I actually think it is waking a lot of the otherwise liberal parents up as to how stupid this is.

rose-of-sharon on March 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Please help to frequently remind every parent who has a child at this school not to vote for any candidate who is supported by the Unions! I.e. Never vote for Democrats in local, state or Federal elections!

Some of these parents may not have made the connection between Democrat Candidates and Union Power yet, so you can help them connect the dots.

wren on March 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

El Marino is the big target of this effort — because it’s a Japanese and Spanish language immersion school.

The school exists because of native Japanese and Spanish speakers who have volunteered at the school.

They function as unpaid language instructors to facilitate an environment in which all classroom teaching — even English instruction — is done in one of the above two “primary” languages. In this era of union job losses, such a level of volunteerism is unacceptable.

The school has a very long waiting list for entry.

My neighbor across the street is one of the Japanese instructors.

http://culvercitycrossroads.com/2011/05/05/celebrate-40-years-of-immersion-may-13-15/

unclesmrgol on March 21, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Is Jennifer Granholm (of unionizing private daycare fame) leading the effort on this one?

Mr Galt on March 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

If you read the rationale for public vs. private sector unions, it is clear that the idea of a public sector union is lunacy.

tngmv on March 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Please help to frequently remind every parent who has a child at this school not to vote for any candidate who is supported by the Unions! I.e. Never vote for Democrats in local, state or Federal elections!
Some of these parents may not have made the connection between Democrat Candidates and Union Power yet, so you can help them connect the dots.

wren on March 21, 2012 at 8:06 PM

This is not just ca, this is the bay area. These people are not quite ready for that.They might never be. There are people that are liberal and are just always going to be. But due to our severe budget issues a lot of parents who otherwise wouldn’t are getting very involved in local politics and it is eye opening and that is a big start. My town is actually a very small town relatively economically poor compared to surrounding areas and we have been pretty fiscally responsible because of it, but the major problem is not only the economy but also how the state’s budget issue has taken our funds hostage and it is making people question what are state reps are doing about it. Really, this is huge here. There is no question these people will vote in democrats, but that they are starting to demand some accountability from them is a start.

Actually our teachers and parents and school board and legislators work together pretty well, but it is a pretty small city for this area, so it works for me. It’s not so insane that I can’t stand it lol.

rose-of-sharon on March 22, 2012 at 1:03 AM

Stupid parents, what part of WE KNOW BETTER don’t you get?

FineasFinn on March 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Unions suck. They promote and protect the lowest common denominator. Axe a teach what that means. Bet they don’t know (at least in CA).

StevC on March 22, 2012 at 10:28 AM

And this is California and I actually think it is waking a lot of the otherwise liberal parents up as to how stupid this is.

rose-of-sharon on March 21, 2012 at 7:18 PM

You would be wrong. I guarantee it. Keep watching.

runawayyyy on March 22, 2012 at 11:44 AM

This is the “All your jobs are belong to us” mentality that public employees often have, especially union ones. They view the government as an employment agency. It’s function is not to serve the public – it’s function is to provide jobs to union members, and only in an ancillary fashion serve the public. If there is a public function to be performed, it is the viewpoint of the public unions that the government should perform it, not self-organized members of the community, and it should only be performed by public union labor.

Here is another example: http://articles.mcall.com/2009-11-15/news/4476519_1_eagle-scout-nick-balzano-seiu-members . In Allentown, Penn., back in November of 2009, a group of some 39 union members had been laid off because Allentown could no longer afford to employ them. A Boy Scout seeking to earn his Eagle award is required to plan and run a service project that benefits the public. So a local Eagle Scout candidate, with the permission of the city of Allentown, cleared 1000 feet of a walking and biking path at a local park.

From the story:
“Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

Balzano said Saturday he isn’t targeting Boy Scouts. But given the city’s decision in July to lay off 39 SEIU members, Balzano said “there’s to be no volunteers.” No one except union members may pick up a hoe or shovel, plant a flower or clear a walking path.”

Right. Because the union, not the public, owns the right to do work for the community. The union members don’t have jobs to benefit the public. The public exists to benefit the union. God forbid that the community do unpaid work for itself. Why, they’re stealing from the union members! Those are THEIR jobs!

RonF on March 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I learned this lesson in 1994 in conservative Orange County, CA. My daughter had started in grade school and I decided to follow in my parents’ footsteps who were active supporters of my schools as I grew up in Ohio in the 1960′s. They were always doing something as part of the PTA – painting the classrooms, tidying up the grounds, installing playground equipment, putting up the lights, stands and the refreshment stand at the local high school football field, etc. It was a real community activity.

At one of the first PTA meetings my wife and I attended, the group was asking for an OK to buy paint for freshening up the classrooms. I suggested that as a group we could all come in on a weekend and paint the whole school. I was quietly informed that we couldn’t do that without upsetting the district’s painters’ union and risking a strike of all unionized district workers.

Later, we were on the Technology Committee of the PTA and we were funding the purchase of personal computers and a server for the school. The computers needed to be connected to a cabled local area network. Since my wife had been in the LAN cabling business she offered to plan and execute the work with some of her former co-workers and any PTA volunteers. We would save thousands of dollars by DIY. Nope – it had to be done by union members. Her former employer offered to do the work for $1 and provide all the proof of the necessary licenses, insurance coverage, worker’s comp, etc. But that was rejected because he ran a non-union shop.

We tendered our resignation from the PTA at that point.

in_awe on March 23, 2012 at 1:16 PM