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Malkin: Teacher's Unions Earn 'F' for Wisconsin Recall Abuse

By Michelle Malkin

They really outdid themselves. In Wisconsin and across the nation, public school employee unions spared no kiddie human shields in their battle against GOP Gov. Scott Walker's budget and pension reforms. Students were the first and last casualties of the ruthless Big Labor war against fiscal discipline.

To kick off the yearlong protest festivities, the Wisconsin Education Association Council led a massive "sickout" of educators and other government school personnel. The coordinated truancy action -- tantamount to an illegal strike -- cost taxpayers an estimated $6 million. Left-wing doctors assisted the campaign by supplying fake medical excuse notes to teachers who ditched their public school classrooms to protest Walker's modest package of belt-tightening measures.

When they weren't ditching their students, radical teachers steeped in the social justice ethos of National Education Association-approved community organizer Saul Alinsky were shamelessly using other people's children as their own political junior lobbyists and pawns. A Milwaukee Fox News affiliate caught one fourth-grade teacher dragging his students on a "field trip" to demonstrate against Walker at the state Capitol building.

The pupils clapped along with a group of "solidarity singers" as they warbled: "Scott Walker will never push us out, this house was made for you and me."

Hundreds of high school students from Madison were dragooned into marches. When asked on camera why they had skipped school, one told a reporter from the Wisconsin-based MacIver Institute: "I don't know. I guess we're protesting today." Happy for the supply of warm young bodies, AFSCME Local 2412 President Gary Mitchell gloated: "The students have been so energized."

"Energized"? How about educated, enlightened and intellectually stimulated? Silly parents. Remember: "A" isn't for academics. It's for "agitation" and "advocacy." Former National Education Association official John Lloyd's words must not be forgotten: "You cannot possibly understand NEA without understanding Saul Alinsky. If you want to understand NEA, go to the library and get 'Rules for Radicals.'"

Against a rising tide of rank-and-file teachers who oppose their leaders' extremist politics, the national offices of the NEA and the American Federation of Teachers shoveled millions in forced union dues into astroturfed, anti-Walker coffers. According the, strapped state affiliates also coughed up major sums to beat back Wisconsin's efforts to bring American union workers into the 21st century in line with the rest of the workforce:

"The Ohio Education Association made a $58,000 in-kind contribution May 30, followed a day later by a $21,000 contribution from the Pennsylvania State Education Association. New York State United Teachers gave $23,000 on June 1, the Massachusetts Education Association gave $17,000 on May 31, and a group of unions based in Washington, D.C., poured in $922,000 during the past week." Even the Alaska NEA affiliate pitched in $4,000.

Back in the Badger State, the Education Action Group Foundation caught Milwaukee teacher's union head Bob Peterson on tape this week bragging about how his school district organized bus runs and stuffed flyers into every K-8 student's backpack urging them to vote in the recall election. No, this wasn't a civic, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote effort. It was a purely partisan self-preservation campaign. Peterson preaches that educators must be "teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movement for workers rights, oppressed peoples' rights." Because, you know, asking teachers to contribute more to their pension plans is just like the crushing of freedom fighters in Iran, Egypt and China.

The progressives' blatant exploitation of bureaucratic authority over the nation's schoolchildren -- at the expense of classroom achievement and fiscal sanity -- isn't sitting well with the public. A new Marquette University Law School poll released on the eve of the Wisconsin recall election showed that "only 40 percent of those surveyed said they had a favorable view of public-sector unions, while 45 percent viewed them unfavorably." In addition, "three-quarters of respondents said they approved of the law Walker signed requiring public employees to contribute to their own pensions and pay more for health insurance, while 55 percent approved of the new limits on collective bargaining for state employees that Walker signed into law."

Uncertainty reigned over Wisconsin as both sides braced for a possible recount on Tuesday night. But from their first unhinged salvos 16 months ago in the state Capitol and right up until Election Day, the union bosses have made one thing clear as a playground whistle: It's not about the children. It's never about the children. It's about protecting the power, perks and profligacy of public employee union monopolies.


Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    June 6, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Scot Walker has struck a shattering blow in favor the rule of honest government run by honest people who now once again have a chance to reap the results and rewards of their honest labor, no longer redistributed dishonestly by a dishonest government to the dishonest people who seek to contrive to live dishonestly off the honest means of others. Cudos to the sane people of Wisconsin who chose the blessings of individual freedom over the collective destructive insanity of union inspired socialism and the socialist collective of losers who must resort to dishonest means and subterfuge to fight in the trenches for their dishonest cause, where our children just become so many more pawns to be sacrificed on the union chessboard of power play. Now on to the national level and the conquest and redemption of a similarly fouled infected federal government. The sleeping spirit of our American Capitalist rights to private property and reward according to effort, what you do and what you know, not WHO you know, has awakened and struck fear into the heart of the Democrat party and their voting base of collective dependency.

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  2. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    Well, what do you expect…you’re talking about the teacher unions here. Their last concern is the kids. Next thing you know you’ll be expecting Obozo to tell the truth.

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  3. SweetOlBobComment by SweetOlBob
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I hope I’m right when I say that the contributions made by educators to their retirement and health care wasn’t the reason the unions fought so hard against Walker.
    It was because union dues would no longer be automatically deducted from the salaries of teachers causing them to have write their own checks to pay union dues.
    This would cause them to ask “What am I getting for my money?” “Is it going to reelect Obama?”

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  4. effwingerComment by effwinger
    June 6, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Now while the iron is hot, we need a movement for a NATIONAL right to work law. Who in congress has the guts? The conservatives must stop being nice, and start fighting to win. The Dims will stop at nothing. Time to flip on the lights, and stomp the cockroaches……

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      June 6, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

      Elections do have consequences like Obama is fond of saying, let’s hope this is a consequence realized as a result of the coming election.

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    • btrevoryoungComment by btrevoryoung
      June 6, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

      What we really need is a national RIGHT TO BE EDUCATED law. One that forbids teachers from brainwashing their students and from using them to promote their own socialist agendas. Elementary, Middle, and High School students should NEVER be recruited by their teachers to protest some government policy the teacher doesn’t like, nor to advocate some policy they do like. And they shouldn’t be indoctrinated into political beliefs, of any stripe, in the classroom itself, that their parents may not agree with. (And they shouldn’t be taught that there’s something wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition, because that’s just stupid.) And they most certainly shouldn’t be indoctrinated into environmental doomsday hoaxes like Global Warming. Teachers should stick to teaching the subjects and let the students form their own opinions on issues, rather that ABUSING the respect that most kids have for their teachers by brainwashing them to support whatever leftist cause the teachers believe most strongly in.

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  5. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    I guess the unions couldn’t find enough DEAD people still on the voter rolls. It must be that breath of fresh air that blew into Wisconsin.

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  6. Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:24 pm

    Wisconsin will be just fine UNTIL the people “forget” who cares about their welfare. If the time comes that they elect another Jackazz Demonrat, they’ll be right in the hopper again!

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  7. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    If a right leaning teacher (I’m sure there must be some out there) did the same thing with visits to protest an abortion clinic, or for a tea party rally, or for a religious freedom rally I am sure the teacher would be out of a job so fast their head would spin…and they’d be sued by some parents.

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  8. thedoveComment by thedove
    June 6, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    I heard on one of the talk shows that the public union in Wisconsin has lost 54% of its membership since the dues law was passed. Have not verified same, but the host is normally a reliable source, and quoted a survey.

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  9. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    June 6, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    These teachers were poor role models and easily led by the pied piper union thugs.

    Teachers really have it good. They are paid well for what they do and have great healthcare and retirement benefits…mot to mention the scads of school holidays and summers off. They were asked to contribute a very small percentage of their salaries to their health plans and pensions. Many private sector corporations have done away with traditional pensions in favor of 401K’s so I cannot cry for these whiners.

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  10. carl99999Comment by carl99999
    June 6, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    And to think parents are wondering why the student bullying problem in public schools has become so pervasive and brutal – the kids are learning it from their indoctrinators

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  11. JDZComment by JDZ
    June 7, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    Guess what our new government sponsored GM just announced? They are getting rid of their SRP (Salaried Retirement Program) for non-union workers. How about the good job Obama is doing for domestic auto industry? As I see it, with the help of the Teamsters and other unions, he has basically nationalized the largest domestic auto company and proud of it. The government and the labor unions now own GM. I never hear him mention that he sold Chrysler to Fiat (Italian company) and that Ford never took a dollar from the government and is doing just fine. Funny how he forgets which companies actually make up our official domestic auto industry.

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