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2 comments | June 19, 2007 | 9:36 AM | posted by Ryan

The Seattle Times laid into the Washington Education Association this morning. In an editorial called, “WEA ducks and weaves after Supreme Court loss,” Times editors condemned the WEA and its allies in the Governor’s mansion and Legislature for conspiring to undermine the First Amendment rights of workers by passing a law to undermine the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.

“We understand why it was done that way: The Democrats get most union contributions, and they want large ones. But co-mingling amounts to a kind of money laundering, and the Legislature and governor never should have approved it.”

The Editors concluded that the WEA should have two accounts; one for representing workers, another for politics and organizing.

“Everyone the union represents would pay into the first account under the same formula, but only the members would pay into the second one. That way, the rights of the nonmembers would be protected and the members could see what the optional expenses were costing them.”
The proposal could be a decent solution. Teachers should be proud to see the Seattle Times standing next to them in this fight.

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Blogger SVC Alumnus Blogger said...

This editorial gets it right.

The only rapid way forward is for the WEA to agree to this plan. Hopefully the new WEA President will see it that way.

11:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the article actually say, "Co-mingling amounts to a kind of MONEY-LAUNDERING"? and "The Democrats get most union contributions, and they want large ones."?

WOW! Someone finally gets it and has the courage to SAY IT!

8:52 AM


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