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Letter: Pressure point

February 6, 2013

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To the editor:

The Republicans in the Kansas Legislature contradict themselves. They state, without proof, that teachers were being pressured to donate funds for political advocacy. Yet they feel no compunction in pressuring their own caucus to vote in certain ways.

According to Friday’s Journal-World article, “House deals blow to organized labor,” GOP leaders urged first-term legislators to stick with them. “We are going to try to cover your back,” stated House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast. She continued, “It is just the beginning of a lot of tough votes.”

Who is pressuring whom?

Comments

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Why are republicans obsessed with busting unions? This isn't about how union dues are paid. This group of people are lying to Kansas and the USA. They want to cut wages and throw tax dollars at corporate private schools. This is how public schools and Unions became the targets of that word evil.

ALEC and corporate USA are convinced that the working class make too much money. Of course these crooks are not going to come out and say that. Hell no that would get them nowhere. Painting Unions as evil suddenly would be the approach to cutting wages. Why does anyone want to work for less money? White collar executives don't and they can afford a wage cut.

For 33 years these radicals have been painting Unions as evil no matter that Unions came to the rescue of the USA working class. People who are not union do little research therefore they decide that misinformed politicians are telling the truth..... talk about earth shattering.

The objective is to cut wages and lay off thousands of teachers. Then bring on vouchers to support the corporate private school industry. Koch money and Wal-Mart money are ready and waiting for they see a ton of easy profit coming to them by way of your tax dollars.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Sam and ALEC are all about monster impact government not less government. Their BS rhetoric has been winning people over for years.

This radical right wing party has never been about less government,has never produced a smaller government nor a government that spend less money.

ALEC is BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG government.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

They state, without proof, that teachers were being pressured to donate funds for political advocacy. ++++++++++++++++ You are doing the same thing from the other side...

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 8 months ago

It's a fact that no evidence was provided in legislative hearings that teachers are being pressured to contribute to KNEA in any way.

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lucky_guy 1 year, 8 months ago

It is blind faith working again. I hate agree with Merrill but this is ALEC's agenda taken straight off their playbook. Never mind, that it doesn't really apply to Kansas. Alec is headquartered in the East where the teachers may be pressured but not here. Our legislature is so inthralled with ALEC that they use the same talking points that some nutjob in New York would use. If it wasn't so dangerous you could call it plagerism and let it go at that.

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Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Another attempt to silence teachers. House Bill 2085 would dramatically limit bargaining, strip teachers of a voice in evaluation procedures, and prohibit exclusivity- in other words teachers would not be permitted to choose a bargaining agent. Petition Background

The anti-teacher forces in the Kansas House of Representatives released a bill that effectively dismantles collective bargaining for teachers.

Support The Teachers Petition http://signon.org/sign/an-attempt-to-eliminate/?source=search

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