Critics of teachers should 'walk the walk to talk the talk'
There are 2 comments on the ThisWeek Community Newspapers story from Oct 13, 2010, titled Critics of teachers should 'walk the walk to talk the talk'. In it, ThisWeek Community Newspapers reports that:Hopefully, this letter will appear in ThisWeek Westerville after the tragic situation with Westerville educators has been satisfactorily settled.
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#1 Oct 14, 2010
"How can you compare a teacher's job with any other profession? Did you say "blue collar" because they have to belong to a closed shop union, for which they are assessed dues, taken from each paycheck (no choice)? Many other professions now have unions."
This is a FALSE STATEMENT.
As established by Congress and confirmed by the Supreme Court, no teacher is required to be a member of any union. In 28 states and the District of Columbia, however, teachers can be required to pay the union an âagency feeâ for the non-negotiable privilege of union representation. Teachers must pay this fee even if they believe they would be better served under, for example, an employment contract that rewards good teaching. This fee costs the same as union dues, minus the cost of the unionâs direct political giving (agency fee payers still must shell out for internal union communications, which are often highly political). Agency fee payers thus do not pay for a unionâs political contributions, and they cannot be fined (as union members can) for continuing to teach when a union strikes schools.
In right-to-work states, dissenting teachers do not have to pay anything to unions at all. Regardless of a stateâs right-to-work status, religious objectors to joining a teachers union are allowed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to direct all of the money they would pay in dues to a (non-religious) charity.
This Week, please, in the future verify the accuracy of a letter before you print it.
#2 Oct 15, 2010
I read with amusement on the front page of the Westerville News how our City Council is considering "emergency" legislation outlawing cut-through traffic. Does anyone know how to solve simple problems? How about making Cleveland Avenue North of Main a right turn only lane 3 to 7 pm temorarily while the new bridge is constructed. Please don't tell me it can't be done because Cleveland Avenue is a State Route. We have put men on the moon and brought them back safely! The main street bridge is being constructed with state funds, it is just that they did not think the traffic situation thoroughly enough. Place LARGE ElectricSigns saying right lane tuturn right only ahead 3 to 7 pm! Enforce it for a couple of days. people will adapt and they will no longer unsafely cut thru the community center. Place other signs saying no cut thru at the Shell station and enforce those. Keep it simple and safe. Send notices out with utlity bills telling the why and how to comply.
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