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Reprint. How funny is this? America’s Largest Union Under Threat of Staff Strike Over ‘Anti-Union’ Tactics. I had to laugh when I read this.
The National Education Association Staff Organization (NEASO) — representing the staff of America’s largest labor union — has evidently hit an impasse in a labor dispute over what employees at the National Education Association called out as a “slew of anti-union delay tactics.”
The result of the impasse: a secret vote of members that yielded 98 percent support for authorizing a strike. Essentially, the union for employees of the nation’s largest union is ready to strike against said union for allegedly being anti-union.
Inbox: Staff at the nation's largest teachers' union have authorized a strike against the nation's largest teachers' union.
NEASO President Robin McLean: "We refuse to back down from management’s anti-union tactics" that run counter to NEA's values. pic.twitter.com/s6UG7FgquV
— Andrew Ujifusa (@AndrewUjifusa) June 16, 2021
NEA staffers are not keeping quiet about how they’re being treated, either.
“After persevering to support our nation’s educators and their #UNION through the #COVID19 pandemic, NEA’s bargaining approaches and offers are a slap in the face,” tweeted one employee.
Even as its own staff threatens a strike, NEA told the Washington Post “it is fully committed to and respects the collective bargaining process and unequivocally supports our staff’s right to use that process to advocate for themselves.”
The staff organization stated that “striking is a last resort, but it is something we are ready to do” in response to what its members characterize as “asking staff to accept stagnant pay now and well into the future at a time when inflation and the cost of living are skyrocketing” while “also trying to hike healthcare costs and slash retirement benefits that were promised to employees who dedicated their careers to the union’s mission.”
Today in unions fighting their own staff unions: the National Education Association Staff Organization is accusing NEA (nation’s largest teachers union) of ‘anti-union negotiating tactics’ in contract talks. Release from the staff union: pic.twitter.com/8x81YlAHxj
— Dave Jamieson (@jamieson) June 15, 2021