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Colo. state Rep. to teachers opting out of unions: “Go somewhere else”

By | May 18th, 2012

Public school employees in Colorado would have been allowed to opt-out of membership in labor organizations at any time, with 30 days’ notice, under HB12-1333. Currently, the Colorado Education Association allows an unadvertised three-week opt-out window.

Though the bill was eventually killed in a Democratic-controlled state Senate committee, it did pass out of the Republican-controlled House, and the floor debate was especially illuminating. State Rep. John Soper, D-Thornton, on April 25, 2012, explained to teachers that maybe they’d be better off working someplace else…

“I rise and want to discuss a little bit about this bill we’re talking about: Are we going to empower teachers, or are we going to empower labor organizations?  My stand is on this – you know what the rules are going in. If you don’t want to go to work for an organization, you do not have to go to work for an organization. You can go to work for anybody you want to go to. Teachers always got the power. {They don’t say], ‘This is the school you got to teach in.’  You teach where you want to teach.  If you don’t like the rules, go somewhere else. But as long as the rules there, let’s abide by ‘em.”

Rep. Soper may be forgiven for believing that teachers work for the union, not for the schools, but the arrogance of telling teachers to “go somewhere else,” when neighborhood public schools have a virtual (although not total) monopoly on the profession is positively breathtaking.  Moreover, to tell teachers, “you know what the rules are going in,” abdicates the legislature’s most basic responsibility of rule-making, i.e., legislating.

Breathtaking arrogance, perhaps, but also all too typical of the defenders of that most reliable of Democrat constituencies, the CEA.

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