Commentary and Criticism about the National Education Association (NEA)
"I never get tired of promoting this wonderful opportunity for students (and educators) ..."
Lily Eskelsen Garcia from Lily's Blackboard, November 15, 2017
Talking Turkey - and Other Subjects - On Thanksgiving Day
The "wonderful opportunity" that Eskelsen is referring to is the annual Great Thanksgiving Listen, a project started by a non-profit organization called StoryCorps.
Actually it is a great idea. StoryCorps describes it as:
"... a national movement that empowers young people - and people of all ages - to create an oral history of the contemporary United States ..."
THE PROBLEM FOR ESKELSEN
Unfortunately, last year, StoryCorps tried to stop its employees from forming a union by joining the Communications Workers of America.
You can read all about it at Splinternews.com: StoryCorps, Of All Places, Is Running an Anti-Union Campaign, Hamilton Nolan, 6/27/17.
When the company found out about the desire of its employees to unionize, the employees ...
"were subjected to multiple 'captive audience meetings' at which their employers lectured them on why a union was a bad idea—meetings that grew so heated that one of the bosses even started yelling at one point."
By the way, they still don't have a union at StoryCorps ...
The details are in Nolan's article so if you want to read more I would suggest you go there directly.
WHAT TO DO?
Fellow NEA members, should we start an email, Facebook or Twitter campaign to protest our president betraying us in this fashion?
Or should we just let it go because, after all, Eskelsen is doing so much other good stuff?
After all, isn't she working hard to protect us against nasty people like Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos?
Isn't she supporting the DACA Dreamers?
She has the good of all teachers at heart for sure, right?