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OEA 2015 Collective Bargaining

Conference

Anti-Union and AntiPublic Education Forces

The National Picture
 We

are fighting on many fronts:

 Attacks on Unions
 Attacks on Public Employees
 Attacks on Public Education and

Teachers
 Attacks on ESPs

Attacks on Unions

Attacks on Unions
 Right

To Work
 Paycheck Protection
 Loss of Collective Bargaining Rights

Attacks on Public
Employees

Attacks on Public
Employees
 Pension

“Reform” Efforts
 Loss of Local and State Government
Funding
 Terms like “Austerity” and “Shared
Sacrifice”

Attacks on Public
Education

Attacks on Public
Education
 Charters
 Vouchers
 Privatization
 “Accountability”

Testing/Evals)

(Standardized

Attacks on ESPs

Attacks on ESPs
 Outsourcing
 Layoffs
 Increased

Jobs

Workloads

The Answer to the “Problem”
is:
 Bust

Unions
 De-professionalize Education Careers
 Standardize Learning
 Privatize Schools
 Eliminate Public Influence on
Decisions
So… Who Benefits?

Who Benefits?

Who Benefits?
 Someone

has to run all those charter

schools.
 Someone

has to write/grade all those

tests.
 Someone

services.

has to provide outsourced

They Don’t Even Try to
Hide It!

How They Make it
Happen
A

State Example: New Mexico

How They Make it
Happen
 This

is Susana Martinez, NM
Governor since 2010.

 Since

her election, New
Mexico has implemented new
laws which: Create an A-F
School Grading system,
approve and fund a huge
Pearson-connected virtual
charter, increase standardized
testing dramatically, and
overhaul teacher evaluations.

How They Make it
Happen
 Gov.

Martinez in secretly-recorded
meetings:
“During the campaign, we can’t say it, I
guess, because it’s education, but I really
keep going back to that . . . keeping the
teachers from feeling the pain when they
already don’t work, you know, two and a
half months out of the year or three
months out of the year but earn salaries
at the same rate of people who do work

How They Make it
Happen

This is Hanna Skandera,
Martinez’ choice for SecretaryDesignate of Education

Hanna was a fellow at the
Hoover Institution at Stanford.
The conservative organization
advocates for “individual,
economic, and political freedom”
as well an emphasis on “private
enterprise”

She also is a member of the Jeb
Bush-founded Foundation for
Excellence in Education (FEE),
which advocates for private

How They Make it
Happen
A

look at just one company’s reach
in NM:

How They Make it
Happen
 If

we
zoom
out, we
find a
tangled
web of
influenc
e and
money.

How They Make it
Happen
 Ohio

Is No Different!

Who Stands in Their
Way?
 We

do!

Who Stands in Their
Way?
 Where

we spend our
money matters:

“The Waltons have long supported efforts to privatize education
through the Walton Family Foundation as well as individual
political donations to local candidates. Since 2005, the Waltons
have given more than $1 billion to organizations and
candidates who support privatization. They've channeled
the funds to the pro-charter and pro-voucher Milton Friedman
Foundation for Education Choice, Michelle Rhee's proprivatization and high-stakes testing organization Students First,
and the pro-voucher Alliance for School Choice, where Walton
family member Carrie Walton Penner sits on the board.” – Peter
Dreier, Professor of Politics at Occidental College

Who Stands in Their
Way?
 We

will never have the money of the
Koch brothers or the Waltons, but we
have family, friends and neighbors
who want their child to have a
quality education.

 They

are attacking globally. We have
to fight back locally!