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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

Union Endorsement = Conflict of Interest

A union endorsement of school board candidates amounts to a "paid to play" situation.

The union "pays" school board candidates via financial contributions and then the union turns around and "plays" by negotiating teacher contracts (salaries + benefits) with the same board members that the union just helped to elect.

The union is overt in their "pay to play messaging". See this graphic where PSEA openly states that "one of the most important ways you can support your efforts at the bargaining table is by working to elect school board members.

  • This is a huge conflict of interest and should raise red flags for taxpayers.

  • This is an ethical violation.

  • Any school board member who has received financial donations from the union should recuse themselves when it comes time to contract negotiations with the union.

Vote for Back to Basics, the non-union endorsed candidates. Our candidates will never accept a union endorsement, nor will we accept union donations.

When elected, Back to Basics candidates will negotiate for higher teacher salaries because we know that teachers work hard, and because we see the inequity of administrators getting paid at much higher rates than teachers, not because the union is paying us to negotiate on their terms.

You can get a list of endorsed candidates here. Note that you will need to provide your name, address, email, and phone number. The union doesn't give anything away for free.

PS: Did you know that the NEA lost 9,800 members during fiscal year 2022-23?! Teachers: if you're curious about leaving the union, you can find out more here, and you can find out how to resign from the union here.


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