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Union teacher threatened by union

Posted: December 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm   /   by

The story is a few days old now, but it is worth it, in light of our recent focus on unions. In previous posts over the last few days, we’ve discussed the degree to which unions are focused on their own benefits, without regard to merit, economic circumstances, efficiency, the health of their industry or the rights of the taxpayers.

But we also cannot forget what happens to workers, and even their own members, when they cross the union.

KENOSHA – Apparently there’s no room for free thought or disagreement within the Wisconsin Education Association Council.

We suppose that’s not terribly surprising for a group that has to force its members to join.

Still, it’s troubling to hear that Kristi LaCroix, the courageous public school teacher who had the guts to film a television ad supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s reforms, is being harassed by union zealots to the point where she wants to change careers.
LaCroix, who teaches at Lakeview Technology Academy in the Kenosha school district, recently posted the following on her Facebook page, according a news story from WISN 1130:

“Going through and deleting my daily amount of hate mail that is sent to my work email. I have now been assured, by one of the emails (all of which I forward to my Principal) that there is an online movement called ‘Fire Kristi‘ where they are going to email, post and talk to everyone (telling) millions of stories to ruin my reputation, career and life.

The onslaught appears to be having its desired effect:

“Kind of hard to keep my head up with stuff like this. I have said for a couple of years that I really need to leave teaching. I think that it is time for me to move on.”

I recently saw a video of a union protester placing his own daughter in front of a vehicle driven by replacement workers, daring them to run her over and suggesting that they (the “scabs”) should look at who they’re hurting. I wondered if the replacement workers had daughters of their own, or sons.

Unions aren’t for workers, they’re for union workers. And if a union worker strays from the leadership’s line, the union ceases being for them, too, and becomes their worst nightmare.

A reminder . . .

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Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including AnyStreet.org (now a part of Western Free Press) and Liberatchik.com. He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to WesternFreePress.com.
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Union teacher threatened by union