As a result of our New Business Item passed at the IEA RA a month ago, the IEA has published a letter from President Ken Swanson that includes information about the anti-union practices of the Koch brothers and Wal-Mart. As directed by the RA, the IEA website also includes a thorough list of consumer products made by Koch brother owned companies.
The link also takes note of the role of the Koch brothers funding of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which has been responsible for intimidation of pro-labor academics at Michigan public universities.
At the 2011 Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly, a new business item was passed that asked IEA to please let its members know about some of the big businesses that are behind the current anti-public education push.
Specifically, the RA directed the IEA to let its members know about the Koch brothers holdings, the Koch brothers have been strong advocates of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he takes on educators and other public employee unions just north of us, and the Walton Family Foundation, the foundation established by the family of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, which has long funded anti-public education programs.
Here is the exact wording of the directive:
“ The IEA RA directs the Communications Department to make known to members all Koch Brother Enterprises, Walton Foundation, as well as other entities that fund anti-teacher and anti-union campaigns, and the board of directors to encourage a boycott of their products.”