Take your polls. The Constitutional issues are complex. But ask the members.
Some in the IEA leadership want to blame me because people are starting to ask questions.
The leadership of the the IEA has pissed off large sections of the membership with the We Are One/Cullerton deal.
Check the IEA website comments.
And those are just the folks who bother to read the IEA website.
Lobby Day was down in attendance by two-thirds from the last one two years ago.
I’m getting dozens and dozens of comments a day and three to four thousand site visits a day.
A big divide between the leadership and the rank and file is not good for the union.
The leadership created that divide by agreeing to this deal.
Just like in the debate with the Republicans over the national budget, your polls may show that members are willing to find ways to compromise. They said that they were willing to give up some of their benefits.
But that is all an abstraction until they discover that what we have to give up is $6000 that they may now have to pay in addition to the $6000 a year they already pay for health care.
Or that their COLA freeze can amount to $100,000 over the time of our retirement.
Now that they know, ask them again.
Ask them if they want to give up tens of thousands of dollars over the next twenty years in compounded COLA in exchange for health care insurance that they can’t afford.
The constitutional issues are complex and hard for any of us to follow. Members may not get passionate about constitutional protections.
But ask those who may personally and immediately get screwed by the deal the We Are One coalition made with Cullerton.
Go ask them.