In the first communications to IEA members after the election, IEA President Cinda Klickna began her evaluation of our electoral efforts with an attack on the “naysayers (who) called our involvement in the primary’s ‘a fool errand’ and suggested it was a waste of time.” She referred to “those folks who root for our union to fail.”
Who was she referring to?
Certainly if she meant our political opponents such as Bruce Rauner, she would have mentioned them by name.
No. What she did was join in with past IEA Presidents Bob Haisman and Ken Swanson in attacking me and other IEA activists who did not ago along with spending $3.1 million dollars in supporting the candidate from the American Legislative Exchange Council or in calling him a friend of teachers.
Can it be true that we wanted the union to fail? Fail at what? The protection of our collective bargaining rights? The defense of our pensions?
No. We simply acted on our rights as members to disagree with leaders.
How ironic that I read Klckna’s attack on may way home on the CTA after traveling three hours back and forth to a Region 41 Council meeting to talk about recruiting this year’s retirees to our IEA Retired chapters.
Or that the the day before I spent all day as a poll watcher for IEA endorsed candidate for State Representative Will Guzzardi. I had spent the previous seven months writing, raising money, making phone calls and canvassing to elect a progressive pro-pension, pro-public schools, pro-union, pro-fair tax candidate- defeating an incumbent who had the full backing of Michael Madigan. And facing down his thugs.
I want the IEA to fail?
I want the IEA to win.
For a change.
And just because I dissent from the policies of three former and current IEA Presidents doesn’t mean I want my union to fail.
The failures of a two-tier pension system, PERA and SB7 are theirs.
They own them.