Recording shows Michigan Teachers Union Tactics

The Teachers union in Grand Rapids, Michigan is resorting to some underhanded tactics in order to advance their contract negotiations.

From WOOD TV:

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A recording released by the anti-union Education Action Group depicts a Grand Rapids teachers union interested in convincing school bus drivers to strike, delaying part of the negotiating process and unseating two school board members in order to win its ongoing contract battle.

A voice on the recording, identifiable as union President Paul Helder, states that the bus drivers are “not public employees anymore. They are privatized now. They have the legal right to strike. So that kind of blew up in their faces,” likely referring to the district’s move to outsource bus service to Dean Transportation.

A voice heard earlier on the tape questioned whether teachers could be convinced to strike themselves.

The voice identifiable as Helder’s also expressed concern about the district’s ability to “impose a contract” and notes that the “fact-finding” process would be one way to stall that tactic.

A voice heard earlier on the tape questioned whether teachers could be convinced to strike themselves.

The voice identifiable as Helder’s also expressed concern about the district’s ability to “impose a contract” and notes that the “fact-finding” process would be one way to stall that tactic.

“The longer that process goes on, the longer it takes for them to be able to impose on us. That has to be done,” the voice stated.

Speaking about the school board, he said “what has taken place is last year, we were able to knock two members off the board and this year, we’re planning on taking out another two. That still will not be enough.”

The recording also includes a reference to Superintendent Bernard Taylor as the “stuperintendent.”

Helder was in a meeting Monday morning. 24 Hour News 8 left a message seeking comment.

GRPS has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. to discuss the recordings. 24 Hour News 8 will have more information after the event.

I believe now that the Moonbat Messiah is in power and is beholding to the Unions, especially the Teachers unions, we will continue to see more and more crap like this.

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