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ELECTION: Teachers union trying to instill fear

Letter by Carol L. Gollihur, Tacoma on Sep. 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm | No Comments »
September 28, 2012 2:02 pm

In a recent email to teachers, the Issaquah Education Association – a sub-set of the state teachers union – unloaded a heap of false claims to instill fear into its “customers.”

In the email, IEA President Phylis Runyan describes a scorched-earth scenario in which Washington will become “the next Wisconsin” if Rob McKenna becomes our governor.

Runyan fabricates 32 outcomes, such as “(having) No rights against discrimination,” “No standards for student behavior,” “no medical, family or dental care” and “no input on salary or working conditions.” Her list of false doomsday scenarios goes on and on.

Everything she says is intended to fabricate fear – the only tactic the union knows how to use to keep winning elections.

McKenna is the strongest education candidate our state has seen in years. He has said publicly many times he is not in favor of destroying collective bargaining rights. He is the only candidate to lay out a thorough plan for fully funding K-12.

It’s widely known that the state teachers union has spent a lot of money trying to elect Jay Inslee and preserve its power grip in Olympia. Taking teacher’s hard-earned money and then using it to run a campaign of lies is disgraceful.

Vote for Rob McKenna.

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