In a response to Mark Turek of Maine Taxpayers United, I wrote that I encourage dialogue and debate, but that I don’t appreciate the usurpation of this blog for an organization’s political purposes. So, just to be clear: (1) if you represent (or are affiliated with in some sort of official way) an organization, please be honest about that. (2) If I see several replies espousing a particular viewpoint that appears to me to have nothing to do with the original post, they won’t be approved.
Second, my relationship with the Maine Education Association’s management and leadership over the 14 years I was employed there was not amicable. However, I do believe that unions in general can be beneficial to members, non-members and society at large. I’ll have more to say later on about what I think MEA should have done and could still do about education reform in Maine. But – you’ll just have to take my word for it – I have a lot more reason to bash the organization than almost anyone else, but I’m not going to do so because it’s not worth my, or your, time in this forum.