The following telephone message received by a McHenry County teacher and presumably all other Illinois Education Association members:
This is IEA President Ken Swanson with an urgent message about a legislative emergency
You will be receiving in the mail an oversized postcard explaining what’s happening and the fact that the first week of January your rights to tenure, seniority, collective bargaining and the right to strike may all be under attack.
Some of these rights may be seriously diminished or lost without your help.
Read that postcard.
Please respond to this call to action.
We need your help. We need you to fight to preserve your rights.
I wish you and your family a great holiday.
And, please take the time to read that postcard and do everything it asks.
Whether we are successful in protecting your rights the first week of January will depend on your actions.
The IEA web site has an article that complains about the unions being seated at a table that is labeled “Unions,” rather than at a table labeled “Education Reform.”
The article complains that those seated at the “Education Reform” Table have made campaign contributions amounting to $605,000 to obtain their seats.