The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.
Governor Christie Steps Up: Takes on the Teachers Union in New Jersey
Governor Chris Christie has never been known as a timid leader, and in his latest crusade, he is going after the teachers union leadership in New Jersey. Christie now plans to make his fight against corrupt union leadership a top priority.
In a recent interview with ABC news anchor, Diane Sawyer, Christie discussed his objections with the leadership of the unions, See: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Calls His State’s Teachers Union ‘Political Thugs’ (ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, BRADLEY BLACKBURN)
He said the New Jersey Education Association refused to negotiate on a salary freeze last year. “They should have taken the salary freeze. They didn’t and now, you know, we had to lay teachers off.”
“They chose to continue to get their salary increases rather than be part of the shared sacrifice,” he said.
Dismissing objections to his blunt talk, Christie said, “We’re from New Jersey and when you’re from New Jersey, what that means is you give as good as you get.”
Christie is also suggesting a dramatic change in the state’s tenure program, forcing tenured teachers to undergo a yearly review and face removal from tenure if they’re found to be ineffective.
Christie is turning up the heat on the unions, over salary, tenure, and other benefits that the union has failed to enter into good faith negotiations. Unlike the Wisconsin union problem that Governor Scott Walker is currently embroiled in, Christie is demanding that the unions negotiate teacher benefits without changing the collective bargaining agreement. He is asking the union to bargain in good faith and not stonewall the process.
In the Washington Post opinion section, “Christie dismembers the teachers’ union president,” (Right Turn, Jennifer Rubin) observes:
“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is the best Republican politician, maybe the best politician in either party, in championing substantive policy positions with verve, intellectual soberness and humor.”
See: “Christie: I Will Sacrifice My Career To Take On Teachers Unions,” (BreitbartTV)
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Christie is using his position, as chief executive of New Jersey, to force union leadership to negotiate for the betterment of both teachers and students to produce a vibrant educational system with accountability.
Submitted by: Joseph Hall