Thuggish teacher’s unions want private citizens to think twice before they dare to speak out against the education cartelÂ at their local school board meeting (or anywhere else).
Leslie VanBlaricom has been fired from her job asÂ branch manager for OnPoint Credit UnionÂ after pressureÂ was brought on her employer from theÂ McMinnville Education Association.Â Â What was her offense?Â
Van Blaricom,Â as member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors,Â was asked to read a letterÂ from the Chamber to area businesses at aÂ McMinnville School Board meeting.Â Â Â Here is the excerpt that the teacher’s union foundÂ so offensive that they demanded the reader’s job:
The district should not spend any additional money towards teacher salary and/or benefits if doing so will require the district to reduce teaching positions and increase classroom sizes to pay for them in order to meet its budget. We should hope the union would see the benefit of smaller class sizes on their members workload and student performance but to date, they have continued to insist on additional wage and benefit increases even though the district indicates that such demands could mean the loss of as many as 40+ teaching positions.
Pretty provocative, right? Well, the MEAn apparently didnâ€™t bother wasting time, according to the above press report. The union and its sycophantic followers contacted Ms. VanBlaricomâ€™s employer, OnPoint Community Credit Union (which has a longstanding relationship with the teachersâ€™ union), where she was a branch manager, and she was fired.
Following Ms. VanBlaricomâ€™s removal from her job, the members of MEAn applauded the brutish behavior on the unionâ€™s facebook page.
Imagine, teachers responsible for teaching kids not to be bullies behaving like schoolyard bullies themselves. In this case, though, it has cost a woman herÂ livelihood.
Bullies or monsters? Apparently, thereâ€™s not much difference in McMinnville.