Would you be shocked to learn a major teachers’ union is more interested in punishing Wal-Mart than helping kids? The Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) in Washington state originally broke this story last week in a revealing opinion piece.
The Washington Education Association (WEA) to their credit has sponsored a Children’s Fund to provide “$50,000 a year for such things as warm coats, new shoes and basic school supplies to thousands of students who otherwise would go without.” But recently, WEA decided to stop reimbursing teachers for some of their expenses because they were buying goods from Wal-Mart.
The EFF editorial highlights the fact that ALL Washington state teachers’ dues fund the program – just like they ALL fund vast amounts of Democrat political activity – and then brings the point home:
When teachers see a need and want to extend their hearts to a child that comes into class shivering, why should they be restricted in meeting the need by the WEA’s self-serving political agenda? If the WEA claims that teachers are underpaid, why is it penalizing a teacher for trying to stretch her meager dollar by buying a coat at Wal-Mart for $13.88 rather than elsewhere for $24.99? Rather than vilifying teachers’ use of money, the WEA should condone their generous spirit. After all, it’s about the children, right?
The story has been followed up at MSNBC.