The Eagle Point Education Association has filed suit against the district’s school board, claiming the board chilled its “free speech” rights because it banned picketing on school property during a May teachers strike.
The school board also angered the union by passed a resolution limiting signs and banners on school property and prohibiting teachers from using school email accounts.
The union believes it can do anything it pleases – including walking out on students – and not face consequences. Yet union officials were angered when the school board decided to draw the line during the teachers strike by not allowing the union to further disrupt the school environment with picketing. That was particularly important because classes were in session using substitute teachers.
The Mail Tribune reported, “[Oregon Education Association consultant Daniel] Burdis said the point of the lawsuit is for the district to realize its limitations on free speech were illegal, and to ensure that similar incidents won't happen in the future.”
So in other words, the union wants to establish a right to create havoc on school property the next time it goes on strike. It doesn’t believe the school board, which manages the property on behalf of taxpayers, should have control over what happens on campus.
The issue boils down to who controls school property: taxpayers or unionized employees.
But check out this video of strikers dancing and heckling substitute teachers: