California lawmakers don’t simply like labor unions. They love them.
So much, in fact, that they recently eliminated Labor History Week from the state law books and replaced it with Labor History Month, with the first scheduled for this May.
That means starting tomorrow, Californians (particularly school children) will be getting a steady diet of pro-labor propaganda, displaying the history of the union movement in only the most flattering light.
That’s where EAGnews comes in. We believe it’s necessary to balance that stream of happy history with the rest of the story.
All month long – including the weekends because there are just so many rich examples – we’ll highlight a significant moment in Big Labor history that isn’t likely to be mentioned much during California’s Labor History Month.
We’ll share just a few of the many true tales of embezzlement, intimidation, physical violence and many, many other questionable moments in labor’s checkered past.
There are two sides to every story, and we won’t rest until the ugly side of Big Labor history is given equal billing.
Gov. Jerry Brown comes through for Big Labor
The Sacramento Bee reports, “Gov. Jerry Brown, like the Democratic-controlled California Legislature, wants schoolchildren to learn about labor unions, preferably when they are in school and aren't too busy with other matters.”
You know, like learning to read and multiply and think for themselves about various issues, like the true impact of organized labor on the American economy in recent decades.
A website called “Speaker’s Commission on Labor Education,” sponsored by California Speaker of the Assembly John Perez echoed Brown’s sentiments:
“Labor History Month offers an opportunity to give all students something precious: knowledge of where their rights came from, and how to preserve them today.”
And we always thought our rights derived from the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution. Silly us.
Can California teachers be expected to cooperate with this indoctrination effort? Consider the following from the California Teachers Association’s labor history page: