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Friday, Sept. 22, 2006 | The president of MEA announced he would not run in the October election, and said that criticizing the union administration was harming the MEA.

Was he attempting to hide the fact that union officers used union credit cards for personal business, made personal loans from union funds, and practiced nepotism, not causing harm to the union? These actions were approved by the current union administration. Tell me again who is hurting the union?

Will the MEA leadership accept responsibility for spending union dues on their families? Will they accept responsibility for using MEA credit cards for personal activities or for approving personal loans for board members? Will they accept responsibility for attempting to deceive union members about these issues? It should be clear that the MEA earned its sordid reputation. Will current union leaders accept responsibility for that?

The MEA Executive Committee members and their followers know they failed to uphold the moral and ethical standards expected of them. And also know that they in turn will not be held accountable. The Emperor has no clothes!

The MEA leadership is the problem. And, as far as I can tell, there is no solution in sight. No one will hold them accountable. We all know about their failings and we also know they will continue to accept the status quo. We all know they have no intention of allowing a vote. They believe they know what is best and that we should just be quiet and trust them to do the right thing.

No choice, no voice, no vote. How democratic…

Just because the MEA Executive Committee believes something is true, doesn’t mean it is. Speak up for what you know is right.

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