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Remarkable, unbefitting vitriol from the NC Senate leader

Phil BergerThe over-the-top invective and mean-spirited attacks from the leader of the North Carolina’s state Senate, Sen. Phil Berger, continue to spew forth with disturbing regularity. Today, using language and uttering accusations that one would have thought unworthy of one of the state’s top elected officials, Berger described modest efforts by the North Carolina Association of Educators and other supporters of public schools to call attention to the state’s ongoing underfunding of its public schools and attacks on teachers as: “bully tactics of an organized union that puts kids’ safety at risk to gin up its membership and inflate the salaries of its executives.”

Good lord — somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!

The NCAE has, if anything, bent over backwards in recent years to try to work with GOP leaders in the General Assembly. Despite incessant, targeted attacks (lawmakers even convened a rump, after-midnight session to injure the NCAE!), the organization continued to do its best to to find common ground during the 2013 legislative session and frequently issued public praise for GOP lawmakers who would meet them halfway (or even a quarter-way).

Now, with their membership boiling over with frustrated and angry educators, the group helps keep the lid on what would have been, in effect, a wildcat walkout and works to promote a positive, forward-looking community dialogue event and this is the thanks it gets.  

Bottom line: Berger’s attacks are both blatantly wrong in substance and utterly inappropriate in tone and spirit for any elected leader — especially one as prominent and powerful as the leader of the North Carolina Senate. If there’s any bullying occurring in the current education discussion in North Carolina, it’s Senator Berger who is the chief offender. 

 

9 Comments


  1. Alan

    November 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    One more wacko that badly needs to be voted out of office…

  2. rx7ward

    November 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Is NCAE even a union?

  3. Alan

    November 4, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    No, it is not a union. Berger has to be put in the same category as McCrory, aka The Grand Wizard.

  4. Alan

    November 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    It would, however, be interesting to see a formal response from the NCAE to Bergers outlandish comments?

  5. Rob Schofield

    November 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Ironically (in more ways than one) Berger was named “Legislator of the Year” for 2012 by the Service Employees International Union Local 2008 (i.e. the State Employees Association of NC).

  6. Skeptic

    November 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Alan- They shouldn’t dignify him with a response. The Grand Imperial Wizard deserves no respect.

    Rob- Like it or not, SEANC is not an especially progressive outfit. They gave money to Berger and refused to endorse Dalton in 2012. You don’t have to hate public employees to acknowlwedge when a group puts self-interest before the public interest. Just my humble opinion, not meant to be provocative.

  7. Rob Schofield

    November 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks, Skeptic. Obviously, I’m well-aware of SEANC’s problems — just think it’s relevant when someone goes on an anti-“union” tirade after having accepted an award from a self-described union.

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    November 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Alan/ML,
    One more whacko? All he is doing is telling the truth about the attempts by a corrupt union to evicerate the Republican party. You know, the Blueprint, NC Justice Center model.

  9. RJ

    November 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Since a union without collective bargaining rights is little more than a lobby, the SEANC ain’t a union, corrupt or otherwise. Chapter 95-98 prohibits collective bargaining with state and local government employees, and the federal courts have decided that’s constitutional. Atkins v. City of Charlotte, 296 F.Supp. 1068 (W.D.N.C. 1969).

    Anyone who calls it a union is misinformed, to put it kindly.

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