I'm a third generation union member. My father was in the AFT in New York City. My grandfather was in the electrician's union in NYC. I've been in two teachers' unions for over twenty years; the past seventeen years in AFT-New Hampshire, Local 2433. From 2007-2012 I was President of the Rindge Faculty Federation. Before serving as President, I spent four years as Vice President and two years as Secretary. I take union-membership very seriously.
Today, I submitted the paperwork to remove myself from the union. Starting tomorrow I will become a "charitable contributor," putting money in the scholarship fund for our small university's students, instead of giving it to AFT-NH.
When national AFT endorsed Clinton in July, I protested to our state leaders and urged local members to sign the petition asking AFT to reconsider the crass, cynical move pulled by millionaire AFT President Randi Weingarten on behalf of her pal Hillary.
Perhaps, at that early point, it didn't seem like Sanders had a chance; but it was still cynical and premature. A couple of days ago, AFT-NH's Executive Board endorsed Clinton, even with Sanders leading her in the polls.
That was just too much.
When MY union endorses a war criminal, a person who has consistently worked to hurt the middle and lower classes and to hurt education, a person who is as dishonest as the day is long in mid-July; then that's not a union for me.
I'm in uncharted waters, feeling terribly sad about what's happened and about being a non-union employee for the first time in my working life. Screw you AFT and AFT-NH for your inhumane and short-sighted triangulating.