New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in the same breath as praising the “greatest generation” who built factories, farms and taught our nation's children, attacked those workers’ right to join together to improve their workplaces and those they serve during his Republican National Convention (RNC) speech last night.
Christie decided to bash teachers’ unions and public sector workers, instead of offering positive solutions to strengthen the U.S. economy.
They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.
They believe in teachers' unions.
We believe in teachers.
AFT President Randi Weingarten responded on Twitter:
Randi Weingarten: Leadership or cheap shot? Tonite Christie trashed teacher unions yet gave us BIG PROPS as he SIGNED NJ tenure law. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/gov_christie_signs_teacher_ten.html … #RNC
Randi Weingarten: Christie evidently believes teachers shld be seen but not heard- they maybe imp,but not their views abt what they need to help kids. #RNC
Randi Weingarten: Facts of what we do diverge dramatically from the demonizing on the #rnc stage"@MarcusMrowka: read after GOP attacks http://www.aft.org/newspubs/press/nytimes/column081912.cfm …"
Anti-union statements like Christie’s will only work to energize working families and union members to get out and vote this November for candidates who support improving the economy for all, not just the 1%.
Massachusetts candidate for U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Warren, objected to Christie’s characterization of unions:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave a speech tonight at the Republican National Convention about the Greatest Generation.
Let’s talk about what really made the Greatest Generation so great.
Coming out of the Great Depression, America was at a crossroads. The future of our economy—and our democracy—was at stake.
We made a decision together as a country: To invest in ourselves, in our kids, and in our future. For nearly half a century, that’s just what we did.
And it worked. For nearly 50 years, as our country got richer, our families got richer—and as our families got richer, our country got richer.
And then about 30 years ago, our country moved in a different direction. New leadership attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked health care. They attacked unions. And now we find ourselves in a very different world from the one our parents and grandparents built. We are now in a world in which the rich skim more off the top in taxes and special deals, and they leave less and less for our schools, for roads and bridges, for medical and scientific research—less to build a future.