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Indoctrination Watch: How your tax dollars are training students to be union organizers

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 29, 2009 01:01 PM

How are President Obama’s national service grants being used?

To train the next generation of union organizers, of course.

From the “Learn and Serve Clearinghouse” of lesson plans and curricular materials funded with taxpayer-subsidized service grants, here’s a course study in collective bargaining taught at the L.A. Unified School District (hat tip: @natlanthem):

A Collective Bargaining Simulation

Brief Description:
In a classroom simulation of collective bargaining, students learn about unions, employers, the labor movement, and workplace issues. Students will interact in small labor and management teams to bargain a union contract at a fictional workplace on issues that include wages, medical insurance, childcare, affirmative action, etc. Students are coached by labor relations professionals who volunteer from the fields of labor and management. Following the simulation, students analyze the outcomes of their collective bargaining experiences and determine issues they want to learn more about and take action on. Some examples include: creating a public awareness campaign on the cost of healthcare insurance and legislative action for a single-payer system, identifying union vs. non-union employers in our local economy, creating an oral history project about the causes and impact of a strike in their community, creating a peer education program about workers rights.

Grade Level:
9-12

Subject Area / Discipline:
Social Studies/History

Area of Service:
Civic Education/Civic Responsibility, Oral Histories, Public Safety & Disaster Preparedness/Relief

Contact:
Los Angeles Unified School District
A Collective Bargaining Simulation
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
Phone: 213-241-1000
E-mail: superintendent@lausd.net
Fax: 213-241-8442
Website: http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us

And here’s another one in which students participate in a union representation election, also funded with a grant to the LAUSD:

Union Representation Election

Brief Description:
In a classroom simulation of an actual union organizing campaign, students learn about unions, employers and management, and the labor movement. Students will interact in small groups representing management, union organizers, workers, and the NLRB at a fictional workplace. This case study features a town hall meeting to debate and discuss the issues followed by a union representation election. After the simulation, students analyze the outcome of their experience (who won the union election and why) and determine issues they want to learn more about and take action on. Some examples: identify union vs. non-union employers in our local economy, create a peer education program about workers’ rights today.

Grade Level:
9-12

Subject Area / Discipline:
Social Studies/History

Area of Service:
Civic Education/Civic Responsibility

Contact:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Union Representation Election
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
Phone: 213-241-1000
E-mail: superintendent@lausd.net
Fax: 213-241-8442

And another from the LAUSD role-playing a strike:

Homestead Strike Role Play

Brief Description:
In a classroom simulation of the 1892 Homestead Strike, students learn about industrialization and the conflicts and common interests between native-born unionized craft workers and immigrant nonunion laborers. Students caucus in five worker groups and present various viewpoints on craft unionism, the strike, Carnegie’s plans to reorganize his steel mill, and the future of their jobs. The simulation culminates in a mass meeting of all the workers in which students debate and vote on whether to join the strike and the union. Following the simulation, students analyze the outcome of their experience (who won the strike vote and why) and determine issues they want to learn more about and take action on to meet their needs. Some examples: identify union vs. non-union employers in our local economy, interview union members about the causes and impact of the strike in their community, research and disseminate information about workers’ rights today.

Grade Level:
9-12

Area of Service:
Civic Education/Civic Responsibility

Contact:
Los Angeles Unified School District
Homestead Strike Role Play
333 S. Beaudry Ave., 24th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA
Phone: 213-241-1000
E-mail: superintendent@lausd.net
Fax: 213-241-8442
Website: http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us

Where are the lessons on SEIU corruption, Big Labor-Far Left shakedowns, home invasions, thuggery, and hypocrisy?

I hereby volunteer to donate free copies of Culture of Corruption to any L.A. public high school teacher seeking balance in the classroom. Contact me via email.

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On a related note, Brian Faughnan reports on another example of federal meddling in curricular matters.

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