In the Project Veritas NJ Teachers Union video, NJ Union Chapter Presidents are candid about tenure abuse, profane about Governor Chris Christie, and shocking in how they react to a teacher saying he sexually touched his students. In the last video, “Teachers Unions Gone Wild”, Passaic teacher Alissa Ploshnick was suspended for saying you “basically have to be in the hallway f***ing somebody” in order to lose tenure.
She also relayed an incident about a fellow teacher you used a racial slur against a student, but was not fired. The Star-Ledger printed a correction in their rush to condemn the messenger. NJEA Spokesman Steve Wollmer initially falsely claimed the tapes were doctored and out of context, before more tapes were released. Governor Chris Christie called the video “enlightening and enraging,” adding, “this video is not about the things they say about me. This is video is about the things they say about themselves.” “He’s a bastard,” said Montclair Education Association President Marge Asterino about the NJ Governor. When undercover Reporter Christopher Heneghan asked about teachers abusing children, Bloomfield Education Association Vice-President Ann Post commented they would “absolutely” side with the teachers and added, “With all things the pendulum swings. So right now it’s way over here as far as student rights.”
The conversation with Annette Alston, President of the Newark Teachers Association, shows that she did the right thing in making it clear to our reporter that the union would not protect him in criminal circumstances. “If it’s a criminal situation tenure is not going to mean anything.” But the instinct of her then giving him strategic advice to put out a flame before it ignites into a fire, showcases the union putting fraternity before morality. While the video doesn’t indicate illegal malfeasance, the moral and ethical vacancy of union culture is now on display.