Conservative Activists Lead Assault on Tennessee Education Association
Following the national agenda of the Tea Party and Right-Wing Republicans, Tennessee conservatives, led by the Tea Party, are attacking the Tennessee Education Association and the NEA. This assault on the right of teachers unions to collectively organize and bargain for better pay and working conditions is party of a national strategy by the Republican Party and anti-union Libertarian corporate groups to destroy labor unions, especially those representing public employees, by blaming them for the state deficits.
Social conservatives, like the Eagle's Forum and the Family Action Council of Tennessee, are also attacking the TEA and NEA for being too "liberal" on issues like teaching evolution and acceptance of homosexuality.
The real agenda is the effort by the Republican Party to destroy the ability of the Democratic Party to get campaign funds from unions to counter the corporate funders of the conservative movement and the Republican Party.