A+PEL Endorses Teachers, Unions Endorse Politicians
Friday, October 9, 2015
Posted by: Keith Courville
After many conversations with so many educators across the state, I wanted to send each and every one of you an important and direct note. The message from educators (both A+PEL members and non-members) is very clear: you want support from an organization that supports TEACHERS, not POLITICIANS.
Recent news of union activities has shown the great need for groups like A+PEL.
First, I’ve read news of AFT’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton. This endorsement comes before the Democratic primary is even finished! There’s also been news regarding the financial dealings between AFT and the Clinton Foundation.
Second, unions continue to take positions and offer financial support for candidates and issues that are outside of the field of Education. I think we can all agree that teacher unions should not be active in controversial, non-education related issues. If you identify as pro-life and feel conflicted by your union membership, you have options!
There is another choice. There is A+PEL.
A+PEL, as a non-profit (501c3) alternative to teacher unions, focuses efforts on supporting Louisiana teachers. As an independent, non-partisan organization, membership dues stay in our state. This means that your dues are used to pay for benefits including scholarships and grants for educators, professional liability insurance for each member, and otherwise go toward furthering the profession of education. We do not donate ANY funds to ANY politician, political party, elected official, or candidate for office.
We will never tell you whom to vote for or what political party to support. We will never endorse a candidate or even suggest how your vote should be cast.
As an alternative to teacher unions we are only $199 per year for teachers and $79 a year for support personnel. Get your benefits from us, and save money.
You can join online. Our officers, local representatives, and attorneys can help you with the paperwork to leave your union as well.
If you’d like to request information for your school, simply respond to this email, and we’ll mail you a packet (you get $25 for each new member you recruit!).
Together, let’s support teachers, not politicians.
Keith Courville, Ed.S.
Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana (A+PEL)
P.S. If you have a question, just send me an email, I always take the time to respond.