On Sunday I shared the story of Susan Flood, a teacher at Brookwood Schoool in Genoa City who indicated she was glad to see her yearly take-home pay cut by roughly $4,000 to cover increased health insurance and pension contributions. At the time, Flood noted she was glad to see her take-home pay cut by $4,000 if it meant she wouldn’t have to pay roughly $800 per year in union dues, saying, “They say the union is there to stand up for you. Well, no one has ever had to stand up for me. I think I stand up for myself by doing my job.”
However, while Susan Flood says she doesn’t need her union to stand up for her and thusly shouldn’t pay dues, she apparently doesn’t have a problem taking money from her union in the form of a grant to help her buy materials for her classroom. Earlier this year Flood and four other teachers were awarded a total of $933 in grants from the Southern Lakes United Educators-Retired, which is affiliated with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), leaving me to wonder if Flood will return the money and stand up for herself by purchasing her own classroom materials, instead of asking her union to help her defray the cost.
After all, self-reliance is a cornerstone of the conservative philosophy, so if Susan Flood really believes she doesn’t need her union to stand up for her, then she shouldn’t need her union to give her money to pay for classroom materials. Hopefully Susan Flood will show some consistency and give back the money she received from SLUE-Retired, so she can show that she’s committed to standing on her own.