Michelle Rhee has been using Change.org to collect tens of thousands of emails addresses. She uses cleverly worded, deceptive language for her anti-union petitions that have entrapped the otherwise well-meaning into signing her anti-union, anti-teacher petitions.
Rhee has been traveling the country working with Tea Party governors to weaken public schools. She lobbied on behalf of SB 5 in Ohio, and the anti-collective bargaining bill in Michigan. She played a major part in eliminating collective bargaining from Tennessee's teachers; she advised Rick Scott as he gutted the Florida budget for public education; and she hired a lobbyist in Pennsylvania to work on weakening tenure for teachers. She even appeared on Fox News to support Scott Walker’s union-busting in Wisconsin.
Rhee uses Change.org to post deceptively worded petitions with such titles as: “Join the Fight to Save Great Teachers” and “Pay Effective Teachers What They Deserve.” When you delve into it, she’s working to weaken unions and institute merit pay for teachers. These are insidious, corporate, anti-progressive reforms. Change.org should not be participating in Rhee’s union busting.
Change.org claims that it is an open platform, but even as an open platform, they have a choice to actively promote and organize for an issue or client. If Scott Walker or John Kasich were to post a petition title “Join the Fight to Save Great Public Workers,” we would not let it stand. So we must stand up to them and let them know that this is not acceptable.
Change.org members feel tricked. mislead and deceived by your promotion of her petitions. To promote these petitions raises serious doubts about the credibility of Change.org; in particular on labor issues.
It is just as inexcusable for Change.org to promote a Rhee petition as it would be for you to promote a Scott Walker anti-union petition. They use the same anti-union arguments to achieve the same ends, ending collective bargaining and weakening the middle class.
As a member of Change.org I ask that you rectify the situation. Stop promoting her petitions; no amount of money is worth attacking a basic worker’s right in collective bargaining.