Letter to the Editor

Union politicking is not ‘bullying’

The March 31 editorial “A union’s bullying ways” took issue with the Montgomery County Education Association’s efforts to persuade politicians to align with the union in supporting particular candidates over others for elected office. 

It is unclear to me how the alleged actions of the union constitute “bullying.” What is alleged is that an MCEA staffer contacted public officials and informed them that a decision to endorse a particular candidate for the county Board of Education would be contrary to the interests of the union and would lead the union to withdraw its support in future elections. How is that bullying? Do candidates for public office have some express right to support from the union in perpetuity? 

Under The Post’s logic, I fear that if I were to tell a candidate at a town hall meeting that I would be unwilling to support him in an upcoming election if he endorses a particular candidate or supports a particular piece of legislation,  I would be “bullying” him.  Seems to me there is another name for what I would be doing — participating in our democratic form of government.

Ben Peck, Rockville

 
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