Dear Editor: A recent Wisconsin State Journal article about Madison Teachers Inc. executive director John Matthews brings issues to light. After reading it, I wonder if his main objective is to represent teachers or just save his job.

After encouraging Madison teachers in February to stage an illegal sick-out, which robbed children of educational opportunities and caused disruption for many parents, he now says teachers are “ready to do whatever it takes” to continue the protest of state budget reductions. He was also quoted as saying; “It’s going to get down and dirty.”

Wow! This kind of rhetoric coming from a 71-year-old man who receives about $310,000 in annual income and benefits from union fees. Makes you ask the question: What is his priority?

Bob Hartwig

Madison

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