South County residents are well aware of the perpetual meddling of public sector unions in local election campaigns. Last April, IAFF Local 1889 dropped close to $100,000 to defeat Aaron Hilmer in the Mehlville FPD while the Mehlville teacher's union mobilized to defeat reform candidates Rich Franz and Mark Stoner. These unions were narrowly defeated in spite of their exorbitant spending.
However a far more subtle union political scam has been uncovered by the MCTA concerning St. Louis Community College EMS program assistant, Stephanie Buck.
We have learned that Ms. Buck who serves as a EMT-P for the Robertson FPD and is a militant activist for IAFF Local 2665. Ms. Buck has involved her students in Democratic political campaigns for extra "community service" course credits.
According to students in Buck's SLCC classes, Stephanie Buck informed paramedic students that she'd been contacted by Jennifer Stuhlman, the political commissar of Local 2665. Stuhlman apparently told Buck that the union needed help with a Democrat political campaign. At that time Buck told her students that if they would "volunteer" to help with the campaign they would get credit for community service.
Students who "volunteered" were sent to Clayton where they were directed to put up yard signs for Democratic St. Louis County Assessor candidate, Jake Zimmerman. These students then were awarded course credits for "community service".
Since when is it permissible for teachers to use students of a taxpayer supported institution (St. Louis Community College) to erect yard signs for the Democrat party to get better grades? Paramedics ARE NOT political science majors and should be doing their community service in the public health category where urgent help is needed all over St. Louis County.
The Board of St. Louis Community College should immediately commission a thorough investigation of Stephanie Buck's union/political advocacy. The Mehlville Community Taxpayers Association calls upon the board of the St. Louis Community College District to send a clear message to the community that this partisan use of the taxpayers dollars will not be tolerated and Ms. Buck will be immediately dismissed from her position with the district.