Eric Heins, president of the California Teachers Association, speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, May 11, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

It’s always a little ironic to see a union protested by its own employees, as happened in North Carolina back in May.

Now the California Teachers Association is being protested by its employees. Mike Antonucci with the Education Intelligence Agency reports that, “At CTA’s regional leadership conference in San Jose over the weekend, the staff union set up an informational picket line and interrupted the proceedings with a loud, but peaceful, protest in the ballroom.”

CTA staff are unhappy with the underfunding of their pension and are calling for the union to increase funding until the pension is 80 percent funded. That’s the level the federal government says is needed for retirement systems to be healthy.

The pension has $105 million in unfunded liabilities.

The CTA staff currently don’t contribute anything to their retirement benefits or retiree healthcare.

Jason Russell is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.

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