Sunday, December 24, 2017
Back to Black
The the UFT is crying in their fine Pilsner beer at the thought of Carmen retiring. The rest of us are popping champagne corks. Why is there such a disconnect between the UFT and the rank and file? The UFT and Mike, in particular, were reinvigorated at the the prospect of a former educator without Bloomberg as mayor. They were so happy and eager to show that they were not the pugilistic union that the media and public made them out to be, they agreed to everything and anything that was introduced in negotiations (before they even began). Carmen was incredibly pleased, as was the mayor - the rest of us not so much. The 2014 contract was an incredibly bad joke from the raises that weren't to the discriminatory provisions against ATRs. Then we have cellphones, four observations, hundreds of principals (that Carmen said shouldn't be leading schools), fair student funding, no discipline policy and legions of lawyers ready to pick the bones clean of any accused teacher. This is under a chancellor who is seen as sympathetic to the UFT. Do you want another chancellor that's sympathetic to the UFT? I don't. I want Cathie Black back or someone equally as antagonist towards the UFT. (This person wouldn't have the eviseration powers of Klein because he or she would be tempered by DeBlasio.) This chancellor could wake the UFT from its sleep walking route toward a cliff called Janus.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. ( Carmen, good luck in the future, you played the UFT - I don't blame you.)