"May you live in interesting times."
-reputed Chinese curse
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that the proverbial "interesting times" are at our doorstep. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that our union has enabled these times every step of the way, most egregiously by endorsing mayoral control, endorsing the worst contract of all time, failing to oppose a third term, and then, ignoring all the above, reaffirming its support for mayoral control when it was on the skids.
How many years of school closings did it take for the Unity leadership to mobilize against them? And when did they finally choose to have a rally? On January 26th, the day the PEP was set to vote. Given that PEP had never voted against a single proposal from administration, wouldn't it have been wiser to get ahead of the curve and try to preclude the vote from happening?
I certainly hope the UFT lawsuit is successful, but Bloomberg has a history of avoiding laws, just as he did in the Randall Island lawsuit. Even if the UFT and NAACP prevail, there's a strong chance the sleazy Tweed lawyers will find a way to weasel out of it--and then it will be back to court again. We should have brought our case to the public long ago, and would have if we had a truly proactive leadership.
ICE/ TJC will not wait until the wolf is at our door to make a stand. ICE/ TJC leaders are well informed and ready to take action. ICE/ TJC will defend ATR teachers, rather than hold wine and cheese parties.
When you get your ballot, place an "X" in the ICE/ TJC box, rip off the top sheet, and mail it in. Stand up for working teachers, counselors, secretaries, and paraprofessionals.
Send the UFT a message--one-party rule is a thing of the past.