The opposition party in the union will oppose any settlement... reminiscent of the Tea Party ---The union must satisfy the membership and the mayor the public at large – especially the print media and the pro-(de)reform factions, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and StudentsFirstNY, the Rhee klaven.... Peter Goodman
We DO NOT need to pander to Rhee, Students First or DFER. Our union's responsibility is to it's members --- MORE Classroom teacher, Pat Dobosz, MORE candidate for UFT Exec Bd, elementary division.
Here’s another Yogi Berra…it’s deja vu all over again. I love Unity apologists who work their spin to such a fever pitch the membership must be grateful for losing basic rights of tenure. --- Jeff Kaufman, MORE candidate for UFT Executive Bd, At-largeWorse than Bloomberg comparing the UFT to the NRA, was this statement by Peter Goodman, long-time mouthpiece for the Unity Caucus, a guy who will find a way to justify anything the leadership decides on.
Here is the complete paragraph from his Unity shill blog masquerading as a neutral commentator.
The opposition party in the union will oppose any settlement; they want to use the teacher evaluation issue as the key plank in the upcoming union elections. They argue, “Don’t settle, allow the State to cut $250 million, stand up, reverse the law, and consider a strike.” Of course cutting $250 million could lead to layoffs for union members, the extremely popular governor could sponsor, and undoubtedly pass anti-union bills, i.e., eliminating seniority requirements, and perhaps going after existing pension tiers, no matter, appeal to the frustrated and angry in the upcoming election – reminiscent of the Tea Party who would rather see the nation default on its debts and tumble into a depression than to act in a bipartisan fashion.James Eterno smacked Goodman in a comment:
So it’s the worst thing in the world for Mayor Bloomberg to say the UFT is like the NRA but it’s just fine to compare those who oppose Mulgrew’s appeasement policies (the Movement of Rank and File Educators MORE) to the tea party when nothing could be further from the truth.As did Jeff Kaufman:
And now we are Teabaggers because the whole system will cave if we stand up for our rights. Shame on you.Oh, don't worry Jeff, he has no shame.
And this point in the Goodman piece indicates one of the roots at what is wrong with Goodman and the UFT/Unity leadership:
The union must satisfy the membership and the mayor the public at large – especially the print media and the pro-(de)reform factions, Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) and StudentsFirstNY, the Rhee klaven.
Note, "especially" satisfy Rhee etc with the membership being an also ran, which in Goodman's list is an also ran.
Pat Dobosz, a MORE member responded:
We DO NOT need to pander to Rhee, Students First or DFER. Our union's responsibility is to it's members, especially the teachers right now who are going to be creamed by this evaluation system as the DOE wants principals to use it; to our students who will suffer under the testing regime that is coming into play with Common Core and Danielson. That $250 million isn't going to see the inside of a classroom, let alone the inside of a school building. And now Goodman is turning on fellow teachers comparing us to the Tea Party. What the h----------- does he care! He's retired, not affected by any of this and has been allowed to be a mouthpiece for the union all year. I would like to hear what our "elected leaders" (Mulgrew, Mendel, Robert Astrowsky, Karen Alford, Melvyn Aaronson etc.) have to say. Why are they allowing this hack to speak for them? Pretty cowardly tactic if you ask me.Then there is this idea from Goodman:
But who am I? Just a teacher.
Both sides, the union and the mayor, and his proxies, have to satisfy the requirements of the law.A law the union helped craft and support -- the UFT is like the guy who kills his parents and pleads for mercy on the grounds he is an orphan.
Hey Peter, how has your support for the 2005 contract worked out? And your support for closing schools, including your role in the closing of my alma mater, Thomas Jefferson HS in East NY. How has the replacement by 4 failing schools, some chaotic, worked out?
Note that Goodman singularizes "the opposition" and is talking about MORE, and not talking about New Action, the Unity house opposition which will take a "sort of" position on the evaluation deal but not strong enough to get Unity angry at it enough to throw them off the Executive Board. New Action will present itself in the election as the "responsible" opposition that will act in a bipartisan fashion. How as the decade old deal with Unity worked out for New Action in terms of gaining support? Their percentage of the vote has dropped from the mid twenties and the ability to win the high school exec bd seats on their own to 10% at most and a reliance on Unity support to win any exec bd seats.
James Eterno, MORE candidate for UFT Exec Bd, High School Division, left a comment:
Here is another response in a comment left by MORE member Sean Ahern, candidate for Exec Bd on Goodman's blog.
I see no simple or painless way out of the endless concessionary bargaining strategy that has been followed by the Unity caucus leadership for the past 40 years but this is the issue at hand and ridiculing the messengers of this fundamental fact is a disservice to teacher unionism and the communities we serve.Look for Unity and New Action election literature following Goodman's line of attack.
The UFT under the leadership of the Unity Caucus has amassed considerable assets and supports a large staff under the prohibitions of the Taylor Law but the current membership, the majority of whom will never make it to top pay or retirement, have lost considerable ground and stand to loose more. Compare the median teacher salary adjusted for inflation between 1974 and 2013. Compare the number of years on the job of the average teacher now with that of 40 years ago. There are facts that will not disappear however inconvenient they may be to supporters of concessionary bargaining. The conversation within the UFT should be about raising awareness of the challenges we face and unifying the membership around credible lines of defense of both learning and working conditions. Instead we are facing the prospect of a bum rush, a stampede engineered by our own leadership. This is the space in which the opposition dares to pose an alternative.
Bloomberg was granted dictatorial control over the school system (with Randi Weingarten’s approval) and he ran it for years when the city’s revenue stream was robust before the crash. What are the facts?
School closings and charter co locations over the expressed will of the PA, SLT, CEC, UFT C/L, City Council members in the affected districts which are disproportionately Black, Latino and working class. The UFT can put its considerable resources to work in building a city wide, if not nationwide resistance to the corporate education reformers but instead our leaders once again appear ready to cave in.