A contact posted this on the MORE discussion list.
I ended up marching across the bridge with the UFT contingent during Sunday's ATU rally and march. I started talking with a UFTer I didn't know (better than some of the hacks). We sort of shared stories--pressures at the schools, etc. I wasn't paying the greatest of attention until he told me that their administration forced them to grade the acuity exams during lunch and prep periods. I asked about any fightback in the school. He told me everyone was too scared. I asked about union leadership. I asked what brought him out to this rally. His DR made it clear that it would be really good/make her happy if he would show up.Ed Note: we think organizing people to show to this rally is the right thing to do but too bad the teacher is under assault in his own school and can't seem to get the District Rep to notice while the DR is only interested in getting the teacher to what the union leadership wants.
Is it obvious what's wrong with this picture? Too afraid to fight, ties to the DR who ignores the fear and loathing at the school while forcing this person to show. I was just so stunned I almost didn't know what to say.