Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UFT Rank and Filer Lays Out Problem With Deform Union Leadership

It appears that the teachers of Detroit want the rock thrower. Good for them! If only NY teachers would take a stand next election cycle and oust Mulgrew and Unity. Take your ball and go home, Johnson ---it’s clear you’re just a sore loser..... Roseanne McCosh
The always reliable Roseanne McCosh lays things on the line in a comment on Steve Conn's winning the presidency in Detroit as we chronicled last night: Randi's Nightmare Continues: Steve Conn Sworn in as Detroit Teacher Union President

Conn's victory was a blow to retiring DFT President and Randi accolyte Keith Johnson, whose hand-picked successor lost to Conn. Johnson went after Conn: "His mantra has never been to work with the other side, the adversary. His mantra has always been to stand out at the periphery and throw rocks at it and talk about how horrible it is."

Yes, Keith, let's all shut up and sit there while the buildings fall on our heads. You hear this same crap from Unity people who say to MORE "don't be critical, be supportive."

First establish a democratic union - for instance - a union where a group like MORE which outpolls New Action significantly, gets no seats on the Ex Bd while New Action gets 10 seats. Then we can talk.

We see Unity driving the car off the cliff and we should fasten out seat belts. [ are there any cartoonists out there who can draw such a cartoon - though I think I had someone draw one for me for ed notes 15 years ago.]

Roseanne lays it out very succinctly.
  • When the self-interests of those in union leadership overshadow the interests of the working teachers….
  • When the membership is locked out of the decision making…..
  • When the membership is not allowed a dissenting voice within their own union….. 
  • When union leaders are no longer accountable to their members….
What choice is there except to give up or pick up those rocks? 
All it took was a rock and steady aim for David to take down Goliath. 
Teachers have been under attack and it speaks volumes that Detroit's former leader takes issue with a union leader who wants to fight back. It appears that the teachers of Detroit want the rock thrower. 
Good for them! If only NY teachers would take a stand next election cycle and oust Mulgrew and Unity. Take your ball and go home, Johnson ---it’s clear you’re just a sore loser. 

Roseanne McCosh

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