Sunday, August 3, 2008
Today's NY Times' front page Metro story by Corey Kilgannon on Peter Stein who heads the lifeguards' union, relates to a story in Ed Notes (Is the Parks Dept Racist?) on the way the Parks Dept. places lifeguards in Rockaway - lots of them in the wealthy west end, many less in the poorer east end.
Stein was a NYC teacher, as is Janet Flash, his current nemesis. We met with Stein in the 70's when he expressed some interest, briefly, in the opposition to Unity Caucus, but then he moved quickly into the city-wide union hierarchy.
Kilgannon has done some great stories on Rockaway over the years.
Here are some photos I took on Labor Day last year. This used to be the traditional day teachers were at their most depressed, but thanks to the UFT, they were already back at work for two days by then. The UFT does it's best to improve the mental state of teachers - "See, we won a great victory in the 2005 contract. No more depression Labor Day."
But in these pictures, you will see some teachers, after having attended 2 days of PD, trying to decide whether to just swim out to sea as an alternative to going in the next day.