Sunday, November 16, 2008

Q & A With a UFT CL

Hi Norm,
Q: How are you? I would like to know if you have heard from any other chapter leaders/teachers about how they are so disgusted with the union, DOE, and especially the administrators. I just received the chapter leader update and the union is asking us to have a discussion with our principal about the budget cuts so classrooms are protected. Doesn't the union realize, or should I say, want to realize, that the principals will do whatever they please, including budget cuts?

A: What is there to say? The union tries to maintain the fiction that it is functioning at the school level. If a principal is benign and has a sense of fairness, then there it does, but due to the principal and not the union. Since most principals are not benign, the UFT is a head without much of a body. But they issue these directives with a prayer attached.

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