Miami teacher Paul Moore posted the news with this:
Getting Rid Of D.C.'s WTU Quisling For RheeAnd Quislings they are. Weingarten and Mulgrew and the entire Unity AFT/UFT crew.
When reported on the NYCEdNewsListserve Leonie Haimson wrote:
With Rhee, Fenty and now Parker gone, it is a new day in DC.Daley going too in Chicago, as well as their schools CEO, Huberman.Klein leaving, but not Bloomberg unfortunately….NYC is the unluckiest of the three.
Another union victory for the anti-Weingarten forces in the AFT.There is a lot of back story here and Ed Notes has been on top of the DC story. Just look in the archives around April and May to see how Randi used a ruse to cancel the elections which were due to take place before the vote on the contract she negotiated with Rhee because she feared a Saunders win would jeopardize the vote.
NYC is unluckiest of the 3 because we still have Unity Caucus running the UFT.
See video I did of Nathan Saunders and Candi Peterson at the AFT convention in Seattle this summer.
Both Nathan and Candi were out in LA in the summer of 2009 when a bunch of Real Reformers (union too) met with the LA teachers union and a group from CORE in Chicago when their hope of winning the union election was slim.
The UFT/AFT ineptness (or collaboration) is creating a more militant movement within the teachers union nationwide. Detroit may be next.
With his defeat by a margin of 556 to 480, Parker joins Rhee and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) as the third major figure to effectively be forced from office by political fallout from the 2007-2010 school-reform movement.