Here are some interesting insights by 2 former Unity Caucus members. Signs of cracks in the machine? I'm not betting on that yet.
The Unity Leadership put out a message regarding school closings that says we are watching closely. We will go to court. We will help schools that want help. Holy Crud. Of course that is all you can do . You don't have a clear and concise blueprint of how our schools should operate. You supported and helped shape Mayoral Control and now are invested in making sure the law is followed. They can close down every school, pump up the ATR pool until it reaches heaven and create an untenable situation down the road where you will have to sell out the ATRS, and you sit with your hands tied because you are following the very law you helped to create. Great job.
--- Posted on ICE mail by John Powers, a former Unity Caucus member
Just catching up on my email and I read the piece about the two Michael's*. Do you know about the Speaker's Bureau? They hold a meeting usually the day before the DA to go over questions for the President and any resolutions. The president has a map of where people will sit to call on. They do it for everything. They used to meet at a junior high on 21st or the china chalet but last year they were starting to have conference calls. - Another former Unity Caucus member
*A Tale of Two Michaels: UFT and Mayor Bloomberg - Who is more undemocratic?
was written by Seung Ok - We are waging a two front battle against major powers - the millions of our own union leadership and the billionaire mayor.
Below is the full piece by Brooklyn Chapter Leader John Powers, a former member of Unity Caucus. Powers joined Unity in the summer of 2009 with the intention of trying to create debate on crucial issues within the caucus but when the union supported teacher evaluation measures he withdrew as a delegate to the AFT convention in Seattle (I'm sorry he did as we could have used some more people on the inside - who secretly were slipping me info) in June 2010, effectively ending his association with Unity.
Here is an article related to the NEA and AFT cooperation in the onslaught on teachers: