Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Michael Fiorillo on UFT/Unity Leadership

Help the misleaders of our union, who've spent the better part of a generation enabling those who would destroy the union, our rights, and public education itself?
Help them do what? Continue collaborating with Bill Gates and Eli Broad? Help them to continue pushing Common Core and the attendant testing regime on a demoralized, lied-to rank and file?
While there are many smart, honest and decent people in Unity Caucus whom I like and respect, they seem to be as powerless as the rank and file. As for the top leadership, not only would I not help them, but as the good people of Appalachia would say, I wouldn't piss on them if their hearts were on fire.
Let's all work hard to "help" these misleaders into the dustbin of history, where their betrayals will be seen for what they are, and take our union back from willful captives who brag about their collaboration with our enemies.
......Fiorillo response on NYC Educator bog:  Teaching in a Right-to-Work State
NYC Educator phrases things in a different way:
.... we must work to make UFT an organization responsive to those of us who see what's coming. Flawed though our union is, we must work to improve it rather than lie down and watch it be destroyed. As bad as things are, they could be much worse. A lot of us are working to make things better, and I expect to give more detail on that in this space in the coming weeks and months.

Friedrichs can hang over our heads like the Sword of Damocles, but we cannot give up. We cannot become North Carolina. If you think it can't happen here, take a look at Michigan and Wisconsin. No one thought it would happen there either. Because even if we win Friedrichs, that's just cutting one head off the monster. Surely another will grow in its place.

We need to be smarter and quicker than the reformies. Our current leadership has not proven up to the task. One way or another, we are going to help them, whether they like it or not. 

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