I also want to point out that the AFT national and NYS NYSUT are under the control of the same political forces as the UFT. There is a still low level political divide inside the national unions with UCORE sort of repping the left - and I will be reporting on a new entity in the national scene after I chat with one of their leaders.
UFT Update: Which Came First - the leadership or the membership? Are teachers in LA and Chicago different than NYC?
And led to some comments on Leonie's listserve. Below her and John's comments I respond. Is the illegal strike the reason alone or even if we had the right to strike would this particular UFT leadership be willing or even capable of leading a strike similar to those in LA and Chi -- where they had a level of community support.
Norm: I’m not qualified to say if conditions are better for teachers here – I’ve seen Mulgrew argue yes.
NYC class sizes may be a bit better though not great, and there’s no publicly available reliable class size data in either LA or Chicago on this.
On the other hand, the UFT class size caps that exist are more than 50 years old, negotiated by Al Shanker and I’ve seen no real push by leadership to lower them through contract negotiations since that time.
I believe teacher salaries are higher in NYC than those other two cities, but would have to check.
But there is also a law against public employees including teachers striking in NY which doesn’t exist in Chicago or LA.
Teacher strikes are legal in 12 states and not covered in statutes or case law in three.
California is among the minority of states that do permit teachers’ strikes even though most states allow collective bargaining and wage negotiations for public school teachers.
According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, as of January 2014, 35 states and the District of Columbia outlaw striking. Teacher strikes are legal in 12 states and not covered in statutes or case law in three.
Here are the states where it is illegal for teachers to strike according to this link: https://cepr.net/documents/state-public-cb-2014-03.pdf
My response:Leonie, and Hi Norm
Look at the health care benefits and the pensions. And the almost absolute job security. I don't think the Taylor Law, that forbids public employees from striking, has every resulted in teachers losing salary money. And the elections are not democratic. It is an autocracy.