It’s not difficult keeping the faithful in line.
Last night, in an unprecedented disregard for union democracy Randi Weingarten rammed a resolution through the Delegate Assembly which gives tacit support to the most anti-union fact-finding report ever offered to New York City teachers.
You know, I’m not even angry by the rulings of a parliamentarian that demonstrates either a complete lack of knowledge of established rules to run a meeting or a conscious decision to provide erroneous legal advice for the purpose of manipulating our Delegates.
You know, I’m not even angry by full time Union trough-feeders who double dip their income with our dues and tax dollars and won’t work under this proposal and try to scare delegates into believing that only by using this fact-finding report as a vehicle will the world be safe and our Union will be saved.
You know, I’m not even angry by the multitudes of retired members waving their voting cards and contributing their precious votes to a decision that only currently working members will live under.
So, how can this be?
She can’t control the membership.
We can sing Solidarity Forever. We can accuse those who attempt to permit a free exchange of opinion of being divisive. We can try to scare the living hell out of members.
But we can’t convince our members that the fact-finding report is the basis of anything other than the recycle bin.
There is little doubt in my mind that the resolution that passed last night will do nothing to ensure that our teachers will be allowed to teach, that we will receive a salary that, at least, keeps pace with inflation, and that we won’t be forced to giveback most of the power our Union has in the schools.
So, why am I not angry?
Because we have 120,000 voting members.