Thursday, October 06, 2005
Executive Board Votes For “Vehicle With Extra Spin”
In a shameful display of self-serving spin a majority of the UFT Executive Board voted to recommend to the Delegate Assembly and the membership the anti-union document that the negotiating committee offered. This time, however, it appears that many who voted for this don’t really believe their own spin.
“It’s the best you can get, under the circumstances,” argued one Executive Board member. The line goes further. In this anti-union, union-busting climate what else can we do? Er..act like a Union.
When there is such a deep distrust of our own members’ ability to act like unionists this is what you get. A contract proposal that sells out the very notion of our professionalism. We can not have true input in the education of our students if our principals and their supervisors have complete control of our working conditions.
Let teachers teach has now been modified to state “let teachers teach the way the DOE orders them to.”
Teaching has always been difficult but at least it was rewarding. Now its become just another job…and a not very well paid one at that.