Monday, October 17, 2005
Union Leadership Rules Out of Order Measure to Ensure Democratic Ratification
In a blatant disregard to protect the democratic process of contract ratification Randi Weingarten ruled out of order tonight a measure that would help protect the rights of members who may want to hear both sides of the ratification issue.
Executive Board members from TJC and ICE jointly proposed a resolution requiring the New York Teacher to present both sides of the contract ratification issue and to require that Chapter Election Committees run the ratification vote instead of the Chapter Leader as is required by Union rule. An Executive Board member raised an objection based on the resolution passed at the last Delegate Assembly which required that the ratification vote be run as had been in the past.
Realizing that the Union rule, as enunciated in the booklet, How to Run a Chapter Election, requires that ratification votes be run by Election Committees in each school and that there may be some schools in which the Chapter Leader may decide to run the election the resolution sought to clear up any ambiguity.
As a result of Randi’s ruling there was no vote on the resolution and no clear direction to the Chapters on how to run this ratification leaving the whole process up for challenge. Hopefully this will not require governmental intervention and re-run of the election.
In other Executive Board business a request to Randi to direct district reps and other union paid spokespeople to stop attacking opposition caucuses was met with the response “well you call us names, too.” It appears that Randi took offense to the word “hack” and wanted us to apologize for using the word.
What she attempted to do and was unsuccessful was to throw the question back to the questioner. This tactic is old and wrongheaded. People paid with our dues should not resort to calling opposition caucus members terrorists or impugn their motives no matter what they are called. That being said we will try to extract the word “hack” from our literature.
What do you call a paid employee who espouses the views of their leader without question? Let’s come up with a new word.