At their regularly scheduled Chapter meeting, Friday, UFT members who teach in worker education programs for several unions in the City and organized as a UFT Chapter called the Consortium for Worker Education (CWE) asked candidates for UFT President to square off and present their differing views of the way in which the leadership should run our union.
Originally set up as a debate, Chapter members sought to have the event video taped so that all of our members could see the opposing views. Unfortunately, at the last minute, Randi, uncharacteristically became camera shy and refused to address the chapter if cameras were present.
Randi, camera shy?
Obviously she is concerned that what she said might reach a large number of our members who will be able to be more informed about whether our Union is going in the proper direction.
Kit Wainer, ICE-TJC presidential candidate, laid out his vision for the Union which works to build our Union through its strong, well organized Chapters. Leaders must reflect the needs of their members and not themselves and help in this organization effort.
Randi, on the other hand, made it clear that the Chapter had to help itself. When asked by one of the Chapter members whether the Union could help raise awareness of adult education issues among the public so that they could gain salaries and benefits equal to public school teachers Randi responded that they had to find "other organizations who were willing to help like immigrant groups."
On behalf of this chapter of private sector employees, thanks. Thanks for nothing.
Finally Randi offered to provide a few minutes at a Delegate Assembly to "inform our members" about adult ed. That will really change public opinion.
We see now why Randi barred the cameras.
ICE-TJC Photog Norm Scott videotaping UFT Presidential Candidate Kit Wainer in front of UFT headquarters. He was barred from taping the "debate."