Sunday, June 22, 2008

Some Tidbits from Randi

ICE mail posted a transcript of last Sunday's Randi interview with Gabe Pressman. Here are some of the points we found interesting. Email us if you would like the entire transcript forwarded to you.

Randi Continuing the Myth of her Six Year Teaching Career

PRESSMAN: And how do you feel? (This question was on the survey rating the Chancellor.)
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Look, I think there's a lot of things--frankly, in this instance, my vote is not nearly as important as people who are day-to-day in the schools, you know. I taught myself for six years in this school system. But ultimately...
PRESSMAN: That was Clara Burton--Barton...
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Clara Barton High School.
PRESSMAN: Yeah.

Randi on Mayoral Control

She's waiting for the School Governance Committee report.

PRESSMAN: So what do you want to do now, bring back the board of--the old board of education?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: There has to be--we have--and I don't mean to punt this question, but I'm about to punt it. We have a committee. I believe in democracy within our union, and we have a governance committee that's been studying all of this. There are clearly--there's clearly been strengths and weaknesses to this governance system for the last seven or eight years. And ultimately, the bottom line for June '09 is to get to a governance system that ensures that every single kid in our charge succeeds. So, governance has to follow instruction. And so ultimately, you need a governance system that makes sure the mission of education is actually done well. So, the committee will report probably either at the end of June or at the beginning of September, and we will champion the committee's, you know, recommendations. But ultimately, some changes need to be done. I don't know exactly where that committee is coming out right now, but I actually want to follow the lead of my members here who are in the trenches every day.

Randi on Being the President of Both UFT &AFT

Let's score one for Norm Scott who believes there is little or no chance of her giving up the UFT Presidency any time soon.

PRESSMAN: And you expect to take over as president of the AFT while you continue as the president of the local here?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: I am--there's an election in July, and at this moment in time no one is running against me, and so assuming--it's--you know, I think everyone else in the world who looks at this stuff assumes that I will be president of the AFT July 14th.
Randi Thinks Bloomberg is Doing a Good Job

We've said all along the UFT is Part of this Fiasco.

PRESSMAN: And we're back here with Randi Weingarten.
So, as it stands now, how do you feel about the mayor in general? Is he doing a good job?
Ms. WEINGARTEN: Look, I think the mayor has--there's--I think the mayor has run this city well. There are things that I don't like about what he's done in the last few months. There are things that he doesn't like about what I've done. And--but ultimately, until the last couple of months where we have not spoken, we had had a very open dialogue.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Randi got screwed by 2 guys at the same time, and she's just realizing it now?

Every time the "mayor question" is asked, she refuses to go for the jugular. She is letting America think he is the "Education Mayor" and sinking unions is a good thing.
(No political motivation there?)

Anonymous said...

I beleive in democracy in our union...

Is she for real?

Holy Toldeo.

Lying Liars and the Lies that they tell.

Anonymous said...

believe...oopps

Anonymous said...

You don't think Randi believes in democracy. You people are so ungrateful.

Anonymous said...

Randi Weingarten certainly believes in democracy. She believes everyone should have the right to agree with her, whether they agree with her or not, and in true democratic fashion, hand-picks the DRs who agree with her most, so that they can spread the word that it's OK to agree with her.

Anonymous said...

My kind of democracy. No wonder they win every UFT election. If the UFT members just woke up.

17 (really 15) more years said...

She and the mayor have had a very open dialogue? I take that to mean, "We're sticking you all with another early contract loaded with givebacks."

NYC Educator said...

I'm really amazed, after all that's happened, after all the time the administration's stabbed us in the back, that she can say nice things about this mayor. She had nothing good to say about Rudy, and all the things that Rudy only imagined, Mayor Mike has accomplished.

Anonymous said...

Something is brewing between Randi and Mike.

You can be sure of it. When something big is announced this summer or in the fall then you will know why she was doing extra-kiss-assing.

Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

I agree with NYC educator and the last anonymous guy.

Anonymous said...

Great news all!

School is out and it's officially summer. Maybe the heat will cause ICE to melt!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Unity, you won't sweat in your air conditioned office we pay for while those who do the real work will be stifling in summer schools.

You have one great job hood-winking us

Anonymous said...

Now now, the Unity guy here is just misguided and misinformed. He hasn't realized the truth yet.

Unity guy, won't you join us for our next meeting at Vera's on July 1st at 10am? We will be at 1615 Avenue I Apt. 116 in Brooklyn. Much will be discussed including several Unity deceptions.

As was mentioned on another thread, this will also be a celebration now that another school year is over. Please bring family and friends, we will be barbequing hot dogs, hamburgers, possibly a pig roast, and anything else that people bring. It will be an insightful time with good people and good conversations. The more the merrier.

Anonymous said...

The last anon is Unity man again with the wrong time.

Anonymous said...

You mean there's not going to be a pig roast?

Anonymous said...

That's very dissappointing, really now there's no reason to go.

Anonymous said...

Unity man would you please tell us your salary?

Anonymous said...

Unity man probably makes 7 figures, owns a manison in the Hamptons, 5 cars, a sailboat, and a toilet made of solid gold. He couldn't appreciate our ICE pig roast if he wanted to.

Anonymous said...

Guys, I bought a few bottles of this fantastic BBQ sauce when I was in St. Louis a few months ago...

http://www.maull.com/

Should I bring them?

Anonymous said...

Maull's is the best.

My grandmother comes from St. Louis and she used it all the time. I remember one day when I was ten, my cousin Becky threw it into the pool and then jumped on it thinking that it would help her float. I can still hear her say," But Grandma said you can't go wrong with this stuff."

Those were the days.

BTW: Unity Man...Do you teach or are you one of the UFT staff beef heads who walk around the DA with their ID tags showing?

Have a good summer! See you in October. Get ready for some fireworks at the DA.

Anonymous said...

A word of advice, fireworks are illegal in NY state. You shouldn't use them on the fourth of July let alone at a DA, that could lead to criminal charges.

I just thought of a joke...how many ICEsickles does it take to operate a pack of matches?

Anonymous said...

The answer is all five ICEsickles.

Anonymous said...

Unity Hack, care to explain the nature of your comments?

Anonymous said...

Sure, John Powers rips off a match from the book of matches that Marion Swerdlow is holding. As he does it she reminds him to do it in a spiritual fashion. He strikes it and it doesn't catch so James Eterno screams out "point of order" and then doesn't do or say anything else. Michael Fiorillo then states "I'd like to amend this" as he rips the next match out. When he does this Marjorie Stamberg asks them to recount the matches left in the book. No matter how many are left, Marjorie is dissappointed with the outcome. Eventually the match is lit.

Meanwhile Norman Scott is standing outside passing out notes on the proper way to light a match and watching all of this transpire, so he doesn't really factor into the equation.

See, all 5 ICEsickles needed to light a match.

Anonymous said...

Blasphemy, those are six of the greatest trade unionists who have ever lived.