It has been somewhat quiet on the "Cuomo must go" front the last few days but calls for him to resign continue and the Assembly impeachment inquiry has begun. Noticeably absent on the calls for Cuomo to quit are the public employee unions in New York. One notable exception is the TWU, a union that previously was a robust supporter of the governor. They have at least spoken out.
From the Chief Leader:
In March 2019, Transport Workers Union of America President John Samuelsen called Andrew Cuomo 'the best Governor for the trade-union movement ever.' A few months later, though, their relationship derailed after Mr. Cuomo implied that a huge jump in overtime at New York City Transit was the result of worker fraud, prompting anger from transit workers and their union leadership. That's why it wasn't surprising when Mr. Samuelsen, musing on the sexual-harassment probe ordered by the State Attorney General, said 'if the investigation by Tish James reveals that the Governor has engaged in wrongdoing, then the Governor should pay the price.'
UFT head Michael Mulgrew and AFT President Randi Weingarten have an opinion on just about everything but not much on Cuomo's scandals. This is part of an AFT September 2019 statement on former President Donald Trump's impeachment before he was impeached for the first time. Note Randi doesn't hold back:
Donald Trump has undermined the rule of law, threatened our national security, and held in contempt the very institutions on which our republic was built, most notably in his use of presidential power to pressure a foreign government to investigate a potential political opponent. He must be held accountable. No one is above the law.
Here is part of yet another statement from Randi on the day the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump the first time:
Today will go down in history. Congress has defended American democracy against a president who knows no bounds.
Yet, there is a strange Union quiet concerning New York's governor who knows no bounds from a union of mostly females. The Union's lack of public empathy for the women who accused the governor is coming from the national, state, and city unions.
I have one question: Why the deafening silence from our union leaders on Cuomo?
When it comes to the UFT, we have to wonder if the fact that our political director Cassie Prugh used to work for Cuomo is playing a role in advising our President to hush up. The last two UFT political directors, Paul Egan and Tom Murphy, were teachers who moved up the Unity Caucus ranks. Cassie has a very different background.
From her LinkedIn page:
Her ties to Cuomo go back over a decade. Could her background possibly have something to do with the Union's almost complete silence on Cuomo?
It would be greatly appreciated if one of our readers who is a UFT delegate or chapter leader could ask at Wednesday's Delegate Assembly about the UFT silence on Cuomo and lack of support for the women who are accusing him of sexual harassment. It might be the right call but we have a right to know why the UFT, NYSUT, and AFT are not commenting on a governor who is no friend of teachers or women who work for him.