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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-09-10 07:55 AM
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17. The union has mostly worked with Granholm....
"The Detroit Federation of Teachers (DFT) has not been much of a leader in working peoples organizations but this might be about to change. The main concern of the union over the years has been to basically protect the bloated salaries and privileges of the trade union executives, like Keith Johnson, the pathetic president of DFT. In fact, union executives have been openly working with the school authorities in Detroit to force hundreds, if not thousands, of experienced teachers to retire, so they can be replaced by a low-wage instructors, forced to work in charter schools without the slightest rights or input on how children are taught nor any control over curriculum or the day to day running of the schools.

In return for this largess and sell-out support, the DFT has been given assurances from their president, Keith Johnson, and his executives, that it will continue to collect dues income from teachers, and will participate in the myriad joint labor-management committees to police teachers. This is all a part of the Obama/Duncan Race to the Top. Sound familiar? Sure it does, it is magically growing like a fungus all over the nation, as you know if you have been following the saga."

The Detroit News reported teachers were being asked to agree to a $250 pre-tax deduction from 40 biweekly paychecks starting in January to fund the loan.

Not only are teachers not up to speed on it, the people just don't give a damn. The Republicans don't mind giving the schools to corporations, and the Democrats won't fight back because they consider those of us who do to be disloyal to Obama.

That is how you get things done that are not good for the people....just get their loyalty in every way.
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