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Smarmie Doofus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 05:49 AM
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The NYC Union in the Age of Obama: UFT Officers Targeted
Edited on Fri Jun-24-11 05:52 AM by Smarmie Doofus
Bad as this sounds , I wish it were that good. For the record: "Chapter Leaders" are *elected* by the membership of each school/chapter to protect the legal and contractual rights of the membership.

Obama supporters (I used to be one of you): if you are ok with this, perhaps you can explain why. I'm seeing good people destroyed. I don't know WHAT you're seeing.

>>>>>Does the UFT Bury Stories Exposing How Weak It Really Is When It Comes to Defending Chapter Leaders?
Updated: Friday, June 3, 11pm

Should the UFT warn potential chapter leaders of the pitfalls?

My latest fad is reading Philip Kerr Berlin Noir novels featuring Bernie Gunther, an anti-Hitler detective/policeman in Nazi Germany. Taking place in 1936 and 1938 the first two novels provide some interesting insights into what it might have been like to be living in Germany in those years. I will go into other details another time, but the point I want to make has to do with the heart of "The Pale Criminal" where young girls are being horribly murdered by a serial killer. Rather than warn the populace, the Nazi regime keeps everything under cover so as not to appear weak or suffer a propaganda defeat over the inability to solve the crimes. Thus, without being warned, parents allow their children to go about and face the danger. The official reason they give to anguished parents is that they want to prevent copycat crimes.

Thus it is with chapter leaders in some very dangerous situations. I will be reporting more on the IS 216Q situation where the UFT recruited a very competent teacher to run for chapter leader because the principal had chopped up every previous CL and promised to have her back. They didn't. She has been removed from the school and faces 3020a dismissal charges.

A longtime chapter leader who gave up the position last fall sent me the email below on May 21. The story told here goes well with some of the stories Jeff Kaufman is telling on his new ed law blog - see side panel. I have so many stories of how teachers are being railroaded. But the worst are the chapter leaders who have been attacked due to their defense of teacher rights. You will hear none of these stories in UFT commercials defending LIFO and seniority rights. Why? Instead of blasting these stories out, the UFT unable to protect the basic lifeblood of the union, chooses to keep them undercover. If you ask them you might get a similar answer the parents of the dead girls got - in this case to prevent copycat principals from feeling free to engage in nefarious activities. It might make sense but we know that principals don't need this spelled out since they have a much better network than teachers. The other reason is to keep the membership from understanding just how far the situation has slid. The lack of publicity - see Peter Lamphere* case at Bronx HS of Science - leaves people "out there" with little preparation for what might be coming when push comes to shove. Sort of like the parents in the Phllip Kerr novel who never knew there was a serial killer due to press blackout for the express purpose of "good news" propaganda. Go forth and read the NY Teacher and all the wonders of the UFT.>>>>>>>>
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-25-11 11:43 AM
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I read this when Norm posted it. Just an infuriating story.
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