The BloomKlein regime has instituted such a reign of terror that no one wants to have it known that they disagree with the system. Bloggers remain anonymous, and teachers are reluctant to file winnable grievances because of the fear of retribution. Worse still is the knowledge that the UFT is utterly useless and unwilling to stand up for the rights of teachers, including our most basic rights to free speech and academic expression. The proper response of a strong union to strong arm tactics would have been to push back twice as hard; our union under Randi Weingarten has rolled over on its back. Will Mulgrew be any different?
I propose we find out. I am sending back my UFT Contract Questionairre without filling it out, because I believe no one at the union reads them anyway. But I am going to do one thing: I am writing across the front cover, in red marker, two simple words:
I urge you to do the same. Tell your friends and colleagues. Email this post to them. If the powers that be at the UFT HQ see enough of these, perhaps they will get the message.