Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, the union representing New York City's schoolteachers and the nation's largest teachers' union, has denied my plea for a mercy takeover of the Professional Staff Congress.
I had written a letter to Weingarten suggesting that the UFT take over the representation of the faculty of the City University of New York, which is presently represented by the failed Professional Staff Congress. Due to both lack of bargaining power and poor leadership the faculty of CUNY has seen its salaries decline from among the highest in the country thirty years ago to among the lowest today.
Sadly Ms. Weingarten refuses to attempt a friendly or hostile takeover of the PSC unit. In her snail mail letter, she states that the PSC is a sister union and that I should consider becoming active in the PSC.
Nah. I've got enough lost causes on my hands.