Candi Peterson over at The Washington Teacher has a post asking about where the WTU teacher contract proposal is. Apparently yesterday, January 30th, was the day it was supposed to be presented to Michelle Rhee. I've heard not a peep about it.
Now, I'm no union insider (although I'm a member, I don't receive emails, have a union card, or generally know what's going on, despite having sent numerous emails asking the WTU to resolve these problems). But if Candi Peterson doesn't know what's up, then my guess is our union leadership has said / done nothing. She generally seems to know what's going on, being on the board and all.
So my question is this: what do our union leaders do all day? I pay quite a bit every two weeks to have the union represent me, and besides getting awkward robo calls (is there seriously no way to not have those phone messages start with like 20 seconds of silence? can we really not crack that technology?) every Sunday, they don't seem to do much. From what I've observed, George Parker and Nathan Saunders (ugh, don't even get me started on Saunders... he and I have some beef) seem to spend most of their time not liking each other and writing down the vaguely inflammatory things that the other says for use in the media, which of course has learned to stop calling them since they don't actually do anything.
On another, related note: have you seen the WTU website? What the hell is that? Seriously, my mom has a better website than this, and she once thought that if I checked my email while I was away at college it might tie up their phone line at home. And yes, I'm showing my age; I once used dial-up.
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