AFT’s Weingarten Supports Malloy, and Likely, Cuomo
On June 16, 2014, I wrote a post in which I wondered what American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten would say on June 17 at the official AFL-CIO endorsement of the re-election of blatantly-anti-teacher, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.
Here is what the Connecticut Mirror had to offer by way of Weingarten’s participation in endorsing an undeniably public-education-destroyer Malloy:
Randi Weingarten, national AFT president, makes a plea for Malloy.
But there’s more.
After endorsing Malloy for re-election, AFT-CT takes this lame, tepid, incredibly sad action by way of a feeble effort to pacify the CT rank-and-file it just sold out with its Malloy endorsement:
Before formally endorsing Malloy, the statewide labor federation adopted a resolution Tuesday calling for a requirement that an education commissioner hold the same credential as a school superintendent, a standard that Pryor does not meet.“We’re hoping the governor’s listening,” said Melodie Peters, the president of AFT-Connecticut, one of the state’s two major teachers’ unions.The resolution drawn up by the AFT, which separately endorsed Malloy ahead of the AFL-CIO convention, was a message to a Democratic governor and to labor’s rank-and-file. It was meant as a gentle rebuke to Malloy, not a rejection; a way to soothe educators, not provoke them. [Emphasis added.]
Peters “hopes” the governor is listening?? She just endorsed the anti-teacher, anti-traditional-public education, pro-charter man for a second term as CT governor.
And there is Weingarten, cheering.
In February 2014, I wrote a post in which I piece together events and predict that Weingarten will have an active hand in offering the AFL-CIO endorsement to another anti-teacher governor, New York’s Andrew Cuomo, for the upcoming democratic presidential nomination.
Some folks think I am really far off in my prediction.
I’m thinking some of those same folks would not have thought Weingarten would be in Connecticut on June 17, 2014, enthusiastically endorsing Governor Dannel Malloy for a second term.
Let us change states for a moment, shall we?
In New York, Cuomo is up for re-election.
In January 2014, New York’s United Federation of Teachers (UFT) failed to pass a resolution declaring its lack of support for Cuomo. Looks like the Lord of the Flies Unity Caucus held off on shutting down anti-public-education Governor Cuomo.
Of course they did. How else will they band together and get the man his AFL-CIO endorsement to run for president?
In the short term, when UFT endorses Cuomo for re-election as New York’s governor, Weingarten will be there once again, cheering.
I wish it weren’t so. I wish I could say that it would never happen.
I am an AFT member. However, this union– this union over and over again provides support for not for me, a career teacher, but for moneyed, powerful education privatizers.
Find an occasion in which politicians selling out public education endeavor to advance their careers, and there is Weingarten, among allies, cheering.
As for Weingarten’s speech in Connecticut on June 17:
What she said in that moment is irrelevant. She endorsed the man, and that is really what matters.