I became suspicious of Union collusion with the DOE back in May of 2006. At that time I was the only teacher who stood up for K.N. when she was brought up on charges. Here is the letter that I wrote to Chancellor's Investigator B.F. when I thought that he might actually be a Real Investigator instead of a Bogus Co-Conspirator. Back then I made up false names for everyone: I called K.N. Adila Hassan and I called B.F. Haden Sands. Now I'm referring to them by their real initials.
There was so much that could have been done by the leadership as well as the membership. If we had fought back then the way we should have, we would not have all the school closings that we have today. We would not be losing public education in this country. Although I have refrained from taking the Union to task (there are just so many battles one can fight at one time), I feel that we need to forcefully denounce any cooperation or collusion between the Union (membership and leadership) and the 1% of this country represented in our case by Michael Bloomberg and his billionaire friends.
My evidence is anecdotal. I'll be telling you a lot of stories. The real evidence, of course, can be found among the innumerable records involving thousands of teachers during the Bloomberg Witch Hunts. So much of it was carefully and meticulously written down--much like the records kept during the Holocaust. Even if we didn't have the written records, however, we would have the memories of thousands of survivors.