Saturday, January 15, 2011

If you have a problem with teachers unions . . .

If you have a problem with teachers unions, there's a good chance you might be a "right-wing", conservative millionaire.  At least, that is the view of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the federation of unions representing state teachers.

From a Journal News interview with state and regional union leaders:
Herb Pinder, Lohud Opinion Page Editor:
"It certainly seems that the pendulum is swinging against public employees unions and I just want to get your perspective.  Is this general angst or the residue of the overall state of the economy or are we seeing something much, much bigger at work? . . . I’ll start with you, Mr. Korn."

Carl Korn, chief press officer for NYSUT:
"I think one of the things we are seeing is a concerted and orchestrated effort by the right to vilify public employees and vilify unions for the problems that they didn’t create.  Speaking only for NYSUT we believe in collaboration.  We believe in partnership and being part of the solution.  But sometimes we take a step back and we look at these same headlines and we look at who’s behind them, and they’re most often right-wing think tanks and conservatives who are also special interest.  And the special interests are representing the banks and the Wall Street millionaires who got us into this mess in the first place."

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