Galoot wrote:While I was a member of MTI, I would have been completely ok with having the union dissolve, and re-form under new leadership. And I knew other teachers at East who felt the same way, who hated John Matthews so much that they refused to wear any MTI logos or carry an MTI sign during the protests. They were mostly younger or newer teachers, which shouldn't be surprising.
I still regret not standing up at new teacher orientation back in 2005, when Mathews was speaking, and asking him why the hell he thought it wasn't a conflict of interest for him to make $30k a year as a board member of WPS or whatever that insanely expensive health care plan was.
I saw the whole crackdown on teachers unions coming, back in around 2001, and I told many people about it. After my experience with Prop 13 in California when I was in public schools there, it was quite clear that if public servants and their union representatives just blithely ignore public outcry against them, then there will be a huge voter backlash against them. No, I don't think that the Walker plan is reasonable, but I do think that Matthews could have done a hell of a lot to change public opinion about teachers and their union, if he hadn't acted like an arrogant prick for years about the issue of expensive health care insurance.
April 2, vote for Strong, Howard, or (as a write-in) Mirilli.
If for no other reason, do it for Galoot.