A commenter on Thank You Wimps wrote some rather unpleasant names which I deleted and posted that I needed to get a life, which I also deleted because I dared to say negative things about teachers who voted for the contract.
Well dear commentator, Mr. or Ms. Unity Hack, I have a great life thanks to the union of the past. When I began my career the UFT was actually a union by the teachers and for the teachers. When contract terms were unacceptable, we went on strike. Don't tell me times were different then. Things cost less but we earned much less. We were single wage earners with families, mortgages, college loans, etc., but we did what we had to do and our union backed us up. When we went back to work we paid dearly (two days for every day out) but it was worth it. Conditions and salaries were better for all. Happier teachers made better teachers. People wanted careers in education.
No, I don't need to get a life. I travel, I go to the theater, I eat in nice restaurants. I do pretty much whatever I please. The UFT of the past helped make this possible. And, I will continue to write what I want when I want on this blog. Mr. or Ms. Unity Hack, you probably don't want members reading this and worry they might become disillusioned with you and you will lose the nice life you have made on our backs, doing nothing to help us. The sad part is that most teachers have no idea what is going on around them and that is what keeps creeps like you in power.
Keep writing in those nasty comments. I will just keep hitting the delete button on my keyboard.