It’s one thing to get singled out for extra budget cuts.
It’s something else altogether to pay dues for the privilege.
This afternoon, UFT members who are teachers at Renaissance Charter School took to the street to call out their own union. The UFT has stood silent as the Legislature moves toward a second straight year of frozen charter funding, though even former UFT president Randi Weingarten has acknowledged that this amounts to a “double cut.”
In a cruel irony, schools like Renaissance are the most vulnerable to a freeze precisely because they are unionized: union-negotiated pension costs that don’t stop rising when funding is flat. Here’s a quick pic from the rally ñ video to come.