2011-03-11 / Letters

Union Busting

The following letter was sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,

As an educator I am appalled that you would launch a campaign against NYC public school teachers.

For the past nine years you have shown nothing but hate and lies against New York’s brightest employees in public. You have accused teachers of being lazy and money hungry.

Your last attack is at an all time low regarding teachers’ layoffs. The governor’s budget released a few weeks ago specifically stated that the cuts to education will not require teacher layoff. However you’re insisting on spending money creating deputy chancellors and increasing Children’s First Networks. The truth is that you are hiring independent contractors to work for the Department of Education. This strategy allows you not to give employees health benefits and pensions. So what this is really about is UNION BUSTING!

You are not putting Children First! Putting Children First means having a highly qualified teacher in front of students’ everyday preparing them for the 21st Century. Putting Children First is not spending $6 billion in new private contracts! Putting Children First is not spending $54 million on the Principal’s Leadership Academy! Lastly, Putting Children First is not spending $4 million on new teacher recruitment! Listen Mayor Bloomberg, Put Children First and don’t lay off teachers!

TANEEKA JONES

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