Special Note: Did you think NYSUT wasn’t watching? We published this article at 12:57 and between 1:03 p.m. and 1:28 p.m., that’s in the first 30 minutes, NYSUT had visited this blog and this article 5 different times! They’re staying on top of this one!
We Have to Consider Whether the New York State United Teachers, the Teachers Union Represented by Matt Miller in the RCS Central School District is Behind the Outrageous Attacks on This Community, Our School District, and our Board of Education Members.
And we have to seriously consider whether teachers union, NYSUT, is connected or behind the Albany Times Union, our own regional whore-paper, that is consistently attacking our community, our school district, our board of education. After all, the Times Useless is a liberal rag and NYSUT is a union, after all, with loads of money to flash around.
Isn’t It Interesting That Just Days After We Published An Article Criticising Matt Miller and His Supporters that the Times Useless Publishes an Editorial Attaching the RCS Board of Education? I See a Connection, Don’t You?
We recently reported on local teachers union flapperdoodle Matt Miller’s corrupt practices (double-dipping as energy manager) and his hypocritical double standards (he and his supporters trash parents who file complaints against the district for real problems while Matt Miller files complaints because his double/triple dipping was stopped!).
We also pointed out that Matt Miller, as NYSUT’s local representative in our district, is putting in only about 1/3 teaching and in the other 2/3 of his time he’s doing union-connected activities. Even if it were the other way around, you should not be paying for his time as a union representative!
Matt Miller to New York State United Teachers Union & Times Useless: HELP ME!
So, all this time we’ve been going after flapperdoodle union rep Matt “the Mutt” Miller, the teacher’s union has been reading this blog, and the Times Useless has been libeling the district and its board of education. You can bet that the e-mail and telephone lines have been smoking recently with Matt Miller and his friends at NYSUT conspiring what to do next.
And we mustn’t forget the fact that the teachers in the RCS CSD are heavily invested in what goes on with the NY State United Teachers and how effective the local representative is or isn’t. So, you can see where they’re not very happy when their own local rep is caught with his hands in the cookie jar. No! Indeed!
And, of course, the minority on the RCS board of education are all teachers or closely connected with teachers. You have Alice Whalen, a retired school teacher, Howard “Bray” Engel, a schoolteacher married to a school teacher, Edward “Teddy” Reville, who is married to Engel’s sister, and of course, our all time favorite, James Latter, whose wife is a teacher. We call that bunch the “teachers clique” on the RCS board of education and they stick together and vote as a block against anything the majority non-teachers propose. Total support for the teachers or what benefits them and total support for Matt Miller and NYSUT. If you think you or your children are somewhere in their hearts, Forgetaboutit!
Now, we have an interim school superintendent, Dr Alan McCartney, who has a fine record for progress in the school districts he’s headed in his long career. Remember, our fine RCS teachers and their fine teachers union had our graduation rates in the mid-70% range; Dr Alan McCartney had Vorheesville at almost 100%! Why would that be? Because Dr Alan McCarney won’t stand for the bullshit that has been going on in this corrupt community and will clean house if he has to. His focus is on education and achievement, not sucking everything you can out of the district (unlike Matt Miller and his pal Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, former teacher and principal who jumped ship!).
The Coeymanazi hoard under the leadership of Cathy and Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca and their mob pushed the 2012-13 RCS school budget of more than $42 million through on fake promises they couldn’t keep and underhandedness. You can imagine the teachers union’s mouth watering at the thought of getting its hands on some of that dough or directing some of it to benefit its members. You betcha!
The Albany Times Union is Being Used as a Weapon of Retaliation, Harrassment, and Intimidation Against This Community and Its People!
So, what about the teachers union. You probably don’t know much about it, do you? Well, it’s a union and we all know about unions don’t we? Like the baker’s union and the Teamsters union’s role in the Hostess tragedy. In the interest of the workers at Hostess they played hardball and more than 15,000 workers lost their jobs when Hostess went bankrupt. The unions were so good at what they do that the workers were jobless but the Hostess executives collected more than $1.8 million dollars in parachute money!
But here’s the real poop: There are about 697 school districts in New York State, about 23 of those are here in the Capital District, and RCS is one of them. The teachers union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), has about 600,000 members in New York State. NYSUT is an umbrella group which provides services to local affiliates in New York state; lobbies on the local, state and federal level; conducts research; and organizes new members.
Now, with more 690 school districts in New York state, and with at least one union rep in each of the school districts, let’s do some math. Let’s first assume that Matt Miller’s situation is not unusual for a union rep. He teaches about 1/3 of the time and does union work the other two-thirds. So let’s say the average teacher makes an average salary of about $60K (that’s actually very low, most make more.) And to be really conservative, let’s say that the average teacher/union rep teaches 50% of the time and does union the other 50% of the time. Now we know that the union reps are paid from taxpayer money and that the union reps receive their full teacher’s salary plus the many benefits provided by their contracts.
So here we have about 690 school districts each with at least 1 union rep. The teachers union rep makes an average of $60K a year as a teacher. The teachers union rep/teacher puts in 50% teaching and 50% union. This comes out to: 690 x 1 = 690 x (60,000 x .50) = 690 x 30,000 = $207,000,000 that taxpayers pay for teachers to do union work. Let me repeat that approximate figure for you: Taxpayers are paying about $207,000,000 (two hundred and seven MILLION dollars) for teachers to do union work. How’s that grab ya?
That’s $207,000,000 that is NOT coming out of the union’s pockets but is coming out of YOUR pockets to pay the teachers union reps to serve their own and the union’s interests!
Matt Miller thinks that’s OK. The teachers think that’s OK. The Times Useless thinks that’s OK. Our state and federal legislators seem to think it’s OK. But do YOU think that’s OK?
Now, good business sense would demand that the New York State United Teachers reimburse the districts for that money and that it be used for education, for what you thought it was to be used for. Right? So why doesn’t that happen?
I’ll tell you why. Because when teachers contracts come up for renewal and the teacher/union rep’s contract comes up for renewal they bring out the big guns. And union money talks. Remember, one of the things that NYSUT does for its members is lobby at state and federal levels. So our whores in Albany and Washington listen when the coins start jingling! And $207,000,000 is a lot of jingling if NYSUT doesn’t have to shell it out!
And think of the interest it can buy with the media! That’s what we think is happening at the Times Union in Albany and Hearst Corporation, who owns the Times Union.
As soon as a local board starts to rock the boat, teachers union reps, teachers, NYSUT, their affiliates the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the AFL-CIO, and the National Education Association (NEA). All start flexing their money-muscle and whores like the Times Union and Hearst Corporation and our elected officials in Albany and in Washington start shaking in their boots!
Just think: if one school district makes a small change like refusing to pay the teachers union rep and telling NYSUT they’ll have to pay him or her or at least reimburse the district for the money paid to the teacher, others might follow. Can you imagine the effect that would have on education, your tax levy, etc.?!?
It’s no wonder media like the Times Useless joins up with the crooks and looks the other way when we publish the true facts. It’s no wonder that the Times Useless ignores facts and would rather attack the men and women working for the common good of the community and the district. Could there be any other reason why the Times Useless consistently attacks the members of the board of education and makes saints of the very people screwing this community and the school district? Think about that for a moment. Then leave a comment.
The Times Useless in apparently in the Union’s pocket. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk is too small in absolute numbers and dollars to make a difference on its own but the waves this small community can make pose a real threat to the bigger picture and the teachers union sees this as a genuine threat. RCS can be the mouse that roared and fires the shot heard around the world! So the Times Useless attacks the men and women who won’t let their rights be trampled like Rodney K., and the other board of education members who are fighting the thieving and corruption in this district. The petition that should be sent around is a referendum to demand that the money spent by this district to fund teachers union lackeys like Matt Miller be reimbursed to this district IMMEDIATELY, and that no further contracts will be honored that require this district to pay union representatives from tax dollars! Print that, Times Useless, you whore-paper!
Over the next couple of days we will publish form letters for you to fill out and send to our state and federal lawmakers, to the NYSED commissioner, and others demanding that they stop this unfair practice of paying special interests with taxpayer money immediately. We can make a start right here and now!
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