Pissing Off Mulgrew #DoTheRightThing


So, let me go ahead and admit,  I’ve never met this Mulgrew fellow. Chances are, I’m going to piss him off with this blog. That is ok, though, because pissing people off has always been my middle name. It certainly is this summer…

Just know,  Mulgrew,  nothing personal. You are probably a great fellow and amazing unionist. I don’t know you,  so I don’t know? But, I’m guessing from the cheers you received at the microphone during AFT’ Delegate Assembly,  you are highly accepted within our union. I’ll give you that. Kudos.

But, here is the thing… The whole ‘I will punch you in the face’ comment that you made to the delegates opposing Common Core … Yea, that was too much. Way too much.

This teacher is calling you out for it.

How can I say this nicely? Hmm. Let me make a comparison. In class, when two students disagree and one says to the other,  “I’ll punch you in the face”… well,  come on. You know … You are a teacher,  right,  Mr. Mulgrew?

Yes. You are. So are most of the people in the room that day. People who teach school even though they are blamed for society’s woes and chastised repeatedly for everything and anything seen wrong in schools. People who teach school amid threats to their contract, certification, and career. People who teach school despite the countless violent acts committed upon school personnel, and often their students.

You want to punch them in the face? Or me? Just because I oppose Common Core?

You must be kidding? Right? You were kidding, right? You were exaggerating to make a point, weren’t you?

Well, as my students would say, “Unacceptable, dude. You went overboard. Take it back.”

Take it back. It was wrong. Some people in that room have been victims of violent acts. Some of those teachers have been victims of domestic violence themselves. Someone in that room has probably been threatened before. Someone has probably been punched in the face for no reason,  or for standing up for what they believe.

If not someone in that room … Maybe someone watching, someone home in her pajamas, watching on a laptop via live feed. Someone so invested in their union and the fight about Common Core that they are watching. Someone who became upset by the comment,  by it bringing back all the horrible memories of the time when they were threatened like that, the time they were bullied …

Someone who may have become so disillusioned by hearing a high ranking member of her union making physical threats,  that she considered tossing her union card in the trash…

Yea, that’s not good for membership. That’s not good for solidarity. And, that’s certainly not good for democracy.

Take it back, Mulgrew.
#DoTheRightThing

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Ps. I paraphrased the comment. I couldn’t stomach watching the video again to get a quote. For more info,  check out Fred Klonsky’s blog here :

http://preaprez.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/the-ufts-michael-mulgrew-gets-punchy-but-only-towards-union-members-in-the-hall/

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7 thoughts on “Pissing Off Mulgrew #DoTheRightThing

  1. You are way too kind. Goony behavior hurts the image of unions & teachers everywhere. If he’s so smart, why isn’t he explaining his points in a rational manner? Pretty sure an organization this size can do better.

  2. To the Editor: Re. “Mulgrew’s pro-Core rant also cotes ‘Martians’ 8/8/2014.
    While most executives are on vacation, UFT President Michael Mulgrew is working 24/7 advocating for teachers and their students. This means keeping his fingers on the pulse of NYC schools and listening to all of its stakeholders.
    Like the former AFT/UFT President Albert Shanker, Mulgrew wants the educational standards to be held high. This means teachers must be treated with the respect and dignity the profession affords. Teachers must also receive the resources and support to ensure that attaining these goals is possible. Teachers and their leaders are not villains . Teachers are the spokes that turn the wheels of educated Americans.
    Phyllis C. Murray, UFT Teacher.

    • I agree, Phyllis. Teachers work hard and deserve respect. I am sure Mr. Mulgrew does not wish to be the villain. His comments were over the top. Surely he will show the respect and apologize for the threatening remarks. Then again, I do not know him. What are your thoughts?

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