Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Mulgrew and Adams Are BFFs

 I was reading the Politico article how Mike Mulgrew and Mayor Adams have formed some type of "alliance." That's nice. I understand politics. Mulgrew has to make nice. Adams has to make nice. As long as we get a decent raise come September and the Medicare (Dis)advantage dies a slow death I don't care. But I am not optimistic. Mulgrew tends to get played too often.

One thing that did catch my eye was this...

“We’re not in a battle with the teachers union,” Adams said on CNN last month. “We are [in] lockstep… I speak to Michael Mulgrew three times a day.”

Three times a day? Good God they're BFFs. Like two teenage girls they speak on the phone every day.

Thanks to the intrepid work of The Crack Team we here at SBSB were able to not only listen in on one of the besties phone calls but transcribe it as well.

Adams: Hello?

Mike: Eric!!! I got wonderful news!!

Adams: What news? 

Mike: I got two tickets with backstage passes to see Harry Styles at Madison Square Garden tonight!!

Adams: Oh! My! God! I think Harry is just dreamy.

Mike: I know! I have goosebumps!

Adams: And who are you taking?

Mike: Well, I haven't thought of it yet. I just got the tickets.

Adams: You know I am Harry's number 1 fan.

Mike: No, I am! (Giggling)

Adams: No, I am! (Giggling)

Mike: Oh silly. I am taking you. Who else would I take?

Adams: (screeches with joy)

Mulgrew: Now, we have to coordinate what we are going to wear. We'll look like dorks if we wear the same outfit.

Adams: I know. But I am too giddy to even think about it.

Mike: Don't forget to bring your Harry Styles Official Dream Scrapbook.

Adams: Oh, I shan't. I have it right here next to me.

Mike: Me too!

Adams: I am bringing my official Harry Styles autograph pen so he can sign my scrap book.

Mulgrew: Oh stop! I am too!

Adams and Mulgrew (At same time): WE THINK EXACTLY ALIKE!!! (Both Giggle) 

Mike: Okay, I got to go and get ready. 

Adams: Me too!

Mike: Ok, bye.

Adams: Bye.

Mike: Bye.

Adams: Bye.

Mike: You hang up first.

Adams: No, you hang up.

Mike: No, you.

Adams: You.

Mike: No, you.

Adams: You

Mike: You hang up

Adams: No you.

And on it went over who would hang up first. Well over two hours. They never did get to the Harry Styles concert. Hopefully contract negotiations won't be the same as who would hang up first.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Why You Should Vote for Camille Eterno

 This is not going to be a wordy post. Just want to get right to the point. 

I could go on an on about how Camille Eterno will be there for the members of the UFT. I can write how she has outstanding knowledge of the UFT and all the issues that will encompass being president of the union. That it is a given that Camille will roll her her sleeves and do the hard work necessary to be an effective leader of the union.

But just, if not more importantly,is the type of person Camille is.

Most of my interactions with Camille have been at an ICE meeting at a dinner in Manhattan. Camille is passionate about what issues we face as teachers and the lack of support we get from the UFT. When she speaks, she commands the listeners, but not by being hyperbolic, animated, or any drama. She comes across as serene and cool yet amazingly strong. This is what the UFT is missing and so desperately needs. 

With Camille we can be assured of having a true leader of the UFT. A leader who will be there for the rank and file and we will have a President, not some Overlord.