Archive for December 2nd, 2005

2nd December
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, December 2, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

For two-and-a-half years Gotham’s teachers worked without a contract, as their union leaders struggled with the mayor and chancellor over terms for the new pact. The teachers were looking for a raise while the administration wanted to remove work rules that it claimed prevented the proper administration of the schools. As the mayor’s re-election campaign entered the final stretch, a politically expedient agreement was reached.

Both parties declared victory at a now memorable press conference that featured Chancellor Klein planting a kiss on the top of union boss Randi Weingarten’s head. But as the details now emerge it is clear that the union has, once again, outmaneuvered the mayor, who has no one but the chancellor to blame. (more…)