The next period of time thus looks like it is going to be a very rough one for Detroit teacher unionism and teachers’ rights.
Johnson and Weingarten’s treachery is completely responsible for the demoralization of the membership that led to this defeat. The 1222 members who voted represent less than one-third, and possibly as little as one-fourth, of the union’s current membership. This is a record low turnout for the DFT! (It is impossible to even get an accurate DFT membership count anymore)
The cornerstone of Johnson’s strategy is always to try to convince teachers that fighting is hopeless, and that all we can do is beg this or that judge or politician, or even the EM/EFM for crumbs.
Nothing could be further from the truth, of course. With public school districts across the state beginning to fight back against Snyder’s latest plans, and with the EAA so thoroughly exposed as a sham, Detroit teachers are in an excellent position to play a leading role in a major new wave of struggle that could win real victories for the defense of public education and civil rights.
But union struggle and union victory are meaningless words without the kinds of things that EON / BAMN campaigned on — strikes and actions in the streets, and the DFT joining the growing new civil rights movement.
The young people of Detroit who have joined BAMN have been winning battle after battle recently in the building of that movement, most importantly around the defense of affirmative action.
We urge Detroit teachers to join with the young people, beginning this Friday, December 7, at a civil rights march and mass meeting in Ann Arbor, demanding that the University of Michigan take advantage of BAMN’s recent federal court victory, and reinstate its affirmative action programs immediately.
A mass meeting will begin at the UM Union Ballroom at 9:30 am and the rally will start at noon on the Diag.
We urge you to attend!
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