Do you want to buy what Leo's selling?
I know I don't.
I remember when he sold us on the '05 contract that created the ATR pool and I remember when he defended the Teacher Data Report deal Randi made with the DOE and assured us that the data would never be used against teachers.
How'd those deals work out?
Then I remember how he assured us the APPR system would be collectively bargained in each district so we wouldn't have to worry about it and could safely ignore the criticism of the APPR system coming from naysayers like Carol Burris and Diane Ravitch.
Now he tells us that binding arbitration, as decided by the governor (otherwise known as "management"), is a swell kind of collective bargaining and that anybody who doesn't think so just doesn't understand the concept of "collective bargaining."
Anybody wanna buy some of that land Leo's selling?
As I wrote earlier on another Assailed Teacher post:
Leo Casey is full of shit. As chief propagandist for the UFT, his job is to get you and I to think his shit is roses. He can try to jazz up his shit with jargon and legalese and, my personal favorite, that condescending tone of “Son, you don’t know what collective bargaining is…” crap, but the truth is Casey is still full of shit and the crap he’s selling us hasn’t turned to flowers despite his efforts.
They’ve given management the right to impose any system they want on us. That’s the reality, no matter what shit Casey is slinging.
Perhaps it’s the lapsed Catholic in me, but I really hold contempt for people who spend their lives lying to other people to fool them into thinking up is down, war is peace and surrender is victory. And that’s Casey’s JOB – to pull the wool over people’s eyes and fool them into thinking the various UFT sell-outs and concessions are in their best interests.
Just ask the ATR’s how Casey’s assurances over the odious ’05 contract worked out. Or ask the 4th-8th grade math and ELA teachers who had their names and ratings printed in the paper (complete with 52% margin of error) how Casey’s assurances over the Teacher Data Reports worked out.
Leo Casey’s the perfect emblem for a corrupt union leadership that serves its own interests and only its own interests. You should believe NOTHING he says, ever – not even the words “is” and “was”.
Close the door on him, send him back out into the rain, send him back to the UFT/AFT boiler room.
You don't want to buy what Lyin' Leo Casey's selling you.