I think I like the idea of union leadership made up of full time teachers not lounge lizards screwing around on their ipads all day and flitting to different corners of the state for meetings where the refuse to answer questions. Doesn't PJSTA President Beth Dimino still teach? I think we need that connection and we need leadership's neck on the same block as the rest of us. Messner, Magoo, Palotta, Weingarten et al are useless. They work to fatten their own wallets and feather their own nests. They have no skin in our game. And that's a huge problem that leads to a lot of cowardly collaboration in place of bare knuckled unionism. No more executives, managers, coasters and loafers. The job is too damned important to be filled with idlers and dead weight.
Sean's got something here.
With no skin in the game, teachers union leaders think nothing of selling out the membership, then coming back to tell them that's the best they can do in such an adverse environment.
Why should the union leaders care when they've got their six digit salaries, double pensions, paid expense accounts and all the other perks that come with these plum gigs?