Randi Weingarten

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Some Public School Students Will Sit Out State Tests This Week in Protest

    "These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?" Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012
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    May 20, 2012

    Teachers' Union Prez Mike Mulgrew Hit With Woodshop Sex and Blackmail Accusations

    Nothing like a quick sex scandal to spice up a beautiful Sunday afternoon. In a 73-page lawsuit filed by a Manhattan teacher, the President of the United Federation of Teachers prez Michael Mulgrew, known for his heated relationship with Bloomberg's Education Department, has been accused of having ... More >>

  • Film

    September 22, 2010

    Ignoring the Inconvenient Truths in Waiting for Superman

    Davis Guggenheim ignores too many inconvenient truths in Waiting for Superman

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    New York's House Democrats Do Teachers' Union Bidding, Face Obama Veto

    Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>

  • News

    June 1, 2010

    Black Parents vs. the Teachers' Union

    Union intransigence hits a low point

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    Weingarten Steps Down as City Teachers Union Head; Mulgrew Expected to Take Over

    Randi Weingarten is stepping down as head of the New York chapter of the United Federation of Teachers. Of course, she's also been head of the national UFT for about a year, so it's not like she didn't have her hands full. We don't know much about the man expected to replace her, UFT Vice Presiden ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2009

    Barrett: Dems Discuss Restricting Bloomberg's School Control

    Assembly Democrats discussed mayoral school control for about four and a half hours yesterday, and virtually none of the dozens of members who spoke during the closed party conference supported continuing Bloomberg's control of city schools in its present form.    Speaker Shelly Silve ... More >>

  • News

    May 13, 2009

    Bloomberg and the Teachers' Union

    It's (almost) summertime, and the Mayor's campaigning is easy. So easy, he can roll over the union this time—and should.

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2009

    Mayor, UFT Head Getting Cozy; Whither Education Reform?

    If you've read today Wayne Barrett story on Mayor Bloomberg's tendency to cut deals with the teacher's union, and why (if he's serious about school reform) he should cut it out, you may be interested in what PolitickerNY's Jason Horowitz reports about Bloomberg's mayoral control renewal campaign: he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    In his previous mayoral campaigns, Mike Bloomberg has cut deals with Randi Weingarten's teachers' union that have eased his way to victory. But they also also stiffed charter schools and thwarted any hope of a real turnaround in our school system. Wayne Barrett tells us why this could be -- and sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Bloomberg Pops Up in Rupert's Post

    As Mario Cuomo famously said, when New York Post publisher Rupert Murdoch likes a politician, he lets you know it. Back in 1982 when Cuomo was campaigning against Post favorite Ed Koch for the Democratic gubernatorial nod, he griped that when normal papers endorse a candidate  "you get one column ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Heads Up: Teacher with (Alleged) Bomb, The Bronx

    A teacher has barricaded himself in at Middle School 328, aka New Millennium Business Academy, at 1000 Teller Avenue in the Bronx. He says he has a bomb. The Post says he's "protesting the mistreatment of teachers." Cops says they don't think he really has a bomb, but we'd give the place a wide bert ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Budget Battle: Feets in the Streets Today

    Organizers are predicting the year's biggest demonstration so far late this afternoon outside City Hall. The targets are service cuts being demanded by both Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson in their respective budgets. Big turnout is expected from the teachers union, SEIU locals 32BJ and 1199, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Sheekey Diaries

    The daily schedules of Kevin Sheekey, deputy mayor for Bloombergian political ambitions, have been posted courtesy of a FOIL request and a good deed by Azi Paybarah, the NY Observer/PolitickerNY's indefatigable political watchdog. In addition to Paybarah's shrewd observations (he notes, for instance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    Bloomberg Looks at "Targeted Buyouts"; Teachers Eyed?

    Payroll is a large part of the city's budget, and it has occurred to Mayor Bloomberg that dropping some workers might effect some savings, says the New York Post. He is said to consider "targeted buyouts to thousands of longtime civilian employees." The Post doesn't say which sectors would be targe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2008

    Caroline Kennedy FTW? Complaints Grow, But CK Stays On Track

    Caroline Kennedy is getting further non-royal treatment in the press. Today it was revealed that, as a proud Democrat and New Yorker, she failed to vote in several primary elections and at least one general. At the Times, Judith Warner says Kennedy has "a bit of a blind spot when it comes to the fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Midday Mashup: Shooting, Stabbing, Suing, Etc.

    Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>

  • News

    August 27, 2008
  • Columns

    August 5, 2008

    Losing Track of Dropouts—and Successes—in New York City Schools

    DOE, City Council and Unions all fail to keep tabs on when NYC schools fail - or succede.

  • News

    August 5, 2008
  • Columns

    July 29, 2008

    Randi Weingarten and the National American Federation of Teachers: No Child Left Unhealed

    To work, a public school must be active in students' lives before and after class

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007
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    December 19, 2005

    Tick Tock Transit

    Transit union leader Roger Toussaint took time out from last-minute contract bargaining this evening to fire up his troops for what he suggested was a likely strike. "As we stand here right now, with six hours to go, things do not look good," Toussaint told a throng of several thousand members and s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2005
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    August 17, 2005

    Dems Debate: They're All Winners in the Spin Room

    After the last answer to the last question at Tuesday night's Democratic mayoral debate, folks in the audience at Jazz at Lincoln Center began getting out of their seats, even though host Dominic Carter was still speaking to a live television audience. It was like the bell had rung at the end of cla ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2004

    New York's Real Poorest

    Cops and teachers cry poverty, but it's minority day care workers who feel the pinch

  • News

    October 21, 2003

    The Underside of Bloomberg's School Reform

    How the Mayor's Top-Down Revolution Locks Out Communities

  • News

    October 14, 2003

    The Best of Bloomberg's School Reform

    How the Mayor Is Resuscitating Our Sick System

  • News

    June 17, 2003

    Fighting the Good Fight

    Amnesiac Council Battles Bloomberg, Excuses Unions

  • News

    June 3, 2003

    Prelude to a Campaign?

    Mayor Mike and Potential Foes Test Union Waters

  • News

    May 13, 2003

    Weingarten's War

    The Teacher Boss Puts Bloomberg on the 'Bad Step'

  • News

    May 6, 2003

    Way to Go, Joe

    Bruno Dumps Pataki, Sticks With Union Allies

  • News

    April 22, 2003

    Bloomberg at the Crossroads

    With a Budget That Will Define Him, Mayor Mike Pushes Pataki, Unions

  • News

    March 4, 2003

    What the Unions Can Do

    Bloomberg Could Save Millions If City Seized Slush Funds

  • News

    February 18, 2003

    Labor's 'No' to War

    A New Generation of Leaders Makes a Different Choice

  • News

    December 24, 2002
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    July 9, 2002

    Getting Away With Murder

    Pataki's Fiscal Follies Pass Unnoticed in Re-Election Fervor

  • News

    June 11, 2002

    Hip-Hop Hollas at City Hall

    But Were They Really Saying Something?

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Malloy's Mess

    Pataki, Spitzer Protect Construction Union Biggie

  • News

    December 25, 2001

    A 10-Point Plan for Bloomy

    How the Newly Elected Mayor Can Begin Reviving a Wounded City

  • News

    November 20, 2001

    Labor’s Election Day Flop

    The Union Coalition That Wasn’t

  • News

    March 27, 2001

    The Mystery Candidate

    Hevesi Separates Himself From Rudy, Attaches Himself to UFT

  • News

    December 5, 2000

    Rudy’s Lesson Plan

    Dirty Looks From City Hall as Teachers Seek a Raise

  • News

    May 18, 1999
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