But it is only the first inning.
This anti union tirade by Marcos Bretón on page B-1 of the Bee today, leaves much to be desired. I will leave aside the argument about Manny Virrael. Others have dealt with that. And, Breton may even be right. But the rest of the article is lame.
What Breton does not say - we have an economic crisis. Forty states have budget crises. Almost all of the school districts in the state have budget crises. What caused this crisis ? It was caused by the greed and avarice of the financial class on Wall Street and aided by the politicians of both major political parties.
Major banks and corporations looted the economy creating an international meltdown. The major bankers, finance capitalists in the U.S. robbed the bank last year – and the federal treasury. The Wall Street crisis crashed into main street. People lost their jobs and their houses. When they lost their jobs, they paid less taxes. So, the schools and the states are in crisis. Wall Street took hundreds of billions of dollars . The crisis was not caused by students, teachers, public employees nor recipients of social security.
Teachers, like all taxpayers, are already paying for this theft. What Breton does say. Bretón thinks that teachers should pay more through forloughs and cuts in benefits. And, he thinks he knows best. He inserts his views into the negotiations by publically condemning the teachers union and stirring up – or revealing- this intense teacher bashing exposed in the comments on the story. Some people, like Steve Poizner, blame immigrants for the economic crisis. Breton blames teachers unions. In both cases it is scapegoating rather than looking at the evidence.
For a second opinion, please read the Grand Jury Report issued today. Here. full grand jury report, http://www.sacgrandjury.org/
The Grand Jury report completely buys the position of the new Superintendent, without much evidence to support this position. They should have been more investigative. But, at least, the report describes the problem in a less anti union manner. It describes the real economic issues facing the district.