Here is today's installment of Public schools vs billionaires: Vergara v California, with an emphasis on teachers unions this time around. Please go here for the back story and previous posts. My sources have been keeping me updated, so please feel free to share a story that deserves more attention.
Yesterday there was testimony for Joe Boyd, the executive director of the Teachers Association of Long Beach.
The plaintiffs were desperate to find someone to confirm their argument, so they asked Boyd the following question:
“And you don’t know how often Long Beach Unified has refrained from seeking to dismiss a tenured teacher for unsatisfactory performance because of the costs and time required to dismiss him or her pursuant to the dismissal statutes; correct?
When Boyd responded, “I believe I do,” there was no audible gulp from the plaintiffs’ lawyers. Even though this is the crux of their case – that districts avoid removing teachers because of time and money – they didn't want to no the answer to this question.
Boyd’s response: “Never.”
Yesterday the case also took an anti- teachers union turn. We've known all along that this is an anti-union trial. But it was on full display when they began cross-examining Boyd. They asked him about his salary and the California Teachers Association. What does his salary have to do with teachers dismissals? Nothing. And the judge pointed that out.
The plaintiffs' lawyers regularly roll their eyes in court. They're often quite rude, but it went to new levels when they snickered during the testimony of Danette Brown, an elementary school teacher in La Habra.
Think about that. An elementary school teacher is testifying in court. That has to be unnerving enough, to say the least. And the high-priced lawyers, in fancy schmancy suits who went to top-tier law schools, sit there and laugh at her as she testifies. Very Mean Girly, very intimidating, very unprofessional.
They also brought up a strike that she participated in. Hold on, okay, what does the strike have to do with this? Why are they bringing up the legal right to strike during a case that has nothing to do with that? Why, here's the answer now!
They want to paint unions as the bad guys. Oooo, teachers unions bad! They do stuff like protect workers rights and vote Democratic. But they're being called the villains.