Next Time, I Won’t Be Pre-Outraged
Seemingly because of Bobby Oliveira’s attempts to talk some sense into the NEA’s Pat Crowley (I know!), the Tiverton teachers’ union moved its planned picket from the hospital at which School Committee Chairwoman Denise DeMedeiros works to the superintendent’s office.
Maybe next time, we on the other side shouldn’t forecast our outrage so explicitly. So let me just say, in advance, that I think burning effigies of the school committee on the football field would be very tasteful. Effective, too.
Here’s a thought: If Crowley truly wants to advance the negotiations, rather than play the role of hardcore unionist, he could fall on his sword as the bad cop. Alternately, the teachers could give him a push.
That would send a clear message that the union is more interested in coming to an equitable resolution, rather than flexing its muscles in a bear hug.