National Solidarity, Forever (and Blind) – Coming to Providence
GoLocalProv reports exclusively.
The American Federation of Teachers is poised to unroll a $1 million to $2 million ad campaign to fight Providence Mayor Angel Taveras over the mass terminations of city teachers, sources tell GoLocalProv.
The substantial media buy could escalate a standoff that has already seized the national spotlight, making Rhode Island one of the key battlegrounds between unions and budget hawks determined to rein in deficits and unfunded pension liabilities.
“Unions will fight this war on as many fronts as they have to, regardless of whether it’s their ‘home turf,’” said Jennifer Duffy, a senior editor at The Cook Political Report. “This is a battle about survival to them. It’s just that fundamental.”
People, repeat after me: We’re dead broke.
By the way, note the re-emergence of a certain long lost political consultant.
Guy Dufault, a retired publicist who has worked with labor unions, said the situation could escalate into an all-out PR war. “There’s no question the wholesale terminations were an attack on unions. You can’t deny that,” Dufault told GoLocalProv. “From a precedent-setting standpoint, if these terminations are then turned around and used to get rid of senior teachers, I think it would be war.”
Unfortunately, he forgot to update his talking points before coming out of retirement.
He said the real fight is between the haves and the have nots—rich Republicans and the workers the unions represent.
That’s rich! Keep talking, Guy; you’re a real asset … to somebody, anyway.