August 19, 2014


UFT Steps on PBA Toes

By Richard Steier

United Federation of Teachers President Mike Mulgrew has established himself as a shoot-from-the-hip type of individual, so his decision to co-sponsor the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Staten Island march this Saturday in protest of the death of Eric Garner wasn’t that shocking.

But it was bound to raise the hackles of Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch, who in a letter to the New York Post called it “disgraceful” and excoriated Mr. Mulgrew for deciding to “waste his members’ dues to get involved with a march that has nothing to do with teachers or his union.”

The UFT for years has had a working relationship with the Reverend Al. Until now, however, it didn’t entail the kind of collaborations that would infuriate the PBA as this one does.

Mr. Lynch asked how the UFT head would feel if cops joined with the activists “who oppose his efforts to shield bad teachers and undermine effective charter schools.”

This feud will only intensify if the march becomes a forum for police-bashing.