So it seems that David Jimenez has finally rigged the chapter leader election at Manhattan Center. The new chapter leader is David Musalik. This is an open letter to him.
Congratulations of your victory. I hope you know what you’re in for as chapter leader. I can almost predict with certainty that Jimenez is going to start an all out assault on some of the more veteran teachers that YOU NOW REPRESENT. While you have been tucked away under the wing of Jimenez I have gotten to see first hand on what you will experience. It is a war in our schools and principals are taking no prisoners. Understand this David Jimenez is not your friend. The year I was running for UFT chapter leader Jimenez stopped by the dean’s office and noted it will be good to have you on my side. As Chapter Leader there is only one side your chapter.
I leave you with the Aseop fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion is trying to talk a frog into giving him a lift to get to the other side of the pond. The frog continually refused, but the scorpion is persistent. Finally, the frog said, “I will give you a lift if you promise not to sting me. ” The scorpion agreed and hopped on the frog’s back. Half way across the pond the scorpion stung the frog. As the frog slowly died he looked at the scorpion and asked “why?” The scorpion replied” it’s in my nature to sting my prey.”
Remember this fable as you deal with Jimenez and think of all the close friends he has stung. Rubio, Pepin and Pena to name a few.