The union strikes back!

The union strikes back!

Despite my previous formidable defense of teachers, apparently I’m off the GEA’s Christmas Card list. For all you non-Genevans, the GEA is the Geneva teachers union. And don’t worry, I won’t lose any sleep over it.
Already un-thrilled with my Patch open letter to the teachers, they were even less thrilled when I caught folks emptying Heartland Elementary School into a U-Haul at 9:40 p.m. last Thursday night – at the very same time the union was supposedly negotiating in good faith.
While it did turn out to be a teacher and her husband, I didn’t know that for a fact until a week later. When I didn’t recognize the pair that night and they bolted with classroom lights still blazing, I dialed 911 and the ensuing “chase” was so slow it made the O. J. thing look like Starsky and Hutch.
I simply got the license numbers, gave them to the 911 operator, and got out of the way as soon as the police arrived. I’ve provided the very same public service in respect to a drunk driver.
Throughout the entire process, my basic premise was, while something suspicious needed to be addressed, and yes, there might be a story, it would be best to avoid any kind of public confrontation. That’s why we have police officers.
Despite the fact that I was acting on my own, the GEA went to Patch in a not-so-transparent effort to get me fired. Little do they know that happens to me at least once a month and I wouldn’t be doing my job if it didn’t.
With no luck there, at the behest of the union, I’m sure, this teacher moved on to the Kane County Chronicle where they tried to portray me as a ruthless barbarian intent on chasing down hapless teachers and running them off the road in the middle of the night. Why, this teacher even had the nerve to say I pulled a “maneuver” which pretty much consisted of me moving into the left lane.
So Brenda Schory called me last night to say this teacher “got a hold of her” and then, doing her best impersonation of my sainted, deceased mother, proceeded to explain what a cad I really was. Sadly, Ms. Schory’s efforts to get a rise out of me were for naught. I Basically said if I saw the same thing again, I’d do the same thing again.
What’s worse is, if it was Brenda who saw what I saw that night, trust me, she would’ve followed the pair all the way home. Apparently there’s more than enough disingenuousness to go around on this one.
I’ve previously called out the Chronicle – and specifically Brenda – for not doing their job and I’ve complimented them as well. The editorial they wrote as the teachers were about to walk was excellent (nice job Al), but far too often, they take the middle of the road. And just like the teachers, some folks choose only to remember the negative.
It was clear that Brenda was having a really good time exacting her pound of flesh and even I will admit there was a certain karmic element to it. Walking in the other guy’s shoes is never a worthless endeavor.
I did consider laughing and hanging up, but when you consider that I insist that subjects speak to me, I thought clamming up would be a little disingenuous – kind of like emptying a classroom at 9:40 at night before you know there’s a strike.
And even though I’ve been down that road before, it was fascinating to be on the other end of it again. Brenda does do the interrogation thing pretty well (when she wants to), but I’m even better. On the other hand, Brenda has proven to be far more adept at shifting the facts to fit her hypothesis.
You won’t see my gleaming visage in the Chronicle today (I checked), and they may not even run the story, but I’m praying that they do (they can even spell my name wrong) because, having recently forced the Daily Herald to come clean, I’m looking forward to another challenge.
This particular “incident” just happens to fall squarely into Barnum’s no bad publicity theorem. So buckle your seatbelts folks we’re only getting started! The Chronicle may buy ink by the barrel, but so do I!

One thought on “The union strikes back!

  1. . . . I think you missed out by NOT premising this piece by saying that while you read this, have the Darth Vader theme playing in your head . . That would have added a Theatrical element to this piece . . .

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