June 11, 2010
Remember that time when we caught the teachers union prompting City Council members with cue cards? Barraged with criticism, then-union president Randi Weingarten said she regretted the lobbying tactic and pledged on television to “make some changes in the union.”
I never figured out what the changes were — until today. After the incident, Marvin Reiskin, the union’s political director, retired. He was due to leave at the end of the year, anyway, but the retirement happened a month or so earlier, my source told me. His replacement was Ireland native and former teacher Paul Egan.
There were other changes, too. Now, political moves can’t happen unilaterally. A new chain of command dictates who needs to approve certain actions.