There has been a lot of back and forth about the election of Rob Panning-Miller
as the president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and what it all means
for differing views of unionism. Panning-Miller defeated long-time incumbent
Louise Sundin, generally regarded as one of the leaders of new unionism.The Minneapolis Star
Tribune interviewed Panning-Miller and his words threw more light on (or
maybe muddled) the discussion. The printed interview is fine, but listen to the
audio segments linked on the same page. Panning-Miller makes it clear he is an
old unionist, but also a "new new unionist," or what some have called "social
justice unionists." Check out this page from the Rethinking
Schools web site for all the distinctions -- Panning-Miller obviously has.At
any rate, it's going to be an interesting year for Minneapolis school
administrators, at least until Panning-Miller becomes part of the establishment.
However, perhaps he only reserves that for NEA members.... he seems to be more kindly to AFT affiliates. It almost seems like he is oh....supportive of him?