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Union head opposes Detroit
selling art to pay off debts

Washington Examiner [DC], by Sean Higgins

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/5/2013 7:52:21 AM

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said she was opposed to Detroit selling off its renowned museum art collection, which is valued at $1 billion to $2 billion, to help pay down the bankrupt city´s estimated $18 billion in debt. She said the collection should be kept since it would be a cultural boon to the city once it does recover. "Detroit can be a jewel (again) in that state. I would caution against selling the kind of assets that that art collection is," she told the Washington Examiner during a Wednesday morning breakfast with reporters hosted by

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 12/5/2013 8:19:10 AM     (No. 9641055)

Hey randi ..good catch , yer museum guard´s union buds would be outta luck .. Good catch , hon. Detroit , the city of unintended consequence....

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 12/5/2013 8:49:25 AM     (No. 9641096)

I´m sure the residents of the broken down, crack-laced, rat-infested, scummed over cesspool will miss their Picasso, or Van Gough. s/o

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Reply 3 - Posted by: US Veteran, 12/5/2013 8:54:49 AM     (No. 9641113)

People living high on the hog on someone elses money while not paying their own bills.

Typical DEMOCRAT LIBERAL M.O.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/5/2013 9:05:59 AM     (No. 9641134)

I don´t think for one second the funds obtained from the sale of it´s art is going to be used to save the city.
The fat cats at the top want one last payday before the ´broken city´ bites the dust.
Communist democrat leadership will always take the money and run with their cronies. Besides the unions don´t want to take a hit for this bankruptcy.
They´re not through cleaning the coffers out.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/5/2013 9:19:11 AM     (No. 9641162)

Union members are experiencing a feeding frenzy in the bid of the masterpiece work of C. M. Coolidge....the dogs and cats sitting round the table playing poker. Certainly, a must have this epiphany.


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Reply 6 - Posted by: EnsignO, 12/5/2013 9:22:25 AM     (No. 9641167)

Ms. Weingarten´s DFT (Detroit Federation of Teachers)is one of many reasons for the decline of Detroit. Add the AFL-CIO, the UAW, and other unions plus add Democrat mayors and City Council Members. All of them were greedy. Although I don´t have any proof, the "mob" had a hand in there, too. The auto industry shouldn´t have caved to union demands either, so that makes them culpable also. All of the above groups are complicit in the death of Detroit.

The writing was on the wall, IMHO, in the Detroit Riots of 1967. That, too, could have been prevented, but some overzealous police carried an arrest in a black neighborhood too far. I don´t remember who the police commissioner was at the time, but before the riots some better training might have helped.

Bottom line, IMO, was that the city fathers weren´t prepared for the influx of people - mainly blacks- who were not mainstreamed into society as they came North to work in the auto plants or associated industries.

The teacher´s union didn´t help - believe me - I was a teacher in a city not too far from Detroit. We were forced as teachers to join one or the other two teacher´s unions (the EA or the FT). I didn´t want to belong to either. That didn´t matter once the FT became the bargaining agent for salaries and hiring. Ultimately all teachers in my city had to become FT members. This happened between 1967 and 1971. At that point I quit teaching. Now after 36 years in business I substitute, but wild horses couldn´t make me want a full-time job in the public schools.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/5/2013 9:27:23 AM     (No. 9641173)

Weingarten states that New York didn´t sell its assets off, and it oozes life. She doesn´t credit New York´s recovery to its real savior.

The main reason New York is "oozing life" are the policies of Rudy Giuliani, who made a valiant effort to cut crime and the welfare rolls.

Beware, because the talk is that Randi wants to be the chancellor of New York schools under deBlasio.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 12/5/2013 9:38:16 AM     (No. 9641194)

Like every other slacker debtor, "I want to keep my Mercedes that I bought with the money I didn´t have."

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Felixcat, 12/5/2013 9:47:55 AM     (No. 9641217)

Detroit to me is like North Korea - if overnight a nuclear bomb was dropped and the places obliterated - would anyone notice the next morning?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Mr. Hanky, 12/5/2013 9:56:03 AM     (No. 9641238)

Fine. Then we´ll just take it out of your pensions.

Idiot.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pepperblue, 12/5/2013 10:08:11 AM     (No. 9641264)

I wonder if she has an Obama phone or two. Artwork will not entice businesses or people to live in Detroit.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Doctor P, 12/5/2013 1:17:55 PM     (No. 9641560)

Perhaps it would be good of her, and her ilk, to offer to pay for the difference instead. All acceptable offers will be considered.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: harper, 12/5/2013 3:38:06 PM     (No. 9641757)

"...She said the collection should be kept since it would be a cultural boon to the city once it does recover."

They said the same thing about the art on the Titanic.

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