(Mensaje se repite en Español)
Josh Pechthalt's career has always come before the teachers he supposedly has a fiduciary duty to defend. But when it comes to union leadership at the local, state, and national levels, regrettably this is not exceptional.
Back on July 7, 2011 I drafted the following email to UTLA's Josh Pechthalt to memorialize issues that he and I had talked about, which that had come up during the process of LAUSD's move to fire me based on clearly fabricated charges. The real reason was that I was a whistle blower who had reported to the L.A. Times Reporter Mitchell Landsberg that LAUSD was graduating and giving valid diplomas to students with low elementary school levels in Math and English, whose CAHSEEs had clearly been fixed.
While all this was going on my union UTLA refused to defend me, unless I went with their attorneys Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad. They did agree to come up with $15,000...but only if I went to their attorneys Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad and not an attorney of my own choice.
Josh Pechthalt kept saying he would get back to me on the issues I was raising, memorialized back in 2011 in the following email. But as of this writing almost 5 years later, I have heard nothing from Josh Pechthalt or anybody else at UTLA. So after reading the following, you must ask yourself a question: Do you really want to give the morally challenged folks running UTLA, CFT, AFT, and CTA as their own cash cow more dues, when it is clear that they have and continue to do nothing to stop the premediated attack on teachers, over 90% of whom are at the top of the salary scale.