Alonso, Gittings bet over bourbon
I would've liked to be a fly on the wall at Friday's meeting between Dr. Alonso and Jimmy Gittings, head of the city schools' administrators union. Their public exchanges are always so engaging. They met Friday about Gittings' concerns over Alonso's proposed organizational chart for next year. In particular, Gittings says the federal stimulus money was supposed to prevent the job cuts that Alonso is proposing. And he is furious that the administrators in the new support networks would not be affiliated with a union. He contends that everyone in the system except Alonso, HR director JoAnne Koehler and a handful of others should be in a union. Alonso disagrees. So they bet: over a fifth of the premium bourbon Woodford Reserve. Not sure how it will be determined who wins, but Gittings says he's willing to go to the state's highest court if necessary (not really for the booze, of course, for the principle).
He also says they'll be meeting again on Thursday, this time with lawyers.