By John R. Alston Trotter, EdD, JD
Sometimes people ask me what is the difference in MACE and the other teacher unions in Georgia. They ask: “What can MACE do for a teacher that the other teacher unions don’t do?” These are fair questions, and I have been answering them for the last 18 years. So, let me offer the following thoughts for those teachers who may be new to Georgia.
Dr. John Trotter, circa 2003.
The mantra at MACE is simple and direct: You cannot have good learning conditions until you first have good teaching conditions. We have found that not a single politician, policy-maker, educrat, school board member, or snoopervising administrator can dispute this mantra, but like mindless boobs they continue to try to improve public education by attacking classroom educators. This is indeed mindless and unconscionable. At MACE, we don’t play. We devour petty, insecure, myopic, and angry administrators who abuse teachers.
I remember when we founded MACE in 1995 that the administrators were immediately afraid of MACE. There was an attorney for the DeKalb County Board of Education who stated: “MACE terrorizes the principals!” We are now completing our 18th year, and our message has not changed one scintilla. We continue to legally terrorize those administrators who seem to gleefully terrorize teachers. Once these abusive administrators find out that the teacher is a MACE Member, they suddenly change their direction. We say: “They suddenly get religion.” Although our membership is strictly confidential, there comes a time when you want your administrator to know that you are a Member of MACE and are protected by MACE!
The other organizations (AFT, GAE, PAGE) talk a good game, but their walk is different from their talk. In Georgia, everyone knows that the most aggressive and feared teachers union is MACE, by far. One of our aggressive attorneys just defended a MACE Member in Hart County and kicked ass for her. In fact, Vivian Morgan, the reporter for the Hartwell Sun newspaper, called me and stated: “Lowell Chatham [the MACE attorney] was phenomenal!” The teacher still has her job. MACE Attorney Chatham also recently defended a Clayton County teacher in a four-day hearing. The teacher won his case and is still teaching in Clayton County! MACE protects and empowers classroom educators…one MACE Member at a time.