The Syracuse Teachers Association representative assembly impeached president Karen Fruscello on Wednesday. Details of the proceeding were not released.
According to published reports, Fruscello’s main transgression was ordering an audit and investigation without board approval after learning another STA officer was visiting pornographic web sites on the office computer. If that seems a slim reed upon which to base an impeachment, well, that’s all we know.
The STA representative assembly, composed of union officers and building stewards, was provided with information to which we were not, so I am inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt. It does seem, however, that it is getting awfully easy to remove democratically elected presidents of AFT locals.
It happened in Detroit, Palm Beach County (FL), Orange County (FL), Oregon, Dearborn (MI) and now we have the NYSUT president being eased out. None of these ousters, it should be noted, involved mismanagement of funds or other criminal offenses that would normally be the trigger for extreme measures.
It’s good to be emperor, but it’s still wise to keep your eye on the Praetorian Guard.