Sadly, as one of my friends wrote me this morning: This "[I]s the day the UJC senior management get to keep their full pay and benefits and 31 people get to lose theirs" at UJC. She concluded -- "Shameful." And so it is. But, tragically, "shameful" could be the descriptive for so much at UJC -- the willingness to sacrifice great professionals young and old rather than focus, engage and join with the federations in common purpose that might have continued full funding; a refusal by lay leadership to challenge destructive management practices; and on and on.
Friends, we...all of us...share responsibility for this latest round of terminations. We have been the enablers, we have stood on the sidelines watching the organization's slide into irrelevance. Many of us have patted this leadership on the back offering unquestioning support rather than the tough love it has so desperately needed. To this leadership your...our...pats on the back, our utterances of "isn't it a shame," have been the "loopholes" through which the current leaders have driven the bus straight and non-stop toward oblivion. So the shame is also on those of us who have saluted the Emperor in his New Clothes and who have condemned those who have criticized the same leaders for their continuing stream of failures that have brought us to this day as "out of touch," "undermining," "treasonous." Yep, it's those who have criticized fault. I wonder who is really out of touch? Really.
I wish all of those who will lose their positions today -- professionals and staff -- Godspeed. It did not have to be this way for all of you, perhaps, for any of you.