Seniority is for people; “LIFO” is for inventory. Get it straight.
Let’s do something small, but immediate.
We are defending seniority. We are teachers, and are people.
Using the phrase “Last in – First out” is wrong in two ways.
- It is a phrase from accounting, and it applies to inventory, not people. It is demeaning to use in this context. We are people, not an order of spark plugs from 3 months ago.
- It is pronounced LIFO (life-oh), intentionally promoting the lie that tenure, which gives us due process, is some sort of lifetime appointment.
Let’s call seniority seniority, and stop directing insulting, dehumanizing language against hard-working teachers. And for those of you in favor of good education and against the Mayor’s plans for harming public education in New York City, let’s be triply careful not to adopt his insulting language.
By the way, this issues only plays out in case of lay-offs. Shouldn’t the Mayor be busy working on averting lay-offs?