Social media outrage brings down anti-union Kenneth Cole billboard.

The billboard, featuring a woman exposing a lot of cleavage combined with an attack on teacher unions may have baffled some. But it pissed off enough people that Kenneth Cole, the sponsor of the sign, is taking it down.

The outrage on blogs, Twitter and Facebook proved too much for the shoe monger.

This weekend teachers and advocates responded, in a flurry of posts on Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, and a petition 600 signatures strong, calling for a boycott of Cole’s clothing company. Even national union leader Randi Weingarten waded into the fray with Twitter posts criticizing the company, which is headed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s brother-in-law.

The company has now responded. This afternoon, Kenneth Cole Productions used Twitter to send a public message to the creator of the petition, a D.C. teacher-turned-activist, Sabrina Stevens Shupe, that it plans to remove the billboard.

“We misrepresented the issue – one too complex for a billboard – and are taking it down,” the company posted from its Twitter account, @KennethCole.

It wasn’t all that complex. Good work Sabrina!

It’s a cold day. No school. But I didn’t get the call. Update.

Chicago’s actual temperature (not the wind chill) was -12 this morning. In the suburbs it was down to -24. Yesterday, my district closed schools out of concern for safety of students and employees coming and going to school. The call yesterday came at 5:30 AM.

Schools were closed again today. But I never got the call. Yep. That’s right. They forgot to call the union president. 

Luckily I have lots of Facebook friends who posted that they were off today. So I checked the district’s web site and discovered we have a five day weekend.

Love Facebook! But as for administration? They forgot to call the union president. Who else did they forget to call? I’ll find out. Count on it.


Got a e-mail today from administration saying the machine shows they left a voice mail message. Can’t argue with the machine. Can’t even file a grievance against a machine. Maybe it was an att problem. As Barack would say, now it’s time to look forward and not dwell on the past. So, I guess they’ll be no investigation into the no-call-to-the-union-president-that-it’s-a-snow-day issue.