1. recall all their union officers, replacing them with people who are worth a darn, and
2. go on strike.
I'm hard pressed to see how going on strike would yield results worse than their union has bargained for on their behalf:
Cobo Center filled with a chorus of boos and chants of "No, No, No" Sunday afternoon as Detroit Public School teachers reviewed a tentative contract that will subtract $250 out of each paycheck, or $500 a month.
The money will be given to the district to help plug a $219 million deficit, and it will be returned when they retire... (boldface mine--Darren)
But union leaders say the best offers already are on the table and warned of dire consequences if the deal is defeated.
"Your pay will drastically be reduced and more than 1,500 members will lose their jobs," (union president) Johnson said.
Despite the overwhelming verbal no vote, union officials insist they will not change their original strategy in the next two weeks to try to sway the vote...
(Union Executive Vice President) O'Keefe said the district was asking for concessions that would amount to an average cost of about $51,319 per member. "That's money they'd never get back," he said. "What we're saying is take away $10,000 at zero interest, which we understand they don't like, but at least they'll eventually get it back"...
But Johnson issued an ultimatum. "Please be aware: If this ratification is turned down, and this district declares bankruptcy, seniority is gone, longevity is gone, oversized class payments are gone," he said.
Detroit may very well be doomed.