ATRs, the unrepresented -- no elected representatives in the UFT

"The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.
"To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to the will of another."
Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government


WE ARE ALL ATRs

WE ARE ALL ATRs

Friday, June 21, 2013

ACRs/ATRs -6/26/13 - New Time - emergency meeting in Brooklyn, location

ACRs/ATRs are holding an emergency meeting in downtown Brooklyn,
open to all excessed DOE staff being United Federation of Teachers, UFT members, (guidance counselors, social workers Absent Counselor Reserve, ACRs, teachers, librarians, Absent Teacher Reserve, ATRs), regardless of borough.

NEW TIME:
Hold Wednesday June 26, 4:00 for the meeting on the final day of the New York City DOE 2012-2013 school year.

Park Plaza Diner, 220 Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights

Contact: saferatr@gmail.com -- RSVP preferred
(ATR Chapter Committee)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Train the ATRs - Don’t Tread on the ATRs!



WHY DO PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND THE UFT LET ACRS/ATRS LANGUISH?
 

NEW  TECHNOLOGIES  AND  EVALUATIONS  ARE  UNDERWAY;  EXCESSED  TEACHERS HAVE  BEEN  SHUT  OUT  OF  ESSENTIAL  NEW  TRAINING!

Bloomberg has shut down schools; he has squeezed new schools into other schools. In each case, teachers, counselors and librarians are booted into weekly rotation in the Absent Teacher Reserve.

·       Unfair to committed employees that have given their careers to working in schools, sometimes in the more challenging schools.
·        Unfair to students as they are deprived consistent service by familiar faces, as class sizes rise to record levels, and many students go without a regular counselor or librarian. 
Training?   Locked out   

New teaching technologies are in use / New standards, the controversial Common Core, are used throughout the curriculum / New evaluations are under-way, yet:

·        DOE alienates excessed ACRs/ATRs; UFT fails these UFT members.
·        The DOE and the private, unaccountable CFNs shut us out of these trainings, or only selectively announce them,  while ATRs frequently cover teachers who leave their classes for training.
·         The UFT stonewalls while many ATRs appeal to them for better access to training.

 
Hiring?   Locked out    


The UFT agreed to ending the seniority transfer and weekly rotations, which expanded to include counselors and social workers in fall, 2012.
The DOE/UFT defend rotation, saying that principals get to learn about ACRs/ATRs. Yet, the DOE’s “Fair funding formula” means that principals have disincentives to hire pricier veteran teachers. They place new hires instead.
The DOE’s and the THSC’s job fairs are selectively announced; when in-service teachers do learn of them registration is very complicated with new accounts and passwords to create.

ACRs/ATRs – Disenfranchised, dues without representation

800 – 1,400  ATRs have no elected representativesThe UFT refuses to discuss remedying this.


Train the ATRs - Don’t Tread on
the ATRs!      

   
Contact elected public officials: go to
atrnyc.blogspot.com for email links to Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Robert Jackson, and city council members.

Email these top UFT officers: Michael Mulgrew, mmulgrew@uft.org and Leroy Barr, lbarr@uft.org and the appointed representative Amy Arundell aarundell@uft.org


ATR Chapter Committee saferatr@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Don’t Tread on the ATRs! Contact Public Officials to help the ACRs/ATRs

Support the ATRs! Email these elected officials and UFT officials. 

Contact these local public officials:

Public Advocate:
Bill de Blasio's official site: http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/contact-us
Email: GetHelp@pubadvocate.nyc.gov
Address: 1 Centre Street, 15th Floor New York, NY 10007

Comptroller:
John Liu's official site: http://comptroller.nyc.gov/disclaimers.shtm:
Email: action@comptroller.nyc.gov
Address:
Community Action Center
1 Centre Street, Room 835
New York, NY 10007

New York City Council Education Committee Chair:
Robert Jackson: http://council.nyc.gov/d7/html/members/home.shtml
Email: rjackson@council.nyc.gov
Address: 250 Broadway Rm. 1747 New York, NY 10007

All New York City Council Members

Council District map:

Email these top UFT officers: Michael Mulgrew, mmulgrew@uft.org and Leroy Barr, lbarr@uft.org and the appointed representative Amy Arundell, aarundell@uft.org