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
Friday, May 30, 2014
The beginning of the article describes the fast-track expedited dealing with targeted ATRs:
Principal removal of ATR after assignment. Under the proposed contract a principal (not the teacher) has the complete discretion to return a teacher to the ATR pool. If the return is based on “problematic behavior,” defined as “behavior that is inconsistent with the expectations established for professionals working in school.” An ATR accused in two writings within two years of this “problematic behavior” may be accused of a “pattern of problematic behavior” which can become the basis of an “expedited 3020-a hearing” in which a hearing must be completed in one day (half day to each side) within 20 days that the teacher requests a hearing. The decision must be made within 15 days of the hearing date.
The article closes with this conclusion which sums up how this sets a bad precedent for teachers in general, going into the future.
The acceptance of this procedure as a perceived benefit signals our union’s position in future contracts where it appears all teachers will “enjoy” the benefit of expedited and ill-defined termination proceedings.
This proposal is anathema to the good order of the teaching profession and must be completely understood before it is blindly accepted.
Another ICEUFT blogpost addresses how Mulgrew is conceding the ability for the "problematic" to be determined by others in the future. (May 13: "Mulgrew Admits He'll Leave Critical Issues to Others in Proposed Contract.")
This contract rests on disciplining teachers by terms that will be figured out at sometime down the line. Essentially, this has the potential of handing to arbitrators a blank slate on which to write discipline law. This overrides the state's 3020-a law, taking away some of the protections that law has offered. How could the UFT lawyers on the negotiating team agree to this provision?
The UFT has not explained to its members these precedents in discipline and rule setting.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I'm sorry you have bought into this. We will have a ONE day hearing. That is not protection. Are you kidding? What about calling witnesses? What is unprofessional conduct? Have you seen a list? No, no one has?
This has created a 2nd class of teacher? Why? ATRs are not worse teachers, they are not ATRs due to something on their part. Their school was closed because of Bloomberg. Why are they being hunted down like dogs? Being sent to schools in their borough??? Do you know how large Queens is? And I have no choice if I want to accept a job? I can't get to schools in Astoria or L.I.C. There is no parking, but I may have to take the job. The only jobs left will be the jobs that no one else wants.
PLEASE DON'T SUGAR COAT THIS CRAP FOR US. ATRs ARE NOT STUPID.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
The union should announce the meeting to every member by their personal email and through the UFT website.
Monday, May 12, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Leaflet the special UFT Delegate Assembly (special location) at the NY Hilton in Midtown:
1335 Ave of the Americas (west side of 6th Ave between 53rd St & 54th St, near E, F, M, N, Q, R line stations)
Wednesday, 5/7, 4 to 6 pm
(The MORE Caucus, which is supporting the ATR cause, is leafletting there as well with their leaflet.)
*Click this link for Web access to the print-ready landscape-formatted leaflet:
*Version addressed to UFT delegates:
*UFT's Pay Raise Schedule drawn out to 2020, plus issue of disparate treatment of ATRs:
*Drawn-out raise schedule Illustrated in a graphical form:
"These [ATRs] are good teachers, mostly from closing schools. But rather than create a win-win situation, the system - despite repeated requests - refused to deal with these issues."
--UFT then president Randi Weingarten, April 10, 2008 – How far have we come from then?
THE DOE'S TEACHER RETENTION PLAN: HOLD OFF 3/4 OF RETRO PAYMENT FOR 4-6 YEARS
Here are the true details about the proposed contract as reported by UFT Leadership on May 1, 2014 to the negotiating committee: