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

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

ATRs: Leaflet the delegates @ Wed's DA: Vote No on the UFT contract

ACRs/ATRs, other excesseed UFT members:
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:

Fellow UFT members, ask your delegates,


In the new expedited process an ATR's career can be cut short promptly:
The charge from just two principals that he or she is “unprofessional” (which is not spelled out) will end their tenure, without due process.
--Can we really trust that principals will not create frivolous trumped up charges?
How safe are you from becoming an ATR?
--Is your license the next to be eliminated?
--Is your school losing enrollment?
--Is your school getting a co-location?
--Do you think your principal likes you –now?

And why are we agreeing with merit pay and with putting 200 schools outside of union protection?
Why does 75% of retro pay does not come until October 2018?

"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?

Vote NO on the UFT contract! ATR Chapter Committee


Here are the true details about the proposed contract as reported by UFT Leadership on May 1, 2014 to the negotiating committee:

Our Pay Raises
These are the raises that we will get on paper (what the press is reporting):
'09 --4%
'10 --4%
'11 --0% ($1,000 signing
bonus credited to 2011)
'12 --0%
'13 --1%
'14 -1%
'15 -1%
'16 --1.5%
'17 --2.5%
'18 --3%

However, the money that is owed to us from previous years will ONLY arrive beginning in the
year 2015. It will work like this:
• 9/1/14- 2% (which includes the raise due 5/1/13 and 5/1/14 at 1% each):
• 5/1/15 - 3% (2% from our leftover raises in '09-'10 plus the 1% in the contract)
• 5/1/16 - 3.5% (2% from our leftover raises in '09-'10 plus the 1.5% in the contract)
• 5/1/17 - 4.5% (2% from our leftover raises in '09-'10 plus the 2.5% in the contract)
• 5/1/18 - 5% (2% from our leftover raises in '09-'10 plus the 3% in the contract)
• We would receive the $1,000 signing bonus sometime early next Fall

Our Retropay
That comes over 5 years and doesn't begin until 2015. We will receive a percentage of what
we are owed in one payment per year:
• 10/1 2015- 12.5% (lump sum)
• 10/1 2016 - Nothing
• 10/1 2017 - 12.5% lump sum
• 10/1 2018 - 25% lump sum
• 10/1 2019 - 25% lump sum
• 10/1 2020 - 25% lump sum

Whoever accepts a position at a school, will go right back into the pool if a principal *says* they acted in an unprofessional manner. If an ATR is sent back into the reserve pool twice, then he/she will be fired in a 50 day time frame via a 3020-a hearing that will last no more than 1 day.



  2. Why should ATRs be assigned to a school. Isn't that forced placement which the DOE says they don't do? People don't want to work in schools that are not a good fit for them. They city created this problem. Not their fault.