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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Union Screws The ATRs Yet Again!
It has recently come to my attention that the union has decided that ATRs are required to accept a long-term leave assignment, even if the ATR feels that the assignment is "not the right fit". This is a change in position from what the union originally told ATRs. Previously, if the ATR did not want to accept a long-term leave assignment and was waiting for a vacancy, the union told them that the ATR had to agree "that it was a good fit", otherwise, the ATR can refuse the long-term leave replacement position since it did not lead to a permanent position. However, it now appears that the union has changed their tune on this issue and has told teachers that they must accept long-term leave replacement positions even if they do not want them.
What brought this change on? I can only speculate that the discovery of the number being 1475 ATRs by Fransesco Portelos at the end of 2012 and not the 831 that the union seemed to claim, has embarrassed the union
leaders who have falsely stated that the weekly ATR rotation
successfully exposed ATRs to more vacancies. WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT! The reality is that the ATR weekly rotation is a farce and the only ATRs getting picked up are the younger and less expensive ATRs. Therefore, most of the ATRs are older and more expensive and have few opportunities to apply for the vacancies. To make matters worse the ATR agreement allows schools to ignore seniority issues by seeking younger and less expensive ATRs who were most recently excessed. The result is that ATRs who have been ATRs for two or more years are not likely to be interviewed for the vacancy.
Finally, the union's failure to include an ATR in the joint oversight committee and their general disrespect for ATRs by not allowing an ATR Chapter Leader points to the union's uncaring attitude to the most vulnerable members of the profession. I am very disappointed that the union allows the ATR weekly rotation travesty to continue and not provide the ATRs with their own representatives. To me, this is a moral failure of our union to the needs and rights of the ATR s which, I might add, was responsible for the ATR crises in the first place. Is it any wonder why I have problems voting for the "Unity" caucus in the elections when they ignore the needs of its members?