Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The ATR Incentive Failed To Achieve Its Goal To Drastically Reduce The ATR Pool.




























At last night's Executive Board meeting the UFT leadership stated that 135 ATRs took the inferior buyout offer that the UFT secretly negotiated with the DOE, without ATR input..  This was significantly lower than the DOE's hopeful projections of 200 or more ATRs.  In fact, if you include the provisional appointments, who were also eligible for the buyout.  The 135 ATRs are only 10% of the over 1,300 ATRs who were eligible for the buyout,

Moreover, on any given year approximately 60 to 70  ATRs retire or resign, either due to age, years of service, or under 3020-a charges.  If we were to exclude those ATRs who were leaving anyway then the ATR incentive only encouraged 70 ATRs to take the incentive, who may have otherwise stayed.  That is only 5% of the ATR pool.

Finally, because of the union negotiated contract that allows the DOE not to pay the teacher his or her lump sum payments if the 3020-a arbitrator finds the educator guilty of termination, also encouraged some teachers to take the incentive, rather than risk losing up to $50,000 dollars of the money still owed to them.

While our union leadership will continue to claim a victory, when it came to the ATR incentive.  The fact is the ATR incentive was a failure since only between 5% and 10% of the educators in the ATR pool actually took it.   Maybe the next ATR incentive will be a year's salary and then you might see many in the ATR pool take the bait and take the money and run.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hw about making sure we all have jobs first? Answer seems blatantly obvious.

Chaz said...

The UFT will always claim victory while the members continue to lose.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what the DOE will do now that the results was not as expected? If get 10 years of service credit with at least 75% salary for 10 years with benefits, I would take it as a younger person. Dreaming.....

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many took the buyout and were eligible to immediately retire and collect their pension. If you can't immediately retire and collect a pension, why on earth would you take buyout?

Life in Limbo said...

Most people who took the incentive were retiring anyway. That is the only group this bogus buyout made sense for. If they want a REAL buyout that people will actually take, they need to forget the severance pay crap and look at giving service credit. Give me enough service credit for 25 years and let me buy the 3 years I need for age 55, and I'll leave skid marks on my way out. But I'm nokt leaving for anything less than my pension.

Anonymous said...

So what is going to happen in Oct.? All ATRS will be placed for the year? They also can be picked up permanent with the ATR salary incentive. I also heard some ATRS have been placed for the year already.

What is the ATR salary incentive this year for principles to hire us?

DOE should come up with better buyout next time around!

ATR 25/55 said...

I remeber back in the late 1990s a buyout was offered to all teachers. I think the details were 1 month's salary for every year worked, up to 24 months/years. I was brand new, so I didn't pay attention. If they would offer something similar now I'd jump on it in a heartbeat and never look back.

Anonymous said...

I need 6 more years to get to 55 and retire early with 18 years in.

(I will not stay in this corrupt system one more day than I have to! I don't care if my pension is small.)

If they gave me 6 years incentive credit right now, I would take it and retire this coming August.

My father-in-law got two years incentive and retired from the DOE early.

Anonymous said...

This is what happens when you let principals do whatever the F-CK they want. They don't follow rules, cheat, lie, harass, don't comply with regulations, etc. Then you have Mulgrew stating that statistics 'show' there's improvement in ----------. Mr. Mulgrew knows exactly what is going on. The bubble is going to pop.

Anonymous said...

Hey 12:47 PM. Even under the most generous buyout terms New York ever granted, your18 years would only get you a year and a half additional pension credit