Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Why Many UFT Members Are Conflicted About Paying Dues. However, ATRs Are Not.
New York City Educator wrote on his blog why we all should be paying union dues when Janus is settled. He correctly points out why union representation is important and despite the arrogance of the union leadership, we must stand together. I considered myself a loyal union member and help other members with their issues. However, its hard to be loyal to a union who's leadership cares more about themselves and political favors than the members they are supposed to represent. As an ATR I am furious how we are treated as second class citizens and if you came out of discipline, an untouchable, Moreover, the ATRs have no chapter representation and cannot request a change of schools. Finally, there is no mutual consent as the ATR cannot refuse an assignment. Let's not forget the field supervisors as well.
The DOE treats the ATR as if they are "bad" or unwanted teachers as the DOE fair student funding policy makes hiring veteran ATRs financially unappealing. The union leadership, rather than pushing the DOE to eliminate this unfair policy, looks the other way. Notice how the ATR issue wasn't addressed by the UFT on negotiating the next contract?
When three out of four union members didn't even bother to vote in the last union election, How many will voluntarily pay their union dues? 60%, 70% or 80%?. Who knows? However, when it comes to the ATRs I suspect the majority will refuse to pay their union dues since they feel the union leadership has failed to properly represent them.
While NYC Educator is right that we need a union to protect our hard won gains, the problem is that our union leadership does not deserve the respect from the members, especially the ATRs who have been betrayed time and again by the self-serving Unity leadership.
Read ATR Adventures blog for how most ATRs feel about the union leadership.