Wednesday, May 02, 2018
The New Action Caucus Contract Proposal Is One We Can All Support.
After I saw the MORE contract proposal which was strong on civil rights, diversity, and social justice and short on teacher justice, I decided I could not support MORE as they have lurched to the far left and supports many militant far left groups and approves work stoppages and job actions, despite the Taylor law that would cost educators two days pay for every one day of a work stoppage. As for the mainstream "Unity" caucus? ou can read it on South Bronx School blog. When it comes to the "Unity" caucus, I hold little hope that they will negotiate a favorable contract, based on prior negotiated contracts I don't expect a favorable wage contract with raises ranging from 1% to 2%. . less than the inflation rate. Moreover, they negotiate secretly, without member input. I can only hope that the UFT does not allow for any "givebacks" in the next contract. As for the Educators 4 Excellence (E4E)? They are a corporate reform "fifth column" and whatever they propose is not worthy for consideration.
That leaves the New Action caucus contract proposal and I liked what they are proposing. They are strong on teacher justice, want to eliminate fair student funding, the ATR pool, reduce class size, and publicize abusive administrators. Moreover, they propose raises above the rate of inflation and no "givebacks"!, Finally, they want a six week paid family leave. Read South Bronx School blog for the actual list of the New Action contract demands.
The bottom line, the New Action contract proposals are teacher friendly and represents the interests of the classroom teacher. The New Action contract proposal is far superior to the other caucuses and I am thinking strongly of joining the New Action caucus.