Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Betsy Combier Is A Real Heroine Who Helps Reassigned Teachers In Their 3020-a Hearings


Many of the UFT officials, especially, the "Unity Faction", has been slammed in my posts and rightly so. Starting with the terrible 2005 contract, the ATR mess, and the terrible morale in the classrooms. However, I will point out one heroine who works long hours in support of teachers. Her name is Betsy Combier.

Betsy Combier who is a parent advocate became involved in the reassigned teacher plight and vowed to help any teacher as they prepared for their 3020-a hearing. Betsy has attended many of the 3020-a hearings as a guest of the teacher and her valuable insight in the 3020-a process is important for any teacher facing their hearings. By attending the teacher 3020-a hearings she provides the teacher and his/her lawyer an extra set of eyes and ears and helps them spot discrepancies in the DOE testimony. She is quite friendly with many of the arbitrators and can help the teacher and lawyer in their argument in front of these arbitrators. Further, she is a sympathetic voice to traumatized teachers, especially, in the Brooklyn and Manhattan TRCs, where she is the authorized UFT representative from headquarters.

Betsy Combier spends the majority of her day in teacher 3020-a hearings. To Betsy's credit she does what she is asked by the union and still has time to help the reassigned teachers at their 3020-a hearings. It is a pity that a union that has abandoned it's reassigned teachers has a jewel in their ranks at headquarters who have these teachers' trust and does not support her wonderful work.

In my book Betsy Combier is a real heroine and should be recognized as such by our union leaders.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Way To Go, Betsy!

jd2718 said...

Thank you for writing this.

I think there are many Betsy's out there, working tough jobs, and really believing that serving members is important. They are easy to miss, never as flashy as those who do not serve our members well, but they are there.

When a union officer or staffer does their job right, teachers benefit. When a DoE official does their job right, teachers suffer.

Correct the union, oppose the DoE. And it is nice to identify union staffers doing things right. Thank you.

Fidgety said...

I have met and spoken with Betsy on a number of occassions. She is a caring and lovely woman whom the other union reps obviously feel threatened by. Most of the reps have tried to convince the reassignees that she will hurt, rather than help their cases.

Chaz said...

Fidgity:

I am aware that the UFT reps do not like her because she puts the reassigned teacher first, not the union. Further, I also know that the union higher-ups think those teachers are guilty and deserve to be reassigned. What sleaze balls they are.

Anonymous said...

I am afraid that reality is often extremely hard to locate. And even more difficult to stomach.

This writer has had personal and extended contact with Betsy.

This writer has also been there for the self-serving garbage she has doled out to those who languish and sometimes die in the teacher internment camps.

Perhaps it is because she is badly handicapped or perhaps there are other reasons for her behavior.

Betsy is a prime example of egomania parading as savior.

Unfortunately, she is simply another one of those many, many, many people who are profitting from the destruction of teachers' lives by proclaiming themselves caring individuals.

Randi's old lawfirm is an old and powerful entity by the name of Stroock, Stroock & Lavan. They are corporate powerbrokers. In another lifetime, I may have worked for them and been degraded by them, which is what they do best to people.

Randi and the suits of the UFT use them to protect themselves against many classes of people, including the teachers who pay their salaries.

In fact, Stroock, Stroock & Lavan have gone to court to attack groups of teachers who have been devastated and eviscerated by the DoE and UFT.

In case I'm being unclear:

IF YOU ARE A UFT MEMBER, YOU ARE PAYING AN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE AND POWERFUL LAWFIRM TO GO TO COURT TO TAKE YOUR JOBS AWAY FROM YOU.

This lawfirm has been made Ms. Combier's lawfirm in yet another case to hurt UFT members.

Betsy was given her "job" in order to silence her from attacking the UFT.

Randi & Co. are superb at many underhanded and damaging practices, among them the art of co-opting their opponents. Just ask the defunct political caucus NAC (New Action Coalition). Betsy was one of those who were handily bought out by Ms. Weingarten.

As teachers, too many of us are gullible and subject to the distortion of the truth, to smooth-talking con men and women.

Be assured: this woman is one who is living off your misery. I think the correct and accurate word is parasite.

Betsy is not a lawyer, and can offer no help to anyone in a rubber room. She, as are the NYSUT lawyers assigned to those brought up on 3020-a charges, is nothing but a sham and a deception, designed to give lie to and give false hope to those caught in the DoE's witch hunt.

I have been advised that if anyone not a licensed attorney offers legal counsel, they are committing a felony.

Chaz: I know neither your chronological age nor your years as a teacher.

I do know that you often write about matters which are foreign to you.

I truly believe that you are seeking to help and inform people, Chaz, but I guarantee you that you are doing a great disservice to those who are in terrible straits.

You may in fact, Chaz, be causing great harm to your colleagues.

I know that it is tempting, especially to the young and untried, to attempt to appear as knowledgeable and experienced. This is a problem of the ego and I would suggest the corrective of earnest Buddhist practice.

In the meantime, all of you who teach: you must have been taught to do research and to use highly critical and analytical methods before you reached decisions.

I implore you: do so now.

- one who sadly knows from long experience

Polo Colon said...

HEY, ANONYMOUS!:

CRAWL OUT OF YOUR HOLE AND IDENTIFY YOURSELF...

SO THAT YOUR COMMENTS MIGHT APPEAR TO HAVE A SEMBLANCE OF REALITY AND SO THAT YOU MAY BE COMPARED TO TRUTH.

OTHERWISE, YOU ARE FULL OF BULLONEY!

Chaz said...

Anon:

I do have a good relationship with Betsy Combier. I have found her to be quite helpful to teachers in their 3020-a process and just her experience sitting in them gives her a unique perspective in giving teachers advice.

I do not know why you feel the way you do but equating Betsy with some of the uncaring UFT leaders because she works at UFT headquarters is simply guilt by association. You are no better than SCI & OSI investigators that assume teacher guilt, just don't let the facts get in the way of an accusation.

Anon, show me proof that Betsy Combier is working against teachers or apologize to this wonderful, caring person who has done more for the reassigned teacher than anybody I know of.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know why that "person" referred to Betsy that way. I have found her to be the only person in the UFT that cares about us. tell us your story.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't the union have people who visit the rubber rooms on a regular basis to help out the teachers there? Do you agree, Chaz?

Chaz said...

Anon:

From what I know and am told, only Betsy Combier has been any help to the reassigned teachers. The rest of the union people are there only to keep the RR teachers in line and clueless.

Anonymous said...

Betsy is truly fabulous!

See comment #34 under the post, "U-rating numbers hold near last year's level" on JD2718's blog:

http://jd2718.wordpress.com/2006/08/16/u-rating-numbers-hold-near-last-years-level/#comment-40210

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Spouse Walker said...

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Then offer up another ally in these legal cases.

Anonymous said...

Betsy's ego since 2010 has erupted to something horrible. She has changed and it hurts members.