Saturday, December 12, 2009

Michael Mulgrew, You Talk A Good Game. However, I Am Still Waiting For Real Action By The Union


I was impressed with the tone of our acting President's letter to his members and his responses to Michael Bloomberg's onslaught against the teachers union. However, all talk and no action has been the legacy of our past President which has resulted in Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein riding roughshod over the teachers union this decade.

Over the last decade we have given up some of our "due process" rights in disciplinary hearings, seniority transfers, the right to file grievances, classroom independence, gave up a professional period, and the increase in the school day for a 43% increase in pay. This averages out to be a 4.3% annual increase for the decade which is below the decade inflation rate of 4.5%. Is it any wonder that I am suspicious of all the rhetoric that comes out from our union President? If Mike (call me Michael) Mulgrew wants me to support the current union leadership, here is the actions I expect him to implement.

  • File PERB complaints against the PINI principals that the New York Teacher complains about but does nothing to stop it. The DOE will wary of wasting money defending these undependable and vindictive principals and take steps to stop the abuse.
  • Start an age discrimination lawsuit against the City and Tweed that has resulted in the ATR crises and overcrowded "rubber rooms".
  • Require independent and fair investigations of alleged teacher misconduct. This is especially true for Chapter Leaders. Presently, the investigations process is biased against the teacher and this must change.
  • Demand and obtain takebacks and no more givebacks in the next contract. Some of the takebacks should include but not be limited to: Allowing grievances for letters to the file, elimination of circular six, and no hiring of teachers until excessed teachers in the subject area are placed.
Mr. Mulgrew if you want my vote, then let's see some concrete action. Nothing less will do.

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mulgrew won't do anything in favor of the teachers. He doesn't want to upset BloomKlein. ATRs, RR, and school closings are just part of the done deal between the DOE and the UFT.

Anonymous said...

I think that the comment by the first "anonymous" commenter is weak and unconvincing. It expresses a personal opinion without providing any basis in fact to justify it.

Chaz said...

Anon: 8:34

I agree with you and I am willing to give our acting President a chance to show his stuff. However, he has not changed his inner circle. The very people who have lost touch with the members in the trenches and caused the problems in the first place.

Pogue said...

I would really like to see more viewpoints of James Eterno and other candidates that may be up for UFT president. With all the possible school closings, attacks upon older teachers, school overcrowdings, and push for charters, I, and others are looking for strong, active leadership to address these issues. If our current leadership is going to be quiet and submissive about it, what are our other choices?

Ms. Take said...

Mulgrew, like Weingarten, is busy throwing teachers, particularly senior teachers, under a bus. He's all talk and no action, just like his predecessor. "Change" has come to mean "more of the same" with different faces but the same voice.

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Anonymous said...

thank god we finally have a government focused on kids and pandering to teachers rights. senority transfer rules were disgusting and forced the lowest performing teachers on the poorest kids. the problem w you and your union is that you forgot what business you were in.. children.. not teacher jobs.

Publish Your Comment said...

Mike - You've got my vote! Go get 'em!

Anonymous said...

When senior teachers are denied the ability to use seniority transfers, it means that seniority as a whole has been devalued.

When someone has worked for many years and finally gains seniority, it is an insult to take it away.

The government and the unions are not pandering to kids or education. They are taking public sector funds and are giving to hedge fund managers to make a profit. At the same time wrecking one of the last unions.
Organized labor has become a shakedown of workers. The unions only feather their own nests at the expense of the poor suckers who pay exorbitant dues for the "right" to work in one of the shitty malfunctioning schools.

The last person who posted seems to think that people who are union members have the gall to ask for better working conditions and better pay. Get a life!

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