Monday, January 24, 2011
The Triborough Amendment, The ATRs, The Union, And Mayor Bloomberg. - Can An ATR Time Limit Be Imposed? - Not Without The Union's Approval.
One of the many rumors that is going around the NYC school system is that there will be an ATR time limit for the next school year. This rumor seems to have originated from the Bureaucrats at the "Children First Networks" (CFN's) as many teachers and school administrators have brought back these rumors. This has caused many of the ATRs to contact the union about the rumors of an ATR time limit and have been reassured that there is no ATR time limit. However, some in the union leadership have been less than forthright about the union's steadfastness in making sure there will not be an ATR time limit in the future. These union officials have claimed that the union may not be able to stop an ATR time limit as time goes on. Really? Let's investigate if this claimby certain union officials is really true?
My investigation starts in 1982 when New York State passed the Triborough Amendment as part of the Taylor Law that requires the employer to keep the existing contract in place until a new collective bargaining agreement is negotiated with the union. That means that even if the DOE demanded an ATR time limit it cannot get one without the union's agreement. Therefore, the only way there could be an ATR time limit is if our union caves and agrees to one. In other words, there cannot be an ATR time limit without the union's approval. The DOE created the ATRs and it is their fault, nobody else's that we have an ATR crises. The union would be doing a disservice to its members by letting the DOE get away with the mess they created in the first place. Under Randi Weingarten, the great appeaser, the union has given up many of our rights for a raise that barely kept up with inflation. Now we have Michael (don't call me Mike) Mulgrew who has privately claimed that he will be much tougher with the DOE and City when it comes to its members. What bothers me is he has essentially the same Weingarten lackeys surrounding him with a history of failed accomplishments. Only time will tell if his actions equal his rhetoric.
That brings us to Emperor, Mayor4Life Michael Bloomberg who thinks that he can just simply change the rules that govern the unions. Unfortunately, for Bloomie the New York State laws that govern the Civil Service and public employees are not for sale, unlike the New York City Mayoral Election, the combined might of the unions make any changes that weaken civil service protections are "dead on arrival". Therefore, the Mayor can rant and rave all he wants but if he indeed goes ahead with teacher layoffs, it will be "last in, first out". Therefore, look for the City to magically come up with the money to save the "newbies" just like he did for the unqualified Chancellor, Cathie Black by giving her 10 million dollars for test tutoring. However, no matter what the Mayor wants, he cannot impose an ATR time limit.
I hope this post puts to rest the fears of the 1,400 ATRs in the system that there will be an ATR time limit since only the union can allow one to be implemented and of cause the union would never do this to their members. Right Michael Mulgrew?