Saturday, August 30, 2014
The DOE Secretly Holds A Job Fair That Excludes ATRs.
Yes, the same old DOE has once again, secretly held a job fair for the remaining vacancies in the school system and excluded the ATRs. According to UFT President Michael Mulgrew this is supposed to be the new DOE attitude of cooperation and understanding that he bragged about. It seems to me that little has changed when it comes to the DOE.
The DOE job fair was held on Tuesday, August 26th at the Armory in Washington Heights and according to my sources the UFT was there as well which brings up the question why didn't the UFT object to this exclusionary DOE job fair? The answer is obvious, the UFT aided and abetted the DOE in excluding ATRs so that the DOE can continue to claim that the ATRs are not looking for jobs.
Unfortunately, the UFT is more the problem then the solution when it comes to adequately representing its members. Its the only municipal union that allows the City to bestow "second class citizenship" on some of its members and looks the other way when the DOE tries to punish the members a second time when they failed to terminate them in a 3020-a process. Is it any wonder that the ATRs don't trust the union leadership?
While I still believe in the protections union membership gives me, I realize that this disconnected UFT leadership is not doing their job. I need to rely on myself to uphold my rights and asking the union leadership to do their job is simply a pipe dream. To me its the same old "gotcha mentality" in the DOE and a union that looks the other way when its most vulnerable of members are targeted.