Most teachers are evaluated and range from "highly effective" to "ineffective". Therefore, its only fair to evaluate UFT President Michael Mulgrew for his work since Bill de Blasio became Mayor of New York City using the same rating criteria. Mr. Mulgrew was rated on four major categories, contract negotiation, member rights, transparency, and truthfulness.
Contract Negotiation: Michael Mulgrew agreed to a very cheap contract that not only screwed his members but the rest of the city workforce by agreeing to as 10% raise for 7 years, or 1.4% annually. He also back loaded the contract by giving us our retros from the 2009-10 time period as far down the road as the year 2020! The contract also included "givebacks" unlike other union contracts. The "givebacks" included reduce due process rights for ATRs and no retros for teachers who resigned or were terminated. Micheal Mulgrew falsely claimed that the City could not afford more and there would be no money left if we rejected the city's offer. Of course, the city has reported record surpluses of billions of dollars because of the cheap contract that Michael Mulgrew negotiated.
Member Rights: The reduced "due process rights" of ATRs, negotiated by the union is legendary, with forced placements, forced resignations, mandatory interviews, and the tweaking of the 3020-a process that tips the scales against teachers who are teachers rated "ineffective" who now must prove they are not "ineffective" rather than the DOE having to prove they are. Even teachers subject to the old 3020-a rules are discouraged from bringing in character witnesses and to wrap up the hearing right after the final date rather than wait for the transcripts to write a closing statement. Mulgrew claims that he doesn't go after principals because they are fellow union members but has no qualms about funding an anti cop protest led by Al Sharpton. Finally, to date, the union has not bothered to publish the new contract book, I wonder why?
Transparency: Under Michael Mulgrew, transparency and democracy is just a fiction. This year Michael Mulgrew shut off the open mike when James Eterno was speaking about giving ATRs proper representation. He also made sure his flunkies were strategically placed and recognized to support his agenda. The Roberts rules were routinely ignored under Michael Mulgrew. Moreover, when the ATRs clamored for their own chapter, Michael Mulgrew ignored their pleas and claimed that the ATRs are a temporary situation, despite some ATRs being one for almost a decade!
Truthfulness: There are rumors that each "Unity" member must take an oath to support the leadership, no matter how the member felt. Michael Mulgrew claims there is no such oath. However, the entire 750 member "Unity" block votes in lockstep with what the leadership wants, be it at the delegate assembly, or at NYSUT. As for Michael Mulgrew himself? He declared victory when the NYSED required that 22 components of Danielson be used to evaluate teachers and then claimed victory again when it was reduced to 8 components, really? In the latest teacher evaluation, Michael Mulgrew again claimed victory as he was given minor changes in the draconian teacher evaluation system that makes high-stakes testing 50% of a teacher's evaluation and even allowed the Democratic State Assembly to vote for it Finally, he claims that there is a change of tone at the DOE but ask any classroom teacher if things have changed at their school? The answer is no.