Sunday, May 01, 2016
Why You Should Not Be Voting For Michael Mulgrew For UFT President.
This week election ballots will be sent to all UFT members and retiree, yes retiree, households to vote for the next UFT President and all other elected positions. While I am not supporting any one caucus, I will be voting for the people who I believe best serve the membership and that includes people from all the caucuses. However, I most assuredly will not be voting for Michael Mulgrew for UFT President. Michael Mulgrew has shown to be arrogant and disconnected to the members and has disregarded member complaints while having a love affair with Chancellor Carmen Farina and Bill de Blasio. Since taking over from Randi Weingarten, Michael Mulgrew has worked against the interests of UFT members. Let's discuss them at length.
Teacher Evaluation System that uses "junk science" to evaluate teachers:
Rather than heeding member wishes and oppose using the State's high-stakes tests that would be part of a teacher evaluation, he actually supported it. Moreover, he agreed to one without getting a contract from Mayor Bloomberg as required by the State for the implementation of the new system. In other words, he gave up our rights without any tangible benefit. Finally, he agreed to the punitive rubric of Charlotte Danielson that required 22 components and claimed victory only to renegotiate with the DOE two years later and drop it to 8 components and claimed victory again when it was a total loss to the members.
Support of the Common Core Standards:
Despite widespread dissatisfaction by parents, students, and teachers with the Common Core standards, Michael Mulgrew is a strong supporter of the Common Core standards. He even threatened to punch Common Core opponents in the face if they attacked his precious standards which he is not subject to. What a hypocrite! Moreover, he criticized the "opt out" movement and supported the State's inappropriate high stakes tests.
Negotiated an inferior contract:
Michael Mulgrew showed he was a poor negotiator as he negotiated a vastly inferior contract with the City by using scare tactics he received approval of a 10% raise for seven years and two months or a 1.39% annual raise. Yes he did get us the two 4% raises we should have received back in 2009 and 2010 but you first must not resign, get terminated, or die before you are made whole in 2020! In addition, our contract was the only one where there were "givebacks". The making of ATRs into second class citizens. The entire Unity legacy on what they did to the ATRs can be found Here.
Used member money to support his causes:
Who can forget how he agreed to pay and provide bus service for the racial arsonist Al Sharpton led march against fellow union members and how about the quail and booze incident in Albany by his lobbyist who is still there on the members dime!
Members subject to 3020-a termination hearings:
Under Michael Mulgrew, UFT members subject to 3020-a termination hearings rose from 192 to 368 in 2015. That's correct, the amount of UFT members under termination charges almost doubled during Michael Mulgrew's tenure. Moreover, the amount of teachers denied tenure went from 11% to 50% last year. Finally, under Michael Mulgrew, teacher autonomy in the classroom has been lost and micromanagement has increased.
Michael Mulgrew love affair with Chancellor Carmen Farina while members suffer:
Michael Mulgrew claims there is a new tone at the DOE, I guess he is tone deaf since class sizes are as large as they ever have been. Further, the obscene paperwork and online grading remains at unacceptably high levels. In addition, Michael Mulgrew refuses to go after vindictive administrators and allows principals like Dwarka to destroy teacher careers.
For further damaging information about Michael Mulgrew and his Unity caucus read my six part series Here.
If you really care about our union and its ability to represent the active members do not reelect the unaccountable Michael Mulgrew to be President of the UFT. To convince you further you may want to see the video that the Solidarity caucus put together of ex UFT insider James Callahan that is his version of what went on until his dismissal in 2011. Here.