Thursday, September 01, 2016
What Are The ATR Rules This Year?
There seems to be some confusion on what rules ATRs are subject to. To the best of my knowledge, the 2011 ATR agreement is now in force and the 2014 ATR agreement is no longer valid since our union leadership allowed it to sunset on the last day of the school year. I believe I speak for the vast majority of the ATRs who believed the 2014 ATR agreement made us second class citizens and was being abused by dumping rotating ATRs into temporary provisional vacancies simply to try to terminate them in an expedited 3020-a process for the ill-defined "unprofessional misconduct".
What does the 2011 ATR agreement say? First, rotating ATRs go back to a weekly rotation after the first placement that lasts to October 17th. Second, the DOE can no longer force ATRs to take provisional assignments outside their district, third, there are no longer expedited 3020-a hearings for "unprofessional behavior". Of course, there were more issues with the 2014 ATR agreement, such as missing two mandatory interviews or not showing up results in the ATR voluntarily resigning Unfortunately, the union will continue to allow the field assassins to continue to try to terminate us.
Saying that, it's possible that the union leadership could has secretly negotiated some changes to the 2011 ATR agreement such as longer placements in rotation but since I have heard no rumors of this happening, I must assume the 2011 ATR agreement is now in force. I guess we will know for sure when our union gives us their "dog and pony" show around October 1st.