Thursday, December 28, 2017
Cope, Union Dues, Amd Janus - The Future For The Union Patronage Jobs Looks Bleak.
The UFT leadership rewards blind loyalty to their every wishes by giving Unity members patronage positions with the union. Be it pension consultants, delegate to conferences, or office positions at the UFT borough headquarters. Personally, I have been little impressed with many of the people who have been given these patronage positions. Be it negotiating vastly inferior giveback laden contracts, providing real and relevant advice at the informal pension consultations (one UFT pension consultant was actually pushing pension max), and fails to aggressively representing members at the DOE kangaroo court of "U" rating appeals. Starting in 2018 all this will change.
First,. the GOP tax plan, which is now law, no longer allows union dues to be deductible on your federal income tax and unless the State adjusts their own tax structure, that would include the State and City income tax as well. the $1,402.56 annual union dues will no longer be deductible, which in some cases can be 40% or more of the union dues paid for the year.
Second, the Supreme Court is expected to hand down their Janus decision this Spring and its expected to be 5 to 4 to eliminate mandatory union dues. Therefore, starting in the 2018-19 school year, the union will plead with the members to pay their "fair share" to help support the union. The union leadership will claim the "collective bargaining process" requires the members to pay their union dues. However, the "collective bargaining" agreement is for all City employees and it only takes one union to agree to terms and the other unions are forced to accept the same or similar contracts. For example our 2014 contract negotiated with the City became the template for all other contracts. Next ye4ar's contract will be a formality since DC37 is in the process of negotiating a contract with the City this Spring and that will be the template for all other union contracts, including the UFT..
Finally, our COPE payments for political action and other obscure purposes have been abused by the UFT leadership. Ask them for a breakdown of how the COPE money is spent and you get silence. In other words its none of you business and we know what's best for our members. Remember this? How about their support of racial arsonist Al Sharpton If the COPE money collected from member voluntary contributions were identified and clearly defined by showing why members benefit from the use of the COPE funds, then I might be convinced to contribute.
The bottom line is the union leadership only has themselves to blame by their very secretive nature of its use and failure to clearly identify where all our union dues and COPE contributions go to. I suspect that close to 40% of the members will either stop paying union dues or reduce the amount they contribute once the Supreme Court rules against mandatory union dues. As for those juicy union patronage jobs? Look for real belt tightening and elimination of many of those useless positions.