Every chess player knows that the goal to checkmating your opponent is to sacrifice pieces to achieve that outcome. In chess the piece that get sacrificed most often is the pawn. In a well played game, few, if any pawns remain on the chessboard. The same can be said when it comes to contract negotiations between the City and the UFT.
From the 2005 contract on, the City has asked the UFT for an ATR time limit; Checkmate had the union agreed to one. Thankfully, our union leadership has not allowed the City to checkmate ATRs. However, other abuses to the ATRs has resulted in the ATR sacraficing many of their "due process" rights. Let's look at what the union sacraficed that has made ATRs second class citizens.
- Elimination of seniority transfer and civil service bumping rights.
- Failure to fight the discriminatory Fair Student Funding formula.
- Suggested the useless and demeaning ATR rotation.
- ATRs have no say in their assignment.
- Failure to stop the ATR field supervisor observations.
- Refused to assign an ATR Chapter.
- Allows the DOE to have three ATR lists for assigning teachers to vacancies.
- Let's not forget the Scarlet Letter (flag) on a teacher's file.
- No mutual consent.