Tonight’s Executive Board meeting sent a clear message. We are not only to accept a contract based on the fact-finding report we are taking the report as our contract. With one modification it appears that a contract has all but been signed.
At the Executive Board meeting Weingarten reported on her one hour bargaining session today letting out that the City is ready to drop the fact-finder’s demand for 10 free coverages in the secondary schools for our allowing them to implement the Lead Teacher Postitions provisions slated in the fact-finder’s report to be used in the future.
While the fact-finding is, on a whole, anti-union and anti-teacher, the Lead Teacher Position provisions stand out as examples of how badly this Mayor wants to destroy our Union.
At page 49 of the fact-finding Lead Teacher Positions “would select some of the City/DOE’s most talented teachers and place them in high-need schools. The lead teacher position financially rewards teachers who are particularly effective in the classroom.”
Merit pay based on what standard? The fact-finders answer that question.
“We recommend, however, that the Chancellor have the authority to select the schools in which lead teachers shall be placed as well as to determine the total number of lead teacher positions to be created.”
Checkmate! Not only do we get merit pay (lead teachers will make $10,000 per year more) but the DOE gets to put these UFT/AP’s in any school they want. There goes any right to your position.
Do you think after we give up grieving letters to the file we will be able to grieve involuntary transfers of lead teachers, selection of lead teachers or any aspect of this merit pay policy?