Despite an alleged news “embargo” the media has already let the cat out of the bag. Last night’s Executive Board meeting, originally put over a day to receive the fact-finding report, was chaired by Weingarten to hold a “discussion” about whether the report should be used as the basis of our contract negotiations or whether we should strike.
While it was clear which direction she preferred it was disappointing to read in the New York Times this morning that the “choice” was already made.
We all know what a strike will mean to our Union. It is not a secret that we have done nothing to prepare ourselves to raise a credible threat. When the original 8 page contract proposal was first offered two years ago many of us urged that we start preparing for a strike. We were personally attacked and labeled as “crazies” for even mentioning the “S” word in its full length.
Now we know. We will accept anything as long as our union leaders can keep feeding at the trough. In fact our dues were just increased over a dollar a month.
The fact-finding report is a document of complete givebacks. We do not “win” anything when the mayor allows us to teach. Tenure, job security and other supposed wins were clever negotiating tactics that our leadership swallowed hook, line and sinker.
The Times article was not fully accurate. The fact-finding report must be read in its entirety. Every Union member will get a copy shortly and the Chapter Leaders will get one this afternoon at the meeting. The following is some of the “lowlights” without the “spin.”
1. 10 more minutes each day added to our “100 minutes”: 30 MINUTES MORE OF TEACHING TIME EACH DAY
2. TWO LESS DAYS OF SUMMER VACATION
3. ONE LESS HOLIDAY
4. TEN MORE “FREE COVERAGES” A YEAR
NO RIGHT TO GRIEVE LETTERS TO THE FILE
SUPERVISORS WRITE A LETTER AND IT GOES INTO YOUR PERSONNEL FILE: NO QUESTIONS ASKED!
1. LUNCH DUTY
2. POTTY PATROL
3. HALL DUTY
4. INVOLUNTARY ASSIGNMENT TO POSITION AT PRINCIPAL’S DISCRETION
1. NO MORE SENIORITY TRANSFERS
2. WEAKENED EXCESSING RIGHTS- PRINCIPALS MAY PICK AND CHOOSE
First year -ZERO
Second year - 2%
First six months of third year - 3.5% (almost half of which is paid for with givebacks)
Second six months of third year - 5.5% (all of which is paid for with givebacks)