Today's Post bashes OSI investigated DOE employees, once again, by citing how they are paid while investigations continue and that the system is too slow to fire these charged employees.
While the argument is old and expected the response that makes most sense, if you are a Union that really cares about its members, is that being charged does not mean you are guilty and due process requires a full hearing before dismissal. In fact the article admits that a small percentage of employees are actually dismissed and that the DOE actually disagrees with OSI's findings at times.
What is most disturbing, however, is the quote from UFT spokesperson, Ron Davis. In response to the failure of the DOE to unilaterally remove charged employees from the payroll without a hearing he states,
"If a teacher does something that merits dismissal, then they should be removed from the classroom," Davis said. "But not before they have due process."
Yo Ron. Due process! Don't you remember our famous contract….we gave that right up. Surely you are not suggesting we are really entitled to due process when our contract already allows the DOE to remove us from not only the classroom but also from payroll upon mere allegations.
Unless, like "just cause" we are reinventing the term "due process." Watch out tenure!