NYC Educator has two pieces on the latest UFT Executive Board meeting. We have reported here on the ATR issue. We totally denounce the UFT's complete disregard for democracy and transparency in negotiating a new ATR agreement and not getting approval from the people impacted or anyone else for that matter.
Why is the UFT so shamelessly arrogant in the face of possibly losing mandatory dues for members or non members when the Supreme Court will more than likely rule mandatory union dues in the public sector for non-union members are unconstitutional (Janus v AFSCME)? One would think the union leaders would be on their best behavior as thousands of members could vote with their feet to leave the UFT after the Supreme Court makes their decision. That would cost the UFT millions of dollars. UFT President Michael Mulgrew may have given an answer in his report on Monday on why there is little UFT urgency over Janus.
From Arthur Goldstein's report:
Mulgrew said something very interesting Monday night.. He seemed to suggest that there was some workaround to the Janus decision that would come around next year being negotiated statewide. That might explain why there's all the cozying up to Cuomo and a potential endorsement. But then he said both the country and state would be right to work next year, so it was kind of a mixed message.
It looks like the UFT's strategy if there is an adverse Supreme Court ruling might not be to mobilize members to ensure that everyone wants to stay in the union, but rather it could be to kiss the governor's ring while going to the State Legislature to pass some kind of state law that works around the Supreme Court.
UFT leadership shows time and again that they care more about preserving the institution of the union than the members of the union. If they did right by the membership, an adverse Supreme Court decision on automatic dues wouldn't matter much.