Everyone who reads this blog should head on over to NYC Educator to read High School Executive Board member Arthur Goldstein's comrehensive report on the first UFT Executive Board meeting of the year.
My interpretation of his minutes is that the membership at large is in difficult situations in many work places yet it's business as usual over at UFT headquarters.
Several speakers came to complain about management in Adult Education. Any UFT member can speak once a term at the Executive Board. Solutions from UFT seem like same old, same old answers.
From Arthur's account of President Michael Mulgrew's report:
This year will be challenging. Constitutional Convention and Janus, and we have to move public ed. forward. Concerted efforts to weaken workers rights and destroy public ed. alive and well. They want to weaken us to when workers were just pawns. Wednesday you will see people come out for CC, same people who fund Janus. They want cheap, no benefit workers.
Told DOE we have to move forward. We can't have blowups at certain schools. CBA gives us right to consult. We have to put things on record. Thanks Adult Ed. We are holding DOE accountable, but we all have to do this. CL can now go online and share consultation with principal. If things aren't worked out at school level, district has to do it. Things resolved via paperwork complaints. Bad principals don't want info out. We have to use tools in contract. We will get involved when things aren't resolved at school level. Contract is agreement and they agreed to it.
Further down in the report Mulgrew says:
If this local is greatly weakened, public ed. will go bye-bye.
News flash President Mulgrew: This local already is greatly weakened. By not proposing any collective union-wide actions to help our many colleagues who are under attack, we will continue to fight a few battles but will lose in many other schools where members see no hope in going to the UFT.