Today is the November Delegate Assembly. I apologize for any errors from my not so smartphone.
President Mulgrew called political action director Paul Egan and his team up to celebrate 83% vote no on constitutional convention. 70% wanted it last year. Polls shifted as never seen before to 83% voting no yesterday.
We must keep momentum going to fight Janus Supreme Court case. Right wing wants to take our ability to fight back away from us. Voucher proposals defeated last night too.
We are sending water filters to Puerto Rico. Hard to believe in 2017 we have to do this. Sending directly to workers there who are sending directly to families.
Collection made for winter coat drive for Richard Mantell's campaign.
For Janus the door knocking campaign has started. Some members skeptical that it is really a UFT person. Getting results. Contact Leroy Barr if interested in knocking on doors. $1800 stipend for going door to door. Want on-site person to be the education coordinator on Janus in every school.
City Council did hearing on bullying. DOE made announcements on bullying and safety initiatives. Info on surveys is there. Supts do not look at this.
Schools that sheltered in did exactly what they are supposed to do during and after terrorist attack last week. UFT member assistance program helped safety agents who were first on scene.
Making progress on paid family leave. People who came before us made sacrifices to get benefits. Going to get this done in a smart way or it will get ugly with city. People fought for lower class size by foregoing raise. 1913 first teacher fired for getting pregnant. 2008 UFT sued to stop UFT member from getting fired for being pregnant. Progressive NYC not always progressive.
There are municipal unions whose contracts have expired in NYC. Must prepare. Must start a negotiating committee. Problem for unionized workers is uncertainty at federal level. Healthcare, education cuts and tax policy being discussed. If there are cuts, NYS takes a hit. Tax cuts will hurt us all. Expecting to hear givebacks being called for by the press. Putting together 250-350 member negotiating committee. Have a year remaining under current contract.
Since we are monitoring consultation, principals complaining to supts that they cannot run their buildings. We want to push back on their pushbacks.
Craziness on lesson plans. Some must have extra copies of lesson plans; others must have extra lesson plans on door. Teachers do not have to have a second copy of lesson plans. Lesson plan for teachers' use. Principals saying they need copy of lesson plans to do observations. Educationally unsound according to principals not to have a copy when doing an observation. We say it is not educationally sound to have oversize classes and children not getting services and lesson plans are for us.
Anyone who wants extra lesson plans in a folder on a door is a moron. Chancellor sent Mulgrew a letter on the policy. These idiots aren't fixing education. Sending out paperwork resolutions. Principals digging heals in.
Staff Director's Report
Leroy Barr gave a bunch of dates including next DA on Dec 6.
Question: Admin wants rubric on every part of lesson. Is it excessive?
Mulgrew Answer: It is excessive. Get us info.
Q Tell Rachel Maddow about operation agua in Puerto Rico.
A We will have AFT do this.
Q Principal won't show us budget?
A It is a contractual right to see it anytime there are changes which is often. Strategize on how to handle it.
Q Janus more complicated than convention. How do we get to people in a simple way on Janus?
A Tell people to pledge to stay in their union. Opponents will say to save dues and get a raise. They will take that away and more.
Q Principal assigning common planning to all preps. Sign in sheet. Principal says it is voluntary. How to motivate people to stand up to this?
A Sign in sheet makes it non voluntary. Get info to us.
Q Admin bullying by yelling at teachers in front of kids?
A Call anti bullying hotline. Not kidding. Always will have bad administrators. CSA accused DOE of not writing principals up before taking action. Keep campaign going.
Q City pumping money into anti bullying campaign. Our school near school where tragic stabbing occurred. Weapons found. Teachers, students scared. Is DOE going to do something?
A Superintendent can do this. We can put in request officially for people to come in about safety.
Raised $3079 for coats.
Special Orders of Business
Resolution on 1960 strike anniversary. Mel Aaronson told Chicago Tribune every school was closed back then. 5000 did not come to work. Another 2000 called out sick. Strike for collective bargaining. It took another strike to get collective bargaining. Support thanking people who went on strike and pledge to keep fighting for rights in the future.
Peter Lamphere spoke for resolution but said we made gains without concessions back then and we should do the same with paid parental leave.
Resolution passed. 1960 strikers recognized.
Arthur Pepper retired. New welfare fund director.
Resolution to support DNA info and Gothamist writers. Billionaire owner shut down publications when writers voted to unionize.
That's all folks.