When I arrived (I was late; you can read a full summary of the President's Report at NYC Educator), President Michael Mulgrew was talking about Empire Center and their goal to weaken UFT and NYSUT. Their goal is to get a 20% membership drop after Supreme Court decides Janus case. We won't let that happen. Lowest percentage of agency fee payers ever. Will try to get to new people fast.
Crap will be coming after Janus, "Give yourself a raise; quit the union." We have union cards ready. We will only send them to union members. UFT app coming on phones. Discounts are a main feature. Big chains coming to us including food chains and funeral homes. Tech stuff is coming. Face to face conversations, people thanking us when we come to their doors, very important. Our strategy is to tell members union busters are coming to harm you.
If not for Janus, we would be more energetic on new chancellor. We did not want someone from DOE to be new chancellor. Got rid of Bloomberg, but people stayed in place at DOE.We wanted an outsider. Got it with Carranza.
Staff Director's Report
Leroy Barr gave a bunch of dates. Next DA April 18.
Mulgrew came back and said we will amp up paid family leave campaign with some of our city council friends.
Question: Someone from saved closing school asking if we can not have to go to principal to go to NYSUT convention or lobby day?
Answer: Principals in Principal's Weekly told to release chapter leaders for Lobby Day
Q Teacher from Bryant asked about teachers in low performing schools being overworked while those in high performing schools seemed relaxed.
A Mulgrew started teaching Advanced Placement class. It wasn't for him. Went to low performing school and it was better. High school teachers think elementary school teachers have it easy. Found out when President how difficult elementary school teachers work. He couldn't do their job. Use open market if not happy.
Q Difference between paid family leave and parental leave?
A NYS first state to have paid family leave in law in private sector. Can't cost out paid family leave as there are no precedents. City wants a fortune for paid family leave. City worries about covering classes. We think it is a moral issue. Trying to do both family and parental leave.
Q People need a union membership card to show it is same as doing it electronically?
A We will get that out.
Q Denying PD?
A It might be an administrator problem
Q Custodian in Delegate's school saying budget has been cut. Might not even have enough toilet paper to last the year?
A City cutting custodial budget. DOE headcount rising in admin offices. We will look into this.
For next month: 50% of meeting time at Delegate Assembly for motions, questions and discussion.
Discuss things in depth. Nobody spoke against. It is on next month's agenda as it was voted up.
Reso not to endorse anyone from Independent Democratic Conference.
IDC gives Republicans control of Senate where Assembly bills go to die. IDC blocking good bills. We have supported IDC people.
Speaker against was Paul Egan from Unity who said IDC has been a stopgap on certain issues and helped with community schools. This is an internal Democratic Party fight. We have no business in that fight. Reso voted down but got some strong support.
Special Order of Business
Resolution on safe and supportive schools. Someone had a substitute resolution to give supports to help schools. (I was informed the person working on this resolution with the UFT leadership was from Educators for Excellence which angered some people as the UFT leadership is willing to work with this anti-union group and not pro union dissidents within the union.)
Nobody spoke against bringing substitute resolution and it passed.
Resolution on supporting I am 2018. Standing in solidarity with working people from Memphis. Fiftieth anniversary of when Martin Luther King was killed when he was supporting sanitation men on strike some of whom were finally made hole almost fifty years later. It passed unanimously.
Resolution celebrating 58th birthday of UFT. Mel Aaronson had people there who were there back then stand. It passed unanimously.
Resolution to strengthen UFT in the face of Janus. It passed unanimously.
Resolution on gun safety passed unanimously.
Resolution on providing gender neutral restrooms at UFT. Helps families as well as LGBTQ community. It carried.
Resolution on getting C4E funds to reduce class size. NYC getting money from C4E settlement to reduce class size but they don't use it to lower class sizes. It carried.
Reso on Puerto Rico to stand with teachers union there. It carried.
That's all folks except to say sign the petition to get rid of the teacher evaluation system. We're over 500 and counting..