Resolution to Grant Representation to the Absent Teacher Reserve
Whereas, members of the Absent Teacher Reserve are dues-paying UFT members, and;
Whereas, it behooves us to represent all UFT members, and;
Whereas, members of the ATR are likely to be rotated regularly, and;
Whereas, the UFT Executive Board approved a Chapter Election Guide and Bylaws that require ATR members to vote for Chapter Leaders and Teacher Delegates in the schools they are working in on May 1; and
Whereas, ATR members are very unlikely to be represented by the chapter leaders and Teacher Delegates of the buildings in which they’re working in on May 1 next September, and;
Whereas, it’s preposterous to elect people who you know won’t represent you; and
Whereas, it’s a fundamental tenet of democracy to choose your representatives, and;
Whereas, we have no idea when or if the Absent Teacher Reserve will cease to exist; and
Whereas, Article IX, Section 7 of the UFT Constitution authorizes the Executive Board to "establish functional chapters for employees in institutions not under the direct control of the Board of Education, or whose functions in the school system differ from those of the regular teaching staff;" and
Whereas, the ATR position differs significantly from that of a teacher assigned permanently to a school; be it therefore,
Resolved, that the UFT Executive Board will establish a functional chapter for the Absent Teacher Reserve as per Article IX, Section 7 of the UFT Constitution until such time as the ATR ceases to exist; and be it further
Resolved, that members of the ATR shall elect their own chapter leader and teacher delegates, and be it further
Resolved that this elected chapter leader and delegates shall represent them within the UFT, just as other functional chapter leaders and delegates represent their chapters.
Only an autocratic, insensitive, anti-democratic Unity hack would say no to a temporary chapter that the ATRs clearly need and want. Arthur's report shows how Unity dismisses the ATRs:
Arthur Goldstein—MORE—It’s pretty tough to be in the Absent Teacher Reserve. You have to go from school to school and you’re unable to make long term connections with either students or colleagues. We’re now telling them they can vote for chapter leaders and delegates who will, in all likelihood, not represent them in September.
That’s absurd. I understand the rationale that the ATR is a temporary thing, and I have been hearing that since 2005. I certainly hope it’s temporary, and bearing that in mind, this resolution suggests we eliminate the chapter as soon as we eliminate the ATR. It is, therefore, a win-win. I urge you to vote for this resolution and empower our brothers and sisters in the Absent Teacher Reserve.
Dolores Sozopony—Been on for years. If I recall, we brought this issue up several times. Was brought up three years ago. I understand and feel it but they have representation from the CL of whatever school they are in. Ask vote against.
Eliu Lara—To create functional chapter is too agree we want ATR forever. Idea is to reduce that. No doubt that any ATR who needs representation will have it, at least in the Bronx. We don’t need this functional chapter because they are represented.
Stuart Kaplan—Opposes. When I first started in 2003, I was an ATR. First person I met was CL, who was my CL. Taught me I should treat ATRs same way I would treat any other member. Should think of training CLs to have respect for ATRs that they deserve. I’ve had an ATR In my school for three months. Always left feeling like they were part of the family.
KJ Ahluwalia—New Action--People presume I was an ATR. I wasn’t. I was in a closing school. Supposed to be temporary, but around for 13 years. It’s ideal we treat all members with same respect, but it’s not happening. Why not ask 800-900 ATRs what they need. If they think they need it they should have right.
Fails on party lines.
Michael Mulgrew's Unity Caucus again tells ATRs they don't need their own temporary chapter.
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