There might be a full campaign on the right to completely destroy unions in this country. Those forces aligned against us may get a huge boost in the next month when the US Supreme Court in the Janus case will most likely decide union dues are optional in the public sector.
However, there is no need to worry ladies and gentlemen.
The UFT is fighting back!
Are we calling out the Mayor for just being an extension of the previous mayor on education?
Well no even though this is really the fifth Bloomberg term in the schools so being anti-teacher is still the culture at the Department of Education.That's ok with the UFT.
Are we going to mobilize for a contract we can really be proud of that restores teacher dignity?
Hell no, contract negotiations are done in secret. No matter how awful the contract is, we will sell it as the greatest victory ever.
Are we fighting to get rid of the teacher evaluation law?
No, we are trying to tweak it so our system in NYC becomes the model for the entire state. Everyone loves what Charlotte Danielson has done for our profession. Let's have more observations.
What are we doing then to fight back?
We launched an APP. Member discounts are right at the top. The UFT will even advertise CTLE hours so teachers can give the union even more money to get needed professional development hours mandated in the Education Transformation Act of 2015 that we did not oppose.
This APP is so cool it is featured on the cover of the New York Teacher.
The UFT might not have your back but the union certainly has one wonderful APP. Enjoy it as it is for members only.