I read NYC Educator's Executive Board Minutes this evening. Arthur Goldstein, who writes those reports, is pretty much a full-fledged, hardcore Mulgrew-Unity supporter these days. That said, he still does a very good job of writing accurate minutes of UFT meetings. I sometimes compare my Delegate Assembly notes with his and they are pretty similar.
Tonight's UFT Executive Board notes from Arthur are strange in that Michael Mulgrew continues to spout out a completely debunked story that the arbitrator ruled that we must postpone half of the retro until mid July 2021. The truth is the UFT agreed to postpone the retro and the arbitrator just wrote what the agreement between the UFT and the City-DOE says.
From NYC Educator:
Why did union agree to split lump sum? Union did not agree. Arbitrator made the decision, and we agreed to no layoffs and guaranteed raise. That's agreement.
"Union did not agree...That's agreement."
Only in Michael Mulgrew's world, or maybe Trump's or Cuomo's or de Blasio's, could someone say this and expect anyone to believe it.
Read the consent award for yourself to know that Mulgrew is still not telling the truth on the issue.
The arbitrator's own words:
I implored and pressured the parties to explore a possible resolution to this matter. They asked me to work with them to find a proper solution. The parties then requested I memorialize that settlement in this consent award that is set forth below.
Before writing the actual DOE-UFT agreement, the arbitrator states:
Accordingly, as a result of my intercession with the parties, it is agreed: (bold added by me)
He then writes up the agreement that says when half the money is due:
...by no later than October 31, 2020. The remainder of the payment shall be made in the second payroll of July 2021.
I do not believe the UFT is even going to hold the DOE-City to that agreement. This is Arthur citing Mulgrew on the per session retro:
Retro for per session should follow same path as other retro.
I gather that means it will be after October 31. Retirees probably won't get the money until later than October 31 too. No wonder why the city-DOE keeps going back on their written word with Mulgrew. He repeatedly lets them get away with it.
As for going fully remote if NYC gets the expected third wave of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months that I hope and pray we avoid but fear is already on the way, Mulgrew offers little hope:
We're focused on getting schools open. Data shows it's relatively safe right now, but we can't be too sure. We will likely be in this setting for rest of school year.
The main reason for low infection rates in schools is that there are so few students (see below) and staff in many of them. The majority of student families have chosen full-time remote learning. A substantial number of UFTers and other employees are working remotely too, some in spite of getting zero help from their union.