The UFT is apparently using the leverage the law gives us regarding the new evaluation system and the DOE is not happy about it. Therefore, the DOE has gone to the Public Employees Relations Board to file a charge against the Union.
It seems the UFT is linking an evaluation agreement to reaching agreements on how the new system will be implemented, which schools will be closed or phased out, reduction in paperwork and a salary increase.
Good negotiating guys! It's more than likely just a coincidence that the phone calls referred to in the DOE PERB charge took place on December 6 and the ICEUFT piece that was linked by Gotham on evaluations was posted on December 2. We probably had nothing to do with it but we are indeed satisfied that the UFT leadership is at least talking tough in negotiations.
I think this is hopeful news. Yes the UFT might just be saber rattling but I think President Mulgrew and lead negotiator Michael Mendel are fully aware that they cannot sell a lousy agreement on evaluations (the only kind the DOE would ever agree to) to the membership.
I do not believe PERB has the authority to impose a settlement so basically the public relations battle is starting over who is to blame if and when the city loses $250 million in state aid because there is no agreement on a new evaluation system.
You can read the DOE complaint in its entirety in the middle of the Post article that is linked above and I urge everyone to take the time to do so.
Hope you are all enjoying your vacation.