The UFT did not respond to our letter faxed on April 13, 2015 asking for time at the next Executive Board meeting to make our case on why Absent Teacher Reserves and Leave Replacement Teachers are entitled to a UFT Chapter. We belong to no UFT Chapter and need representatives of our own choosing because of our unique status within the union.
The next scheduled Executive Board meeting after we sent our letter was Monday, April 27, 2015. This was the last meeting before May Chapter elections.
It is no surprise that we did not hear back from President Michael Mulgrew but AFT President Randi Weingarten did reply. She told us the AFT had to wait to see what the UFT did. ATR John Silvers spoke during the open microphone period at the Executive Board but we have heard nothing officially regarding our letter.
Since the UFT has ignored our pre-election complaint, it is on to the AFT.
Here is our email to Randi that was sent on Monday.
Update: Please read our follow-up post on how the UFT did respond but the email did not come through because an extra s was added to my email address. We have informed everyone involved.
Good day Randi,
Absent Teacher Reserves and Leave Replacement Teachers in the United Federation of Teachers sent the attached letter to UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 13, 2015 as an official pre-election complaint. The letter was sent via fax and email. The letter was faxed a second time on Friday, April 24, 2015 requesting time on today's agenda to discuss our complaint.
Tonight, April 27, 2015 the UFT Executive Board is meeting. This will be the last Executive Board meeting before Chapter Elections begin. There is one item on supporting a parade on the agenda that should not be controversial and there are other routine items.
There certainly could have been time for ATR's to make the case for a Chapter. However, our letter requesting time at the next meeting has inexplicably been ignored by President Mulgrew.
As the Executive Board decides electoral disputes within the UFT and Chapter Elections can begin on Friday, May 1, we are asking the American Federation of Teachers to intervene immediately to resolve this dispute. We believe our duty to fair representation has been violated.
Please get back to us as soon as possible. Our democratic rights are at stake.