Today (Wedensday) is the March Delegate Assembly. Sorry in advance for smart phone errors (edited Thursday early).
Mulgrew called for a moment of silence for victims of terrorism.
Supreme Court now divided 4-4. People know now who the people behind Friedrichs are. We will continue our Union Proud campaign. The agency fee issue will be decided if not now then soon.
People can work on Hillary Clinton campaign. AFT endorsed her.
Betty Rosa now Chancellor of Board of Regents. She was a teacher. We can work with State Ed Dept.
Un-timed tests: We are working with Chancellor Farina on meaning of students making progress so that we are not forcing kids to leave tests.
Lobby day: Large UFT contingent went to Albany.
We have had a rigorous discussion in NYSUT on changing evaluation law. Legislature wants to do this one. We have things like portfolios and authentic assessments. Other NYSUT locals want to go back to principals rating teachers exclusively. We want real learning to be part of evaluation. Some small locals want to use this too but others want to go back to principals having total control over rating teachers.
We want local control of evaluations.
Independent validators: We are trying to keep them in law.
100 hours PD not in for this year.
Artie Pepper on health agreement:
No premiums to our plans. We kept that from contract. We are meetings savings targets. This is a citywide agreement.
GHI still $15 for primary care copay. No copay if in Advantage Care.
Emergency room copay up to $150. Waived if admitted.
Internet doctor. Can Skype doctor for $15 copay. Called telemedicine.
Urgent care up to $50.
HIP : HIP preferred zero copay. Not in preferred network, $10 copay.
Discount for Weight-watchers.
As of July 1, zero copays for certain preventative things for GHI.
Mulgrew came back and thanked Artie.
Families for Excellent Schools says NYC public schools are unsafe and out of control.
Bad school year for charter schools. We fight with 4 chains of charter schools. NYC teachers public schools highest growth scores in state. Post and Daily News back to bashing us.
SESIS Arbitration 2
System can't be fixed. We expect to win a great deal of money again on this just like the first SESIS arbitration
Paras suspended without pay automatically if arrested. We are fighting that policy in arbitration too.
Pattern set by non union workers. Would cost us over $200 million. Mulgrew thinks we should keep pushing on this.
Celebration of school event. We need to talk about passion and promise for public education.
5K run Coney Island in April.
Spring conference. Chapter leaders designed PD.
President thanked officers for conferences on Saturdays.
He congratulated four teachers for achieving National Board Certification.
He recognized founders of UFT and sang happy birthday to UFT.
Staff Director Report
Union loud and proud campaign going on.
Staff Director Leroy Barr mentioned some other dates for upcoming events.
Ballots go out for UFT election on May 5. Please vote.
Q Social worker having work diverted to guidance counselor according to proposed regulations. What is UFT doing concerning social workers?
Mulgrew Answer: We don't support changes in regulations. Some children need clinical intervention. Told state not to tie city's hands.
Q What is cost of family leave?
A If we follow plan set by non union city workers, we would give up .5% salary increase and give back two days.
That pattern not acceptable to UFT but we have a plan to propose to city.
Q What are we doing about other anti worker court cases?
A People opposed to us want a total free market system. Right wing has other cases. Free speech vs agency fee has to be decided. Even if Scalia is dead, we can't rest on this case.
Q Are alternate assessments still tied toward our MOSL?
A Waiting for answer from state. Our position is it should not be used for MOSL this year. However, if we don't use tests, then 100% of evaluation is up to principal.
Q What can people expect for state 20% on evaluation?
A Can't use state generated growth score. It will revert to principal's judgment or a different test
Q What happened to hard to staff school differential?
A Part of discussion with DOE along with what happens with extended time next year.
Lauren Cohen from MORE introduced a resolution to decouple testing from evaluation.
Two points of order on not allowing us to advertise MORE on our resolutions. Both turned down by President.
Lauren said moratorium only covers one test. Others substituted. Value added is like a broken scale. It is always wrong. UFT should lead on saying judging teachers on student test scores is wrong. Connecticut de-linked the two successfully so there is precedent.
Emil Pietramonaco spoke against saying we could get something authentic. We don't want 100% principals judging us.
Unity voted resolution down but it did get some support. I would say around 30%.
Special orders of Business
Mel Aaronson motivated a recognition of 56th anniversary of UFT. It carried unanimously.
Resolution to support Professional Staff Congress was next (CUNY teachers). They have been at impasse for years. We support PSC. Resolution was amended
by its maker to restore 1/2 billion dollar cut to CUNY.
It carried unanimously.
Receivership finally came up after months of waiting. Janella Hinds motivated the Unity resolution after offering a technical amendment. The UFT opposes receivership.
I was able to offer the MORE Amendment to repeal the entire law that created receivership. My case was simple: Receivership is the law so the only way to get rid of it is to repeal the law. A friendly State Ed Department can only write regulations. The law that says teachers and others must reapply for their jobs is on the books. Teachers in Buffalo will be laid off if they aren't rehired by the receiver's committee regardless of seniority or tenure status. The only way to fix this is to repeal the law. Other parts of the law called the Education Transformation Act of 2015 which also includes test based teacher evaluations and at least 4 years to get tenure.
To get this law repealed we have the political wind at our back. The governor is unpopular on education and opt-out is going well. The parents are with us (and we also have a new Chancellor of the Board of Regents who seems friendly).
Vice President for Middle Schools Rich Mantel responded by saying we can't throw out the baby with the bath water. There are good things in the law we don't want to lose.
We lost the vote by about 2 to 1 with some not voting at all.
Two more resolutions passed. One condemned Islamophobia and another supported the Chicago Teachers Union.
Final take on tonight: Unity voted in favor of student test results being used to evaluate teachers twice.
If anyone can find parts we like in the educational Transformation act, please tell us.