Sunday, November 20, 2016


Our old friend and former Jamaica High School colleague Chaz did a great job of presenting at Saturday's Absent Teacher Reserve forum. Chaz gave out a great deal of information in his presentation and then fielded numerous questions from about 40 Absent Teacher Reserves who gave up their Saturday to attend the ATR meeting at CUNY in Manhattan.

Norm Scott and UFT Executive Board member Arthur Goldstein also made significant contributions as did the ATRs in attendance who were a knowledgeable, spirited group.

Some of the topics covered were:

  • The history of the ATR mess
  • The 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014 (now expired) ATR agreements
  • Rights of ATRs
  • Contacting Mike Sill/Amy Arundell at the UFT if an ATR's rights are being violated
  • Filing grievances
  • Attempts to organize ATRs
  • Age discrimination
  • Difficulty in getting hired permanently
  • Provisional positions
  • Problem codes for people who are 3020a hearing survivors
  • Weekly, monthly, or yearly rotations-What works best?
  • Organizing ourselves
  • ATR's having a class for six months being covered under Danielson

People also shared legal strategies that worked. 

A major highlight for me was when Chaz told everyone who survived a 3020 (termination) hearing that they won because the Board of Ed was trying to fire them and the Board was not successful. Sometimes, people feel a little down after being targeted, often without legitimate cause. To see ATRs being told to feel good about themselves was uplifting. 

I was also super-impressed when there was an energetic call in the group for a follow-up meeting. 

My main contribution was to tell teachers to document, document and then document some more at the first sign of trouble. 

I want to thank my wife for watching our two kids and then talking with many of the ATRs at the end of the meeting.

If anyone needs to file a grievance on something such as an improper observation, email us at We can walk you through the process. Also, please email us if you need other documents.


Anonymous said...

this is what you get when the dems that the uft loves gets things their way, fucking black trash, doing what our students do...

CHICAGO—A 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were charged with first-degree murder Sunday in the killing of the teenage grandson of U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, police said.

The pair were arrested in connection with an incident Friday evening, when the 15-year-old grandson of the long-serving Democratic congressman was fatally shot in the head at his home on the city’s South Side.

Police identified the boy as Javon Wilson, but a press release from Rep. Davis gave his first name as Jovan. The Congressman’s office couldn’t immediately be reached to comment.

A police spokesman said the shooting might have been the result of a swap of a pair of pants for a pair of gym shoes that went awry.

In an emotional press conference Friday evening, Rep. Davis described his grandson as a typical 15-year-old who loved sports, according to local media reports.

“I guess that I always knew that the possibility existed that it could happen close to me,” said the Democrat, who is serving his 11th term. “As a matter of fact, I thought it was so unfortunate because Jovan had just reached a point, 15, his grades had improved at school.”

Chicago has been experiencing a surge in murders this year, with the total topping 600 earlier this month, the highest since 2003.

Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the posting. What we get with Republicans is our jobs are put in jeopardy.

Anonymous said...

No. You had Obama, deblasio, Schumer, secretary clinton, etc...all dems. How's the job lately?

Anonymous said...

yeah, ya know, with all due respect, you guys keep making excuses. its gonna get worse, its already worse. above is a news report, more blacks killing blacks, in a dem city.

Anonymous said...

while obama lets them out of jail early.

Anonymous said...

actually, ny has been nothing but dem since guiliani. bloomberg wasnt republican. thats decades, and look at this trash, collapsed school systems.

Anonymous said...

Thanks James, MORE/ICEUFT, Chaz for the meeting. Unfortunately, I couldn't attend.

Anonymous said...

The bachelor's degree gap between white and minority students has grown since the 1970s

Anonymous said...

Enjoy life under Trump. You guys will like living in a right to work for less country. Happy sailing you proud members of the white race.

What do you want those of us who read this to do, say we are all wrong and black people are terrible and we are now fortunate to have Donald Trump who meets with anti-union Eva Moskowitz right after being elected?

Your hatred of blacks is so strong that you will cut off your nose to spite your face and you keep commenting here saying the same things over and over. Why?

I want to thank Chaz for doing a great job on Saturday. Very informative.

Anonymous said...

Maybe if the criminality stopped or ifthe respect and some sense of self responsibility started, people wouldnt say these things. Like if the stats ever changed, or if I didnt see the same faces in the newspaper and on the news every day.

Anonymous said...

Hey, who shot all those cops over the weekend? Asians?

Anonymous said...

NY Post. pastor wants eric garner cop terminated. because as guy who has 9 kids and has been arrested 39 times is an angel. and of course, no job, cradle to grave welfare.

Anonymous said...

The more important issue is our fight against people like rhee and moskowitch. We as a union need to figure out our plan of attack. I did not attend the ATR meeting this past saturday due to the fact that right now EVERYONE is an ATR. Our entire existence is at stake now and its not just about ATRs any more. We ALL in the UFT are now fighting for our lives and not just ATRs people. We need to focus our energies on that rather than still mocking on about the ATR crisis and the issues ATRs have to deal with. No, now the game has changed and EVERYONE needs to pitch in otherwise trouble lies ahead no matter who you are.