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 ICEUFT@gmail.com. We can walk you through the process. Also, please email us if you need other documents.