Unity thinks we are better off with all of us having more observations.
During the question period, Secretary Howard Schoor even said that we don't have a right to statistics, such as how many of those alleged 3000 U rated teachers under the old system were charged in termination (3020a) hearings.
We also heard in Arthur Goldstein's report about a principal from hell at Tottenville High School. The UFT's response is they are working on it behind the scenes.
Also, as we predicted last week, Mulgrew is blaming the federal government for upcoming local budget blues as our contract comes due next year. I can just about guarantee the city will be broke by 2018 when our contract expires, no matter how well the economy or Wall Street are doing.
I will say it again ladies and gentlemen after reading this depressing report that we have two options:
1-Rise up en masse and vote out Mulgrew's Unity Caucus (almost impossible to do without a massive commitment from the rank and file)
2-Decertify the UFT as our union at the high school, middle school and/or elementary school level or all three together and start over as a new union (also very difficult requiring massive member involvement as 30% of teachers at each level must sign a decertification petition)
Conditions are not going to improve if we just sit around complaining (or blogging) or if we all stop paying union dues.
God knows we need a real union now more than ever.