First UFT Delegate Assembly of the 2017-18 school year is today. Sorry in advance for any errors from the smartphone.
Michael Mulgrew started by having a moment of silence for Mark Schaefer, long time CL, who passed away.
UFT proud of what we do. Showed UFT commercial. Teachers who made commercial introduced themselves.
Janus, other craziness. State and city budgets start July 1. No common sense about federal government. President proposes getting rid of children's health program. State will pick it up but state looking at $4 billion hole. City doing OK but if federal cut goes through, state will have $8 billion hole. State and city cannot do budgets because of federal situation. Education cut to bone in many states around the country. Instability in DC will impact states and cities soon.
Disasters: UFT there in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican union distributing aid through their building. We will help in California too.
Word has gotten out about ConCon. Email Paul Egan if you want a lawn sign. 600 organizations involved, not just unions. Conservative party head in odd coalition with us.
Are we talking to colleagues to vote no on constitutional convention? Magnets to vote no. Nov 7 election day also anniversary of first UFT strike in 1960. Mayor's race also. Happy enemies are reluctantly conceding point that school system is doing better.
SUNY changed regulations for charter schools so it is easy to certify teachers. Turnover rate 40% a year in charters and 50%in Eva's schools. We sued them. Teaching is a profession. Board of Regents looking to have new accountability for charter schools. First charter school high school started with over 70 kids and now has 18. There will be 100% graduation of the 18 that are left. Happy Board of Regents will hold charters accountable. Public schools have 76% high school gradutation rate even with kids sometimes moving to different schools within the system.
Year off to good start until student was murdered in class in the Bronx. Young staff. Signs were there and DOE did nothing. Angry at DOE. Why do they give surveys if they ignore that there were bullying problems?
Thanks people at school.
Emphasize consultations. Superintendents on our radar now that we have information from hundreds of chapter leaders. If superintendents won't deal with issues, we will deal with it at central level. DOE has sent out instructions to resolve class size grievances. Bring it up in consultation.
Good results from paperwork complaints from last year. Chapters have power to stop five page unit plans and curriculum maps.
Certain things should be exceptions.
Procedures set up to ask for conciliation on line.
Money from grievance went out. SESIS inquiry on UFT website.
Lump Sum Payment
By next week everyone should get it. Since it is wages, it is taxable and union dues come out.
Based on matrix. Pick multiple measures. We went from 3000 U ratings to 214 ineffectives. Principals and Superintendents think we are usurping their authority. Does anyone want to go back to principal's having total control over ratings?
We raised over $1 million this weekend. Thanks borough coordinators.
Raffle to raise more money.
Trying to get DOE to partner with us. Must be certified CTLE course that state certifies with attendance and proper insructor. DOE has finally agreed to partner with us. PD in contract. Some schools have PD that counts.
ELL conference 1200 showed up last Saturday. Chancellor there. Might have had a breakthrough with DOE on CTLE because of this.
Artie Pepper wins Cogen award at Teacher Union Day. UFT did 1.4 million prescriptions last year.Among 1% who have no premiums for healthcare.
UFT welcome center open.
5600 teachers hired this fall.
Janus: We will probably take a brutal loss according to lawyers in case and become a right to work country. Goal is to weaken unions. We stand in right wing's way. UFT largest local in country. We will be targeted. Goal of right wing is to take away our ability to stand up to them. UFT trying to visit every member at home. Some visits will be tough. Need a group of people to be trained and go door to door. Need face to face contact. Need delegates to do this work. Will give a stipend for this work.
Staff Director's Report
Leroy Barr asked about people to sign up for campaign to go door to door to talk to members. Want to talk to over 100,000 members.
Phone banks open for Nov 7 election. Turn ballot over to back to vote no on con con. Need people to get involved.
Other dates announced. New teacher meet and greet, etc...Next DA November 8
Negotiating with city on paid family leave. City coming in right direction but they still want us to pay for it. Don't want march of the onesies.
Question: Do we have to upload daily lesson plans on Google docs?
Answer: It is ritualized collection of lesson plans even if it is electronic.
Q March on Albany on new charter certification requirements. Are colleges impacted by dumbing down certification requirements?
A: Governor did not do this. Governor has pivoted. He wants to win back Congress. We have lots of enemies. Have to work with people we might not like on certain issues.
Q: Pension money used for affordable housing?
A: Yes it happens. Trustees vote on investments and they get returns. Pension funds growing.
Q: Advisory ratings issued. How to ensure they aren't used against us?
A: It is in state law that they must be issued.
Q: Is it insubordination not to follow principal's strong suggestions?
Q: We have to report on kids what about teachers who are harrassed?
A:No, call Office of Equal Opportunity.
Q:Teachers writing annual goals?
A: Post consultation notes and contact Debbie Poulos.
Q:Why don't we get Vets Day off?
A: DOE policy. It is not in contract.
Special Orders of Business
One resolution was on preserving DACA, one on aiding hurricane and wild fire victims and one on supporting NYC March for climate justice.
Nothing controversial. All passed. The DACA resolution was amended to not let Nicole Malliotakis sue to get NYC ID info out.