Tuesday, December 19, 2017


MORE'S Mike Schirtzer sent this out as Arthur Goldstein couldn't make it but Arthur did put up his own spoof of a meeting which was not too far off. The real report is right here.

Open Mike

No speakers-everyone is bitterly disappointed says (UFT Secretary Howie) Schoor.

Ex bd and adcom Minutes approved.

President will not be here

Staff director Leroy Barr is
Barr-upcoming Wednesday 6-8pm emergency tax protest sponsored by Manhattan borough president and Scott Stringer- at John Jay college
Asking people to come out
Final vote by Congress on tax package may be this week.
Rewards the rich takes away from middle class

Contract committee is meeting 1/10 all members of ex bd are on.
Must sign confidentiality agreement.
Will hear foundation and where we are going.
Next ex bd is 1/8.

Mike- Ctle/PD hours can hours we do in school count? Will the doe train our people in the schools?- UFT is licensed we don’t know  Doe plan, they can bring in UFT, but they do not have any formalized plan yet
Class size violations- How many oversized classes are there?- Need report- DOE sent us numbers-next ex bd we will report back.
Maternity/parental leave- demonstration possible, no progress, we will not take a bad deal. Every formula they show up with benefits city, hurts us, we need numbers that are fair and work for us. If we don’t get something soon we’ll take action.

Kj- consolidation, staff will go by excess rules.
One school may be working well, another isn’t- we are in agreement with doe- small schools made during Bloomberg admin, 2 JHS in same building, better to combine and cut down on administration. We will propose combining excess lists. Get full list.
We had people in those schools this morning that are being closed or consolidated to speak with our members.
Some of those we agree with doe, some we do not.

Jonathan- Janella and I formed a committee on specialized schools, Janella testified in front of city council on integration- can we consider task force on high school admission process which sets up schools and children to be winner or losers.
Janella answers – I participated on diversity task force set up by mayor- it will be up and running for next year on diversity, access, and equity. We will cover admissions process, there will be DoE offcials and students along with me on this committee. We need to figure out pathway and what admissions will look like.

District report
Howie Schoor:
We now represent people who work in borough offices for DOE, over 90% yes vote.
City managers-lost on parental leave, that’s why they came with us. They got 2 and 2 percent raises, they lost holidays, so we got them a lot of things back. Happy about approval contract. Over half of chapter came in person at borough offices and they really appreciated UFT. If we weren’t here DOE would do same things to our members and take stuff from us too. Thanks everyone who helped. They are great people and smart. They will have a chapter leader. DOE is not very happy, this is their managers.

Mel –treasurer-something nice in tax law, part of the proposed tax bill was tax profits of pensions, which would have taken money from us and our pensions. We fought and kept that provision out, that bill passed, but pensions will be safe.

Paul Egan-legislative report- Paul mentions how Eagles beat Giants.
We want a speaker of the city council that we can work with,. Before Christmas we will know who it is. Looks like someone from Queens or Bronx. That will be in place before we come back.

Ex bd vacancies
Dwayne Clark nominates  Sung lee CL of community school, very active-comes to every event, rallies, great asset to UFT- he is young and engergetic –young dad wants to stay active. Great asset to elementary division.
Hereby elected since no other nominees.

Leroy Barr nominates Elizabeth Perez. She started as bilingual teacher at PS 160, worked tirelessly at UFT, served as special rep and political action coordinator and now is leader of Brooklyn office. She is taking on tyranny of administrators and modified many of their behaviors.
Hereby elected since no other nominees.

Jonathan New Action nominates Kate Martin Bridge.
She is a math teacher and chapter leader, was a NYS auditor before that, has been active as a delegate, has been helpful in those that have been excessed. Stepped in as CL for small school. Previously served as HS ex bd member.
Hereby elected since no other nominees.


Anonymous said...

Same old, same old. Dont bother

James Eterno said...

No, Unity did not oppose MORE-NEW ACTION replacing a high school member who resigned. I guess that's progress.

Anonymous said...

Same corruption and lies. Leroy when are you going to retire?

Anonymous said...

There are definitely out of touch.

Francesco Portelos said...

C'mon really? Unity did not oppose and easily take another seat? They just gave you the vacancy to toy with you? You guys... smh.

James Eterno said...

In the olden days, Unity would take the extra seat when one of our people retired or resigned. Now they let us keep it. No big gain but a small gesture in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to figure this CTLE stuff out. We're 1.5 years into the 5 year cycle and pretty much nothing is available or figured out except for the greedy UFT charging $75 for an 8 hour class and giving a 3 or 4 hour credit. These should be free and on school time. The 5 year cycle should restart whenever they figure it out.