The City/Department of Education continues to treat teachers and the schools with nothing but contempt. We learned on Monday night at the UFT Executive Board that the city is still trying to make all of us pay more money for a paid parental leave benefit than they will grant in benefits.
We also found out that the city is going to close multiple schools rather than giving them the proper supports they need such as lower class sizes. UFT Secretary Howie Schoor actually admitted to the Executive Board that we disagree with some of the closings. That is as close as we have gotten to an objection from our union's leaders.
On the same day, however, another public employee union in the city, The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, announced they were sending members out to Iowa to remind the public who Mayor Bill de Blasio really is. They are protesting his speech to progressives telling them that de Blasio is not pro-labor.
From the NY Post:
“Our members are making this trip to tell progressives in Iowa and across the country about the real Bill de Blasio. He says he’s a friend of working people, but when it comes to his own employees, he is anti-worker and anti-union,” said Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch.
“If he is going to stand up before Iowa voters and union members and promise he’s a friend to labor, then he needs to earn it.”
Wake up UFT: Bill de Blasio is not our friend.