Tonight's Executive Board report from Arthur Goldstein is a must-read. There is plenty of news that Arthur reported on. We'll try to highlight what we think is important and give some commentary.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew--ERI--Problem was city wanted to increase rather than decrease head count--lots of federal money. Wasn't about titles anymore. They just didn't want to cooperate, and do not want people to retire. They can't fill the need in many titles. It was us, DC37 and DSA. Once federal money came in, city changed position.
The UFT knew the federal money was on the way in January when Ossoff and Warnock gave the Democrats control of the Senate. The stimulus was passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in early March. Why push for the ERI in Albany in April and waste political capital if theUFT knew de Blasio was no longer behind it?
We are expecting teacher evaluation to be waived again. Not passed yet. Thanks to everyone for staying on top of issues.
So after everyone has useless observations, waive the evaluation. Why didn't the UFT-NYSUT spend some political capital to get this done much earlier?
Next year--not sure about masks for next year.
Politics--very stormy out there--Thanks to people who are doing phone banks. We have challenges on mayoral side. No one knows what to do with ranked choice voting. We have some bad people trying to stop us.
I'll have more on the mayor's race when I have time. We should be ranking more than one.
Retro--Agreement said we would get it on second paycheck in July. City has agreed to do it on separate check July 22nd. People have been asking for that. Worked for both them and us. If you want to change TDA you have to move quickly.
Debra Penny--Email will come tomorrow. You can change back from July 1 to 15th. Will be email tomorrow.
Retirees and per session will probably be late as usual but at least that is the end to this 12 year fleecing of UFTers.
What will happen now is if ATR has a positive rating, they will be placed permanently. Has cost a lot of money. Principals were reluctant to hire senior teachers.
Mike Sill--Has been a long fight. They tried to make people miserable via weekly rotation and senior teachers had it rough. Now they will be placed permanently and their positions will be funded. Amazing how principals' issues disappear when money comes with them. Our enemies won't be able to use existence of this pool against us anymore.
Mulgrew--This is common sense. Talking with DOE, trying to open up everything officially. Governor said today that all COVID safety procedures are gone when everything hits 70%. We have an agreement that when this ends, grievances and arbitrations are open. First will be spring break.
No apology from the UFT for agreeing to the ATR pool in the first place in 2005.
Thanks to Mike Schirtzer for bringing up Bryant and the time schedule:
Bad principals--Keep filing things, stay on top of them and shine a late. Less than normal craziness this year, but always bad apples.
Bryant--lots of turnover, terrible ratings, what can we do?
We will keep pushing issue, and at end we usually get result. Shame it can't be automatic. Principals say we make things up. Bryant on radar.
Single session--Will we go back?
This was about getting parent teacher conference remote, and we also got pre-approved SBOs. You don't have to fight at school level. Elementary can have 30 minutes in morning for planning. We can sunset it on yearly basis. We are filing impact bargaining claim against principals who insist on digital classrooms for next year. Sent letter today.
No, Mr. Mulgrew, you do still have to fight it at the school level because the default schedule is marathon Mondays and Tuesdays so if a principal doesn't want the SBO, it's dead unless I am misreading the Contract. If so, we will gladly update.
Another issue was June 26th being a full day. The UFT is working on getting time to pack up rooms.