The Executive Board was in-person only tonight but not Executive session. I did not attend.
However, reports are filtering out that the 7 opposition high school representatives introduced resolutions on standing up to abusive administrators and for the UFT to reverse course and oppose changing City Administrative Code 12-126 to protect healthcare for active and retired UFTers.
Unity naturally voted against the resolution on standing up to abusive administrators.
Unity also voted down opposition's resolution to keep Administrative Code 12-126 to preserve our healthcare.
You can read a full report on tonight's meeting from New Action's Nick Bacon, a High School Exec Bd member.
Aviation High School Chapter Leader Ibeth Mejia has allowed us to print in full her argument in support of the healthcare resolution.
Ibeth Mejia, Aviation HS, High School Executive Board:
I support the UFT changing course to come out in opposition to amending Administrative Code 12-126. Most retirees do not want to be forced into a privatized Medicare Advantage plan where some health insurance company can get even richer on our backs. Strong unions like the UFT should be taking on these insurance giants. 12-126 gives us a nice benchmark plan with the HIP-HMO rate. Leave it alone and find savings elsewhere. The Taylor Law protects healthcare collective bargaining rights. It is a mandatory subject of bargaining.The moratorium clause is part of a state law that protects school district retirees in NY. I am not a lawyer but I like our chances if the City or Arbitrator Sheinman try to impose something unpopular on our retirees or active people. Privatized Medicare is unpopular. This is from Workbites.
Council Member Joann Ariola (R-Queens) told Work-Bites she had fielded thousands of queries from constituents on the Medicare Advantage controversy and that it was running 10 to 1 against making the change in the Administrative Code sought by Mayor Adams and the MLC leadership.
Brooklyn Council Member Charles Barron, (D-Brooklyn) said he was “100 percent with the retirees…because I think they have to keep the commitment they have because it’s beneficial for those who paid their dues and I think the Medicare Advantage approach is privatizing."
"Healthcare costs are out of control,” said Council Member Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan). "I have been lobbied by both sides but at this point, I am supportive of the retirees.”
That is a Republican, a left wing Democrat and a more moderate Democrat I just cited.
Now I would like to cite a past UFT President: the legendary AL Shanker. He said the Union should avoid splitter issues. By seeing what the Council Members are saying, this is clearly a splitter issue. It is the MLC leaderships and their supporters against the rank and file retirees.
Change course. Let's play this out. If the MLC leadership gets a bill in front of the Council, there have to be public hearings. I can pretty much guarantee the MLC leadership will be standing against 9-11 survivors and heroes who will be at the Council en masse to oppose this change to 12-126 that will force them into privatized Medicare. Please don't do it. There is no MLC consensus on revising 12-126. Most of the uniform unions who are quite popular oppose changing 12-126 and they blame the UFT for leading this battle. Don't split the labor movement and don't try to balance the City books on the backs of retirees by privatizing their healthcare. We need to buy time until we can work for a national single payer system like every developed nation on earth has except for the USA.
I suggest putting together a blue ribbon panel as has been proposed. Find other ways to save money with new audits and other savings but please leave the 12-126 as it is and support this resolution.