Archive for April, 2022



Executive Board Minutes, 4-11-2022

6:02 PM, Mulgrew starts (on way to another meeting): Over the weekend had a phenomenal high school ceremony, thanks Janella Hinds, talks of all the fun. Said lots of fun at middle school event, thanks Rich. Had a whole bunch of friends at Black and Puerto Rican caucus, says to make sure to get tested. This Thursday will be the ‘listen up’ – great group of teachers talking to people in power over education. Last night before the break, want to end it working as much as we can.

Budget: Thanks everyone for efforts. We did really well, because of the lobbying of this union. We’ve gotten creative due to the pandemic. 475 million dollar increase, CFE is fully funded. It’s done, never thought we’d get there. Mental health, 100 million dollars for schools – community, etc. Teacher center up to 20+ million. United Community Schools, not DOE, 450,000 from NYS. Well done to Karen. Childcare, big boost: from 200 to 300%. Got market rate moved positively, thanks Tammy.

Tier 6: Thanks Debra Penny. Asked them to do a Tier 4 analysis, a long fight. In 1983, Tier 4 was passed, no one happy. First year of reform was 1998, 15 years after initial passing to start undoing that damage. 2012, Tier 6 on a Thursday night at 11:45 PM, had a bad phone call. 2022, and we have started the reform of Tier 6. Major piece driving Mulgrew crazy, we’ve had 11,000 members leave under Tier 6. When they see they’re working til 63, that’s not going to work. Forget the contributions they have to pay that other tiers don’t have to. The entire AFL-CIO, our trustees, were all working on this, a collaboration across the state. Vesting is now 5 years instead of 10. None of our members will ever know this. There is a 2 year lag. For this year, your contributions will be based off of what you made in 2020. Last year, we had all sorts of extra money paid to different titles. On top, we won thousands of operational complaints that led to multi-thousand dollar checks, and this won’t count toward pension contributions. Big deal. We’re saying as a union that we have just started the journey to fix this. We’ve never had 11,000 people leave in the first ten years of a tier. Thanks everyone again for doing that lobbying. Thanks everyone for getting to this point.

Down 2,000 safety agents, so we can’t do a safe corridors program. Need to be able to get students away from schools safely. Tragic events.

LeRoy Barr: Moves to accept all minutes; they pass unanimously.

Ballots are out. People are holding them up on the screen. Please spread the word, they should have come in a golden envelope. Tell people to look for the envelope, fill it out, and send it back. We want a high voter turnout. Don’t wait for after the vacation. Due back by May 9th, but we’re not waiting until May 9th. Vote right away.

Next DA is Wednesday, 4/13. New May date is 5/25.

Report from Districts:

Rich Mantell: Middle school conference, big success. Shout out to Jamie Polzin for her class. May 14th, 5K in Coney Island. Raising money for schools in Ukraine.

Anthony Harmon: Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, acknowledges Janella Hinds who was given an award at the labor luncheon. Thanks United Community Schools people.

Janella Hinds: Acknowledges Anthony Harmon for chairing the labor luncheon. Friday, academic high school awards were held in Shanker Hall. Was amazing to have people there again. Celebrated 2022 and 2021 award winners. Thanks everyone who was able to join as Shanker Hall was transferred into a lovely cocktail space to celebrate the award winners.

(Name missed): College scholarships going out a week from today. Issue with web portal, figuring it out. Acknowledges Liz Perez, newest trustee. Thanks for income threshold increase. More can apply now.

Special Order of Business: In Support of Starbucks and Amazon Unions:

Arthur Goldstein speaks to resolution: Starbucks and Amazon run by billionaires who don’t want unions, which is a disgrace. Some really bad conditions in the US for a number of decades now. The cure to many of those conditions is unions. The resolution says the union is the creation of middle class, that stands against bigotry, racism, and discrimination. MLK was a big proponent of unions. We need to support these people. It’s important that we do everything we can do spread unionism.

Janella: Asks for support on the resolution. 62nd anniversary for our union. Young people are out here doing it, and it’s on us to support those who want to organize.

Amy Arundell: Chris Smalls, Amazon union leader spoke at the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus event. A lot for us to learn in closed shops from young people organizing who can lose their jobs. This brings us back to our roots.

Resolution passes unanimously.

Special Order of Business, Election Complaints:

LeRoy Barr: This time I’ll read it slowly so everyone can understand. This challenge alleges improper use of union and employer resources as well as text violations.

Elections held this year. 2022 election committee has reps from each of the two caucuses running slates, Unity and United for Change. I recommend that the complaint be upheld and that United for Change be directed to cease all campaign activity on employer-paid time and cease all use of employer/union resources. United for Change should also remove identified members and end texting to people who don’t have consent.

  1. UFC sent campaign materials to people who did not subscribe to mailing list. UFC explains that their distribution list comes from EONYC and MORE mailing lists, both of which are part of UFC. In addition, members can sign up in many other places to get mailings. Unclear how they got on mailing list, but no violation. It should be rejected.
  2. Members called teachers on school hours during instructional time. Call was passed through to her classroom. This is a clear violation of LMRDA. While it is unknown if the member was on their own DOE time, they were calling a DOE line to talk to a teacher. No reason to know if UFC knew they were calling a DOE number, but when a secretary answered the call, they should have hung up. This allegation should be upheld. UFC should be directed to not call members at school during school hours.
  3. UFC texted members who have not subscribed to a UFC phone list. There is a text campaign being sent out to people who never subscribed. Again, the UFC list is an amalgam of lists from MORE and EONYC, both part of the coalition, among other ways. Unclear how member phone number came onto the list. Accordingly, UFC lists may be a violation. Telephone Consumer Protection Act. UFC should remove person from contact list and cease making texts to people from whom they don’t have consent.
  4. One UFC candidate used DOE email to send campaign, asking for non-DOE emails. This is a clear violation, and the UFC candidate seems to be aware of this since she asked for non-DOE emails, but used employer resources to do this. Attempts were made to reach her to see if she took a personal day, but she was unavailable. Regardless, this is a violation, so the allegation should be upheld. Cease and desist.
  5. UFC used a UFT google group to seek assistance on UFC campaigning, specifically on inexpensive copying. Candidate should be asked to cease and desist. Mike Sill takes motion to accept. So moved. No one speaks for or against. Unanimously passes. Motion to adjourn.

New Action Flyer, March 2022

New Action/UFT

a caucus of the United Federation of Teachers

615 77th Street, Brooklyn, New York 11209

https://newaction.wordpress.com/

              March 2022

NEW ACTION/UFT PROPOSALS FOR CONTRACT DEMANDS

  1. Pay raises in line with surrounding districts
  2. Maximum salary should be reached in 10 years like many other unions
  3. Reduce class size in every division
  4. Reduce caseloads of counselors, school psychologists, and other titles
  5. No agreement to place new hires into HMOs 
  6. End Fair Student Funding/Return to Unit Costing to end discrimination/harassment of veteran teachers
  7. Fight the attacks on Chapter Leaders and chapter members
  8. Fight abusive principals and place abusers on a UFT Watch List/Send teams into these schools
  9. Reinstitute seniority transfers
  10. End ATR pool by placement in vacancies
  11. Work to end school segregation
  12. Work to increase staff diversity
  13. Restore the right to grieve letters in the file
  14. Allow members to challenge principal’s judgment on observation reports
  15. Remove the Danielson Framework and decouple test scores from evaluations. Reform the evaluation system to be teacher led.
  16. Set penalties for administrators who repeatedly violate class size provisions

EXPOSE THE “WE DO THE WORK” SHAM OF UNITY CAUCUS

The hollow “We do the work” claim of Unity’s propaganda machine belies the fact that they have stood idly by as our conditions deteriorated.

Where was Unity when the City and MLC attempted to foist a privatized Medicare “Dis”Advantage plan on retirees. Mulgrew LED the effort to put 250,000 municipal workers on this plan. And Unity minions tried to promote this privatization as a great benefit for UFT retirees. Thanks for all your work!

Where was Unity on the health care of in-service members. In the last contract Unity supported a 2-Tier system that places new members in HIP for the first year. This was and is a disgrace. In the next contract will the City and our union agree to put new members in an HMO for the duration of their probation to pay for the $600,000,000 the UFT and MLC promised to save the City? Thanks for all your work!

Where was Unity as our members were forced onto Tier 6. It’s an opportune time to press our elected friends that we’ve helped put in office to CALL FOR IMPROVEMENTS IN THE PENSION TIERS. We’ve done it before. But Unity hasn’t made any concrete moves to fight for this. Thanks for all your work!

Where was Unity all these many years in the fight to lower class size. Yes, there were improvements we won at the City Council level but when those expired there was no real fight. There have been NO REDUCTIONS IN OVER 50 YEARS. Instead, year after year the UFT has pitted salary increases against a reduction in class size. Thanks for all your work!

Where was Unity when teacher evaluations were tied to bogus test scores. Where was Unity when evaluations became a sham. Not so long ago their leaders were arguing that teachers wanted more observations.  Thanks for all your work!

Where was Unity when our Chapter Leaders and as well as our members came under attack by abusive principals. Unity dropped the once successful “Principals in Need of Improvement” (PINI) program. We have to ask why Unity leaders eliminated this program. Thanks for all your work!

New Action/UFT is a proud member of UNITED FOR CHANGE!            

THIS APRIL VOTE THE ENTIRE UNITED FOR CHANGE SLATE   

New Action is the oldest opposition caucus in the United Federation of Teachers. Formed in the mid 1980’s, New Action has a 40- year record of accomplishments. Our history goes back as the main opposition to the Vietnam War and the struggle to pull our pension funds from companies doing business with the South African apartheid regime. New Action lead the fight for salary parity in the 1990’s. New Action led the fight against Mayor Bloomberg’s Stop and Frisk policy.

But early on we set our sights on addressing the improvement of working conditions and for a more democratic union. Up to the present day we have witnessed a continuing decline in the day to day life of UFT members. We can say, the situation has never been worse in our schools.

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