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Substitute Rights, Healthcare, Buses, 6th Classes, and a No to Action Committee – UFT Executive Board, 9/19/2022

Open Mic: Crystal Mendez Covington:

Occupational therapist who has a child who is supposed to receive bussing. Matron has been great. Son has not been picked up. The offer is he is only being picked up at very odd hours – hours after school day begins. Having to take time off to bring him to school. What can be done.

S. Cohen: Aviation high school won an arbitration that non-‘shortage’ area classes should be paid the full rate, not just a coverage rate. But many teachers are afraid to file their own grievances to get that pay, not to mention the many teachers across the city. What about retirees – this affects their pension? We’re supposed to have 6 years to file. Can the union file a class-action grievance? What will Michael Mulgrew do?

Joseph Diodato: Was a substitute teacher and now am full-time. 2 issues: per diem members, and new teacher experience. Definitely a value to the new teacher experience, but our unionists deserve fair pay. Article 8-G specifies mandatory contractual obligations to new teacher week, but compensation is only daily $51.70 – about 55% of the minimum wage. How can this practice continue? Our contract should not trump state labor laws.

Substitute teachers aren’t being paid enough. We have to do better on advocating for teachers and making sure they get their relevant pay (e.g. O, Q, or Z-status). Long term teachers deserve to be paid for their labors.

 Routine Items

President’s Report:

Mulgrew: Moving to our first negotiating committee. Gonna be a lot of work to do, especially in terms of mobilization. Not going to be an easy negotiation. Focusing on a lot of things that have nothing to do with the bread of butter what makes the city work. Almost all unions are now out of a contract. In 2 weeks when we come in, we’ll strategize. Everyone is on notice. MLC does not feel good about it.

MOSL: Calendar is on Oct. 7 and closes on Oct. 22nd. Want a virtual quick training. Sep 29th at 4:30. Different ways to choose. Might have to wait if we don’t come to a decision.  CLs have to be on this. Schools made choices that were not in their best interest.

FSF is not equitable, despite what many say. Staffing positions should have nothing to do with a school’s budget. Often sped is cited as why, but if you look you’ll probably see an escalation of SPED noncompliance, so that can’t be right. Chancellor says he thinks the formula is wrong, but people on the committee in DC who originally designed this.

Question Period:

Mike Schirtzer: Asks if Crystal’s issue can be fixed.

Mulgrew: Busing has been smoother the last couple of years. There are consequences to how they do this.

Name missed: Do we think members will have time to make a decision?

Mulgrew: Working on it…

Alex Jallot: Fair student funding (FSF)? Who do we push to fix this and how?

Mulgrew: Not a subject of collective bargaining. So it’s mayoral control. Still working on it in committees and such.

Nick Bacon: Last year, a bill was signed which allowed districts to waive APPR. NYC didn’t bite. You (Mulgrew) signed that you agreed we shouldn’t have it. There were several problems with APPR last year – teachers/students were acclimating to the regular classroom while being afraid to socialize (making it hard to score well on things like 3B), and growth based MOSL scores were calculated on the basis of tests taken years apart. TIPs often set teachers up to be 3030a’d, because they give admin the right to micromanage teachers, and therefore to discipline teachers if they fall short of expectations that often exceed what is asked in the contract. Since UFT leadership opted not to make this a big fight, are we at least doing anything to protect teachers who might be 3021bd or 3020ad as a result of advance ratings that we didn’t have to have at all?

Mulgrew: Set up a system, can get information from Mary.

Approval of the Minutes

Lydia: why was there nothing on the agenda?

Leroy: Says we already voted. For the other complaints if you disagree, we’re saying go to AFT.

All minutes approved.

Staff Director’s Report

Many meetings, contract committee coming up. DA Oct 12th

Question Period

First question missed.

Mike Schirtzer: The disasters in Puerto Rico and elsewhere, anything on what the UFT can do? Keep us abreast.

LeRoy: AFT is keeping up with this. Puerto Rico is near and dear to us. We’re in full support in addition to our own outreach to our own folks.

Karen Alfred: Some communication from folks before the power went out in PR. Sending some help RE disaster relief. Tom Murphy has connected us.

Name Missed: We have one of the messed up MOSL. We’re all getting different numbers of observations. What is the rationale behind why people are getting different things?

Mary Jo Genese: Yes, put in a complaint, but there are over 100 complaints. We’ll look. Email me.

Ilona Nanay: Did subs get the opportunity to apply to be on the negotiating committee?

Leroy: Yes.

Llona Nanay: New teacher week – how did we agree to that rate (below minimum wage)?

Mike Sill: Training rate has been in the contract rate for many years, since at least 2008. Definitely before onboarding training. We can look at that rate in the next round of bargaining, e.g. demand per session. When that got added to the contract, we didn’t know what it was gonna look like. We got a better sense in 2018 when it first became part of the contract, so it’s worth revisiting.

Ilona Nanay: Last week’s question – is the UFT going to work on getting their reinstatement put out in writing, or get them transportation to sites?

Mike Sill: First I’m hearing of the track issue, but we can look at that. We sat down with those members for about 45 minutes. Next day we met with the entire office at DCEE. Thursday we met with that office and the DOE. In the meantime, we got the new postings. We don’t agree with their plan, but don’t have contractual leverage. Doesn’t mean we can’t try in other ways. But again, if the positions are the same or similar, that’s an excessing condition. No one is going to end up in excess, people will end up in their DCEE positions – if the DOE gets its way – plus other opportunities. But we need to know what those other opportunities are. Not seeing anyone ending up in the ATR pool.

Ibeth Mejia: UFT had a big precedent setting grievance at Aviation (see Cohen, open mic). Thanks David Campbell and team for advocacy. Thanks Janella Hinds for testifying. How can teachers who did not yet get paid get that pay? Memo on shortage pay hasn’t been put out – when?

David Campbell: Meeting at Aviation tomorrow to discuss in detail the implications at school. This arbitration was from one grievant – filed back in 2018 – then others filed (thanks Ibeth). We can only get backpay for people who filed. We won’t be able to get it for people who did this in the past and didn’t file. DOE is not quick to pay people and may try to contest other grievances, but to put pressure on them – we put 18 grievants on there for the October Arbitration. Don’t anticipate another hearing, because the issue is settled. The basis of the ruling that there are particular rates in our contract: class coverage (clearly defined – covering for one teacher). Teaching a full class is much different from the work involved in covering a class. So you need to get paid a full shortage rate, not a coverage rate. Not sure how widespread the issue is, but now the issue is settled – so let us know if it ever comes again. Should be able to pro-rate 6th period pay in Prose schools with different contractual.

Mike Sill: will follow up on the memo.

Ed Calamia: Given all the federal money we have for education and the need for parents to get to work, is there any money for UFT members to work those programs – i.e. latchkey programs?

What exactly does the UFT disagree with in terms of the administrative code 12-126.

LeRoy: no info on latchkey.

G. Sorkin: When looking at the administrative code, we want protections. Recently, there was a Medicare Advantage ruling, and a judge—in my opinion—exceeded his authority. So we want to go around that by changing the administrative code. We disagree that the City only has to have one health plan – we believe in ‘choice.’

Lydia: How has UFT been involved in the budget cuts? How can we get our members activated to fight for fair funding?

LeRoy: We’ve been involved all summer. There’s great stuff on Infohub. As soon as some meetings are done, we’ll figure out how to get out and get our voice heard.

Ronnie Almonte: What capacity do we have to organize new members? We have two labor systems – people on the DOE line and the Bard line at my school (Bard Early HS). Bard doesn’t have tenure, pension – they’re at will. There’s other schools with similar setups. We have a good history of organizing the unorganized. What now?

Name Missed: Dist. 30 new member meet and greet, so share my event. We are including high schools this year, used to just do middle and elementary schools.

Janella H.: Agreement Ronnie described is different than many agreements around the city. Agreements with colleges – professors teaching alongside HS educators. Those members are PSC-CUNY. That classification means they’re unionized – just not UFT. Work to be done for sure.

Alex Jallot: Smaller class sizes – committee formed last year. How do we make sure everyone honors the class sizes agreement?

LeRoy: The pressure is on. Rallies are great, but the real pressure is the law. Thanks everyone involved in the class size fight. We’ll be going after them if they don’t follow the law. Districts that are black and brown are supposed to get that money first – and we’ll be looking there.

B.  Standing Committees

1. Report from Districts

Tom Murphy: been a tough week for retirees. We’ve lost several people. Thanks Staten Island for grief counseling, e.g. S. Bailey. Also, Florence Fidel, Mona Davidson (created Florida office). Town hall meeting tomorrow (M. Mulgrew to give). Campaign 22, busing to places like PA, really important with senate races. Inflation reduction act, passed in August, great for drug prices for retirees.

1 report missed.

Pat: annual bocce tournament, raised money for disaster relief fund. Thanks SI office.

Nancy Armando: controversial mural being redone, now great.

Adam Shapiro: Working in D21 and happy to share in one week’s time we’ve raised $1 million.

Servia S.: In honor of Hispanic heritage month, D. 4 having special dancing events in East Harlem, flyers should be up on the UFT website. Sep. 30. Only for UFT events.

Mike Sill: Furious about how the medical accommodations are being handled, teachers aren’t hearing back, on HR Connect for hours and hours. DOE is supposed to find suitable central work for teachers with accommodations. Folks can rest easier.

Rashad Brown: report missed.

1 Report missed.

Lamar Hughes: District 25. Shows UFT puppet created by Andy at 244.

Janella H.: Caring Kind work – Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

2. Legislative Report

C.  Special Order of Business

Teacher Center Courses:

Mary: 146 sites, another 30 coming online shortly. Workshops coming up – CTLE, LCTLE. Google going to do a workshop on Next Steps. Some courses can also help with differentials. Mandated courses now happening through teacher center – e.g. Autism. A lot getting sold out, so we’re going to offer more. Also, when teacher center sites have after school hours, can go by – there’s a printer, laminator, etc. We’ll send out a list of where those sites are.

Resolution to Organize and Mobilize for a Contract Fight:

Nick Bacon: endorses

Resolution to Organize and Mobilize for a Contract Fight

Whereas, the UFT contracts expired on September 13, 2022; and

Whereas, there have been no negotiations for a successor agreement;

Whereas, the UFT has a long history of involving our rank and file membership in mobilization to put pressure on the city to come to agreements.

Whereas, in the past President Randi Weingarten worked with a bipartisan executive board to establish just such a rank & file committee (the UFT Action Committee).

Resolved, that the Executive Board will form a UFT Action Committee made up primarily of school based Executive Board members of all divisions to plan a series of escalating actions to build public support and force the city-DOE to come to a fair agreement on a new UFT contract.

Amy Arundel: Against. Speaks against, not because I’m against it, but because it doesn’t have one. Stands against because not necessary, not in theory.

Mike Sill: Against. What are the differences between an executive committee – this committee is smaller.

Rashad Brown: Opposition, excludes people, not large.

Carl Cambria: Against. We did it then, why not now? 2004 we did it, because the structure has changed.

Mike Schirtzer (favor): Here on exec board would be a good place to get some action started. We got some good work done for strike readiness. Exec-based committee could do lots of great work in addition to what

Alex Jallot:  For. Doesn’t have to be an either or thing. Would be good to have an action committee. Good for our students and schools.

Ilona Nanay: For. Not either or. This is both and. Also contract committee has been a slow start and meetings have been haphazard. So a more consistent and regular meeting here could help flush out what can’t be discussed.

Adam Shaprio: opposes. Let’s give the negotiating committee. Indirectly undercuts that.

Question called.

Bacon notes that it has been uneven in this debate (for and against). Would be unfair to call the question given how many more have gotten to speak for than against.

LeRoy lets one more ‘for’ person speak.

Ed Calamia: Pretty decent debate, but one thing that has not been mentioned – the Action Committee would not be redundant with the negotiating committee. It has carried out a number of other mobilizations (e.g. on abusive administration). It can keep the base energized between major events and would make a huge difference. This action committee is more than ‘extra’ on the negotiating committee. It’s an independent committee with a lot of history.

Melody A. Asks if that was the intention? Would vote for this reso if it was more than just contract.

Nick: That was the intention – to form an Action Committee for and beyond the contract. Could amend the language if people would like, but that was always the intention.

LeRoy: out of order.

Question called:

UFC and Mike Schirtzer vote in favor. The rest vote against or abstain.

Meeting closes.

Future Meetings:

AdCom:   Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14, 21

Exec. Bd.: Oct. 3, 24

DA:          Oct. 12

New Action Message to UFT Chapter Leaders (September, 2022)

Dear UFT Chapter Leader,

The New Action/ UFT caucus welcomes all Chapter Leaders to the 2022 school year. New Action/ UFT, as a member of the United For Change coalition received 42% of the Active teacher vote and 34% of the Retiree vote in the recently concluded spring UFT election. United For Change won all 7 High School Executive Board seats. Despite receiving 42% of the Active teacher vote United For Change only has 7% of the seats on the Executive Board and despite winning the High School election we don’t have a Vice President from the High Schools. This is due to the at-large voting changes Unity Caucus made over 30 years ago. Despite these undemocratic conditions the 7 High School members can be a voice for you and your members regardless of Division. We would like to hear from you and your members as to the important issues the 7 members can bring forward.

At this moment, New Action is sending out an alert about impending changes to our healthcare for both retirees and in-service members. Mayor Adams and the Municipal Labor Committee (of which the UFT is a major part) are negotiating to put our healthcare into the hands of privateers. This goes against the trend to move to single payer health care. Please become informed and alert your members to these developments.

We recommend that all Chapter Leaders join a caucus, our union’s political parties. Caucuses, such as New Action, offer key support to Chapter Leaders, Delegates, and other union activists to help conduct both school-based and city-wide union activities. New Action is the oldest progressive opposition caucus in the United Federation of Teachers. In existence since the mid 1980’s (and forerunners since the 1970’s), and still running strong today. JOIN today to be a part of our community, and work with us to pass resolutions that matter at the UFT Executive Board and the Delegate Assembly.

If you don’t yet receive the New Action /UFT literature at your school please send your name , personal email, cell number, and school to either :

Greg Di Stefano,  head of organizing – unionuftgreg@yahoo.com    718 757 4552   

Michael Shulman, co-chair New Action – mikeifish@aol.com            718 238 8030 

Nick Bacon, co-chair New Action –        bacon.nick.a@gmail.com    860 922 5833

Thank you.

Healthcare Changes and Class Size Reductions – UFT Executive Board Minutes, 9-12-2022

UFT Executive Board Minutes, 9-12-2022 (Unedited).

LeRoy: Welcomes all new members of the executive board following the election. Looks forward to working with all of us.

Moment of silence and remembrance for: Florence Vidal and Sherry Bailey

Vincent Gaglione: Florence Vidal was a para in District 6 back to when the paraprofessional chapter was established. Helped organize paras in Dist. 6 that exceeded expectations; then asked to serve on exec board. Also served at Florida UFT office as political action operative.

Shelly: met in 1967. Helped organize d75 and SRP advisory of NYSUT.

Moment of silence.

Executive board talks about policy and things this union that needs to get involved. We then bring our decisions as recommendations to the greater body – the DA. We have an agenda that we follow. One thing we put in place is a 10 minute period to hear from members in the field. There are other mechanisms that you should bring to your CL or DR, etc, first, but the door is always open either way.

Open Mic.

Alison Ditmas, Instructional Coordinator for Div. of Early Childhood: On Friday before Labor Day Weekend, ICs received a press release announcing a restructuring from the DOE. That’s how we found out we were being reassigned. Later, it was confirmed that we were being excessed. Article also said that UFT applauded the move. Told we were being sent to superintendent offices (were centralized, but position was eliminated). Were asked to use open market to find a new position. Many of us were unable to use the Open Market system, we weren’t listed as excessed. Apparently HR was ‘backed up.’ There was a back and forth, we went to Mulgrew outlining the events. We have not gotten a response, and have since contacted the media and legal representation. We were told not to go back to our sites or reach out to them, but then were told we could go back. No, we were excessed, if we’re going to be at our sites, we need to be there officially as ICs. We demand that our union demand that our excess letters be rescinded in writing. And we demand to be reinstated.

LeRoy: Responses will come later, but don’t believe everything you read in the papers. Someone will respond later.

  1. Routine Items

Approval of the Minutes –

Lydia Howrilka, HS Executive Board, asks question about the minutes – who is invited to attend expensive conferences. LeRoy responds that school-based members do go.

All minutes are confirmed unanimously.

2. President’s Report

LeRoy – Michael Mulgrew can’t come. He wants us to report on Medicare and Class-size.

Vincent Gaglione: Last year the city issued an RFC to companies to make insurance options for retirees. Medicare Advantage was challenged in court, with the basis as administrative code 12-126. A judge approved the MA+ plan but also ordered the City to issue another plan premium free as well. Healthcare costs have risen astronomically. The City appealed because the cost of the decision exceeded the City’s budget. The MLC is even more concerned about the judge’s decision, so the City and MLC jointly approached the Council to alter administrative Code 12-126.

Cassie Prugh: Michael is disappointed he can’t be here. The governor signed our class size bill, which is great news. The bill requires that immediately the DOE works with us immediately to reduce class size by 20% a year for 5 years. Implementation window begins in Sep. 2023 and runs til 2024, and so forth for the 5 years. You can find more information at the UFT faq. We want this to be a living breathing document. 20 for k-3, 23 for 4-8, and 25 for the high school grades. For physed- 40. A process to negotiate exceptions also will be there, but we will be involved. But there is no provision to allow us to just skip over and overenrolled class. Thanks J. Liu for his efforts on this, our PAC and lobbying volunteers, and our internal and external communication teams.

3. Staff Director’s Report

LeRoy: we need to know who people are in this meeting. Don’t black out your screen and write ‘Lila’s daddy.’ We need to know who you are – put your name up there. Do not record this meeting. Minutes are fine, but no audio or video.

4. Question Period

Alex, HS Exec Board, CL Pace High School: Happy that the Gov. finally signed. Will there be provisions to hire more teachers? Money for that? Will the UFT push them on this?

LeRoy: There’s money, but we need to see that it’s actually put it to use lowering class sizes.

Cassie: Nothing to add. Points also to school based cuts. Not many processes in this legislation that doesn’t involve us and bargaining with us.

Mavis, CL in Dist. 23: MOSL. Getting emails about ratings not being ready yet. We used F and P, which is an approved MOSl.

Response (missed name): Data issues. Anyone tenured who has an S at these 51 schools, who had a 3 last year, will have a minimum of 2 observations this year.

Mulgrew: Chimes in and welcomes eboard from plane. Says labor parade was phenomenal. On MLC stuff on healthcare, because judge has taken away some of the collecting bargaining rights we had previously. Contract negotiation emails will start going out, we have to move forward and make aggressive decisions.

Ibeth Mejia: Talking last week to deans and she was informed that their radios are no longer compatible with the DOE. There was an incident where the dean had to call on their personal phone. Worst case scenarios with fights on multiple floors and deans having to call on the phone. Principal said CSA is working on it. So what is the UFT?

Jeff Povalatitis: New chief of school safety put out an edict about what frequencies we could be on (and how many). The reason has to do with communication in the case of an active shooter situation. Wasn’t rolled out correctly, though there is a need. Only one agent can be on the DOE frequency – the rest will be NYPD. He’s not budging on his stance. Situation at Lincoln where a student was shot, and the procedure worked, but I hear what you’re saying.

Nick Bacon (HS Exec Board) Almost a year ago, at the November DA, I motivated a resolution on healthcare that would have necessitated that every decision we make at the MLC first be put to a vote. The resolution narrowly failed after a UFT officer argued during debate that such a voting process would not be necessary because we would be forming a healthcare committee, similar in structure to the negotiating committee, and that teacher input could be given in that venue before major decisions were voted on in the MLC. Just last week, the first steps toward making such a decision was made, (a decision which has the potential to reduce the quality healthcare that both our in-service and retirees get without paying a premium). Given that we were told we’d be getting a healthcare committee roughly 10 months ago, when will that committee be set up, and will there be time for us to reverse the MLC decision if our committee deems that decision to be a mistake?

LeRoy: No decisions have been made, for the record. We will keep you informed as to when it is up and coming. It will consist of rank and file members.

Melody: I had to use social media when my DOE account was locked out and I couldn’t get back to it.  There were legal and confidentiality concerns I had (e.g. regarding IEPs).

 Janella Hinds: There have been quite a few issues involving technology on DOE. Mike and  have been in conversation on the Gamma system, but this is another one. We’ve been forwarding the technology complaints to the DOE so that they can resolve in real time. And they are saying it’s a new system and they’re still working on it, but that’s not enough. So the leadership is focusing on the concerns and it is our intention to resolve.

Mike Shirtzer: Thank you to Janella. The situation regarding Gamma. We can’t afford Jupiter at my school, there are some good people at DOIT. Someone has to be held to it.

Last time I spoke at eboard: can we get some information out to CLs re active shooters and the decisions being made around them? As a public school teacher and parent, I don’t want this stuff swept under the rug.

Jeff P: It’s a large feat, but we’re doing assessments at all the sites. We’re still figuring things out, we have to train over 100,000 members. Nothing is secret, we’re just trying to do it the best we can.

Michael Friedman: I got an email from one of my members that they were knocked off of DOE emails and that the only way they could get back on is to give their own personal email address. Why?

Janella Hinds: It is true that you need to do 2 step verification, which is a challenge. There are different methods you can use: through Microsoft office APP, your cellphone, an email address. This is all in the name of security. For many of our systems this is required. We’re going to have a conversation with the DOE about the rollout, but I suspect it will keep going because of security measures for the students. The key is rollout. There’s a way to set this up through Microsoft or IBM verify.  There are other apps for different systems (Google, Facebook, etc) .

Ronnie Almonte, Bard HS Early College: Question about what the UFT knows about Mayor’s approach to contract negotiations – not our own. According to an article in City and State, he only set aside enough for a 1.5% wage increase, which suggests that the City plans to lowball us or use revenue from other sources (e.g. retiree healthcare) to give us a pay increase. Is the Executive Board ready to recommend to publicly dismiss the Mayor’s strategy if it turns out to be true?

LeRoy Barr: We don’t know the strategy yet. Don’t believe everything you read. He’s probably not coming to us first though, because there are other contracts expiring first. We have a 500 member negotiating committee that will inform us on all of this. I don’t believe there was a paycut in the last contract, but this is not a debate.

Ilona Nanay (Mott Hall 5, HS Exec Board): In terms of what was said in the Open Mic. How can members be excessed after June 15? I thought they had to be notified earlier, contractually. Why wasn’t there more transparency? Why wasn’t the UFT more responsive? What is the long term strategy to deal with a Mayor who is pro-austerity and pro-division between our various chapters?

LeRoy Barr: Excessing doesn’t technically happen until the first day of the school year anyways. We’ve been in constant communication with that chapter. There was a year where they wanted to lay off secretaries – a smaller chapter. But the power of the union came around and we made sure that that austerity mayor did not lay off anyone. We’ll do the best we can. Defers to Mike Sill who has been intimately involved.

Mike Sill: This is not the first time a mayor has said there was no money for raises. That’s why we need collective bargaining. Division of Early Childhood. I’m trying to get a meeting this week. One thing I’ve learned is this office is very close. People there who are members are even managers there. Everyone is trying to right by eachother. But the DOE can rearrange offices. Our bulwark against excessing (usually in schools) doesn’t work as well in central offices. The DOE came to us in the last 10 days and said they were interested in downsizing the office to change the positions. They want to take certain people and plug them into new rules. They want to hire back 120 of the 200 ICs for a different role, but we want to make sure that the excessed people have preference for the new positions. Similar for social workers. Well what does this mean, planning wise, for what these staffers do? If it’s the same position, they can’t repost it. That’s an excessing condition. The UFT did not applaud this per se, we applauded investing in schools. At this point, on Friday we had a meeting with the DOE, and what they said was these positions are basically the same (they can’t do that). Also can’t just end up reducing caseloads – that becomes another issue. When new administration comes in, changes happen.

B.  Standing Committees

  1. Report from Districts

Shawn (Staten Island Borough Rep): August 24th, annual backpack giveaway. Was a great even. All 300 were gone, as were other school supplies, and hamburgers. So it was popular and well attended. So we need to find a way to meet the demand in the community next year.

August 31st: CL orientation, along with delegates and para reps, so the new borough office in SI is open.

Rashad Brown: The Pride Committee has teamed up with Team High Schools and the National Black Leadership Committee on Health, Dec. 1st an event on HIV/AIDS. Materials will be out on 9/14.

On Oct. 31st, 2022, the waver for student debt relief will be done. So you must act on this soon to get the debt forgiveness faster. So we’re having webinars on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Look up student debt relief on the UFT website. We’ve saved people 10 million dollars, thanks to Randi and the UFT.

David Kazansky: Earlier today, came together to accomplish that credit card companies adopt an MCC for gun purchases. This flags when gun and ammunition sales are high before there is a mass shooting. This doesn’t flag you for buying a gun (your right), but in a situation where you are blowing huge amounts of money on guns/ammunition, even on multiple cards at multiple sites. So this is a huge benefit that we were a part of.

Karen Alford (VP of Elementary Schools): enrollment is the sustainability of our union. DOE is hiring 3,000 new educators, and we need to make sure they join the union. Thank you to everyone who made sure that many of these new hires joined the union. We ended up filling in a lot of the gaps that the DOE did not (e.g. on differentials, etc). We signed up 1700 members at that event alone. But our work is not done. As leaders of this organization, we have to go back into our school buildings and ensure that we’re giving out our union cards and supporting new teachers. We know how hard it can be for first year teachers.

Janella Hinds (VP of Academic High Schools): On Saturday, Labor Day parade – first since 2019. We joined the marchers from all the unions across the city. Our time on the block was a lot of fun. It was a great way to start the school year and show our solidarity. Thanks everyone who was able to come out.

Ariel A.: District 29 opened a new playground, which was overtaken by trailers for 25 years. That’s how long it took to get those trailers out and to put the trailers up.

Nancy Armando: Celebrating a 43 member union animus grievance at her school going forward. We got a new teacher center last year to help fix this wrong. Thanks UFT for their support.

2. Legislative Report

 Cassie Prugh: Thanks all who helped in the many races we won over the last year. Thanks Tom Murphy for his calls.

C.  Special Order of Business

1.  Smallheiser Awards: Sunday Nov. 6 awards will be given back. Day will commemorate our first strike. Two dates we can never forget: March 16th, 1960 – union formation; Nov. 7th, 1960: we went on strike, the foundation of everything left. Teacher union day is about celebrating what we’ve done as activists around that time.

  • Election Challenge: One omnibus complaint that came out in June. We responded to that one in terms of things that were repeated. The challenge is to go to the UFT, then the AFT. We asked them to go forward to the UFT. Complaints: 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, and 29 (?) – go straight to the UFT. In terms of the remaining challenges, we want reports by the next exec board meetings/ We know there is a 90 day rule, so we will work on that over the next few meetings.

Meeting adjourned.


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