Friday, January 06, 2006

Contract implementation woes? E-mail UFT.

The new UFT contract with the New York City Department of Education is frought with implementation battles.

Loose wording has left miles of push room for administrators to wiggle more than the UFT leadership expected. Chapter leaders are even unsure about many issues. So, if you find yourself in a questionable situation, the UFT has set up a contact route for you here:

Contract implementation woes? E-mail us.

I personally think a dedicated contract phone line would be more helpful, but I don't have a say in how leadership spends dues.

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posted by An Educational Voyage @ 1/06/2006 09:39:00 PM  
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At 1/09/2006 3:18 PM, Anonymous bstamatis said...

The UFT has 5 Borough offices and numerous phone numbers you can call for assistance. You can locate them here

And the UFT has held chapter leader training about implementation and the email is just another communication tool for members.

At 1/09/2006 4:37 PM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

Thanks for posting this. It is good to know all the avenues for help!

At 1/09/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger NYC Educator said...

Hmmm...aren't they the same folks that signed off on this monstrosity in the first place? And didn't they tell us for months what a wonderful contract it was indeed?

I'm confused.

If that was the case, why are there so many problems with it, and why are they anticipating so many more?

It sure is a quandary.

In other news, Unity voted itself a raise last week. I guess they felt they deserved it for all the fine work they've been doing on our behalf.

They didn't vote themselves extra time, extra days, hall patrol, extra classes, or diminished options and rights.

Doubtless they simply overlooked it.

At 1/09/2006 5:43 PM, Blogger An Educational Voyage said...

Yep, NYC Educator. All the avenues for UFT help are like chasing the horse after you let it out of the barn. Folks who need serious help should probably contact a labor relations lawyer.

Oh yes, the raises were a punch in the face to membership! Reminds me of how Mayor Koch froze salaries, laid of teachers, and then immediately gave himself and his cronies hefty salary raises. The expression: "You need money to make money" is true. Freeing up money by reducing the wages of workers, allows those in power to give themselves more as a reward- done on the backs of the workers. Leadership is power and power corrupts, absoutely. They forget who they are really working for.


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