Some retired teachers want to continue working as part-time (F-Status) or as substitutes after they officially retire. Many retirees have contacted UFT Solidarity to say the DOE states “No So Fast! We don’t want you if you have had a U rating in the last 5 years!”
Imagine that you have been working for over 30 years. You made the decision to retire, but have the itch to occasionally return to your passion. Leaving your vacation home, or grandchildren, you return to school a few days a week. You are an F-Status employee or a substitute.
Now imagine you cannot occasionally return to your passion. Your years of experience and expertise is not welcomed at the DOE. The reason? Well, apparently that vindictive administrator, from 5 years ago, thought you were too outspoken and gave you an unwarranted Unsatisfactory rating for the year. That’s it. That’s all it apparently takes according to Director Peter Ianniello and the DOE HR department.
Retired teachers have been contacting us shocked and disappointed that they cannot go back. They contact the union and are told “There’s nothing we can do, this is the DOE’s policy.”
Here at UFT Solidarity, we do not have the immense resources that the union leadership has. However, we work with what we have to bring knowledge and support to our members.
We decided to inquire about this alleged “policy” that forbids experienced and retired UFT members from returning to the classroom.
We asked the DOE for:
–NYC DOE documentation or policy that states a retired member cannot work F status and/or substitute if they received a poor rating in the last 5 years.
– If the above documentation cannot be found, then any policy that dictates requirements for retirees to work F status or substitute.
After months of delays a response is finally given. Ready for it?
NO SUCH POLICY EXISTS!
UFT Solidarity will continue to push this topic and many others. We fill the void left by our current leadership.
Please inquire with the UFT Leadership as to why this practice is allowed. Join us at the UFT Executive Boards or ask it at the Delegate Assembly. See our calendar for dates here: uftsolidarity.org/events