There isn’t much to say that this list below isn’t blaring out. Mayor Bloomberg is still here and Mayor De Blasio has changed little.
UFT Leadership still plays nice with the employer, as they always have, it’s just that now they don’t have to hide it. “We have a chancellor and mayor who respect teachers and parents.” – Michael Mulgrew
Except they don’t. They don’t respect teachers and parents when a judge orders that School Leadership Teams are public and the DOE appeals. They don’t respect teachers, parents or students when grades are fixed, students are pushed through and principals and superintendents are not held accountable.
There is no respect for UFT members when contractual violations are high and grievances are denied at a rate of 98%. A 98% grievance denial at the chancellor’s level and Michael Mulgrew gives the chancellor flowers? That was the same rate of denial under Mayor Bloomberg. What would you expect when the Director of Labor Relations is Karen Solimando, a Bloomberg appointee.
One thing is for sure. One way or another, we need positive change. The change that we can control, and is within our reach, is changing our union first. All UFT members will receive an election ballot in the mail this Spring. If they vote UFT Solidarity then we will have a real chance for real change. www.UFT2016.com
You can add other “leftovers” you know of in the comments section below.
UFT Solidarity’s Presidential Candidate Francesco Portelos speaking to Panel for Educational Policy about “leftovers.”