UFT Members Share Experiences with UFT Representatives – Rep Review

In aligning with UFT Solidarity’s mission statement, with regards to accountability, we have created a forum to share experiences UFT members have had with elected and appointed UFT representatives on the UFT payroll.  Click the button below and share.

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There are five appointed UFT borough representatives and over 40 appointed district and special representatives. None of them have been democratically elected by the UFT membership.

Here is a brief history you should know:

In June 2003 the UFT Executive Board changed the District Representative position, an elected position for 34 years, to an appointed position, and then President Weingarten argued that the change was necessary based on the DOE’s move to Regions and would not have a negative impact on the service relationship between the chapter leader, the members, and the DR. She also maintained that with the movement to Regions we were not going to have districts and an appointed position would be a better one for our UFT. Regions no longer exist and networks appear to be on the way out. The democratic process is best served when elections determine who will represent the membership, and the election of DR’s by Chapter Leaders can only cement the relationship between the two and further union democracy. (link)

Due to the fact that chapter leaders no longer elect their district reps, real accountability has greatly diminished. This Solidarity initiative, aimed to bring back accountability to our union, comes from listening to our union brothers and sisters and their unfortunate plight.

Examples of member stories:

This Part Time Special Rep makes $11,614 from UFT dues.

This Part Time Special Rep makes $11,614 from UFT dues in addition to DOE salary.

From chapter leader about appointed district rep.

From chapter leader about appointed district rep who makes $65,000 from UFT dues in addition to $86,000 from the DOE.

Brooklyn UFT

UFT reps non action continue to hurt this school mentioned in the media to this day.

 

Another appointed rep who is not familiar with the facts of a case.

Another appointed rep who is not familiar with the facts of a case.

 

District reps must make sure their chapter leaders have accurate information. This former UFT member is out of a job.

District reps must make sure their chapter leaders have accurate information. This former UFT member is out of a job now and can’t work elsewhere in the DOE.

 

The District UFT offices need to be a shield. They weren't for this school.

The District UFT offices need to be a shield. They weren’t for this school.

In New York State we follow the Taylor Law, that not only has jurisdiction over the employer (DOE), but also the employee organization (UFT). UFT members are owed protection from their employer for their union activity, but also are owed fair representation by their union.

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2 Comments

  1. This is way more helpful than anyhnitg else I’ve looked at.

  2. Teacher Activists

    District 27 Marilyn Manley and Michelle Stango went into a teachers room to ask her on behalf of the principal when she is retiring. Instead of them doing their job and telling the principal to stop harassing the teacher they decided to add to the further harassment of the teacher. Not only did they tell her she could retire befor her 20 year marker meaning that she would loose 12% of her pension. They went as far as calling Tom Brown to tell her to retire in September not caring that she would loose a substantial amount of her pension. How can we trust representatives that are in the pockets of the principals that are cushy with the principal and work in his school. Instead of doing their job they are trying to force a highly effective teacher to sign a letter to resign 2 months before her time. Mind you it’s only 2 months to favor the principal. Marlen Manly district rep has a a two day cushy position in ps65 with the principal. The principal already forced out 4 sinor teachers because of these union reps that are supposed to represent teacher not the principal.

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