Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UFT Unity Caucus Hack of the Week: Charlie Turner

Read all about the "compassionate" Charlie Turner, Brooklyn high school District Rep. in comments on the ICE blog. I extracted them on Norms Notes. If you need him, Turner is always available to pull opposition literature out of teacher mail boxes. The ultimate UFT "suit", this guy wears a suit over his suit.

3 comments:

  1. With all the anti-teacher and anti-ATR press out there this week, why is the UFT so silent????????????? Why no letters to the editors, no op-ed rebuttals? I am hearing from my fellow ATR's who were sent far and away this week and there are some real horror stories out there. And I have no idea what my rights are. Can I be made to sit in an office one period a day to do their bidding? Is this just something ATR's do since I don't see regular teachers doing it? Where is my file? If I am observed as a day-to-day sub, what can they critique me on? etc etc etc The silence from the union is deafening.

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  2. "Hack of the Week?" Are you kidding? They have more than 365 people on payroll. You can have a "hack a day." We might reserve Charlie for Brooklyn-Queens Day.

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  3. In 2003 I, as well as about nine other Fort Hamilton High School teachers, were contending with U-rated lessons because BASIS had informed administrators that not enough teachers were given U ratings. These educators were not coincidentally targeted: We were close to retiring. When I requested that my U-rating go to step 2, I was contacted by Charlie Turner who advised me that if I challenged the system, I would receive a U-rating for the year and be ineligible to transfer to another school. Knowing that I was retiring in a year and a half, Charlie asked: “Why do you want to be a martyr to the cause, kid?” I knew with Charlie on my side I would be persecuted further. Charlie is the equivalent of an ineffective court-appointed attorney. The question is: Does Charlie Turner truly represent what the union has become. And if the answer is obvious, why is anyone paying union dues?

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