Wednesday, July 21, 2010

UPDATED: Malcolm Smith founded charter school fires UFT teachers- Mulgrew threatens law suit

UPDATED: Wed. July 21, 2010, 9:45PM

UFT calls press conference at 52 Broadway, Thurs. July 22 1pm
Word is they will go to court. Which court? Or PERB (probably not as that is for public employees). Maybe NLRB- isn't that controlled by pro-charter Obama administration that is so anti union teacher?

How will this story play out in local and national charter schools the UFT and AFT is trying to organize? Should teachers in charter schools look for a union with muscle to organize them?

Will the UFT follow Randi's advice and FIGHT SMART?
Or as they say in France:
nous nous rendons

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July 21, 9am
Since the UFT has made organizing charter schools a lynch pin of their policy, what message does this send? The UFT should have been out there supporting our friends from Rochester who came down to protest against Smith on July 5 over mayoral control. Oh, I forgot. The UFT supports mayoral control. And charter schools.

I made note of this excerpt from Chicago CTU/CORE delegate Jen Johnson in her must read report to Substance on the AFT convention:

"Generally speaking, the New York delegation represented organizing charters as the best model for handling their role in reshaping unions, despite the fact that according to many reports few charter schools in New York have been organized as is the case in Chicago. This logic is the same touted by the Progressive Caucus of the AFT. The few that have been organized are a part of the UFT local though they have separate contracts negotiated with the help of UFT. The Chicago delegation reflection the mindset that allowing new charters to continue to proliferate while attempting to organize existing charters is an end game in which public schools and the union lose."
And ask your friendly Unity/UFT rep what Mulgrew is doing about this:

Teachers at PS 222 in Queens say their principal excessed seven of them but is still hiring. (NY1)


Merrick Academy workers get boot via FedEx amid contract dispute between school, union


BY CLARE TRAPASSO
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Wednesday, July 21st 2010, 4:00 AM

Merrick Academy fires nine staffers amid bitter contract dispute.
Pace for News
Merrick Academy fires nine staffers amid bitter contract dispute.

Some of the Merrick Academy staffers who got the boot are chalking it up to a bitter contract dispute between the school and unionized teachers.A scandal-plagued Queens charter school fired at least nine teachers Tuesday - via FedEx, union officials said.
"If the board of the Merrick charter school is firing teachers because of union activity, then we're going to take all legal action against them," said United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.
Teachers at the Queens Village school voted to unionize in 2008 but they haven't reached a contract with Victory Schools, which operates the charter.
Ge rald Karikari, chairman of Merrick's Board of Trustees, would not say how many teachers were fired and denied the layoffs were retaliatory. "At the end of the year, every teacher is evaluated on the way they performed," he said.
Kindergarten teacher Marjorie Berry, 60, one of the fired teachers, isn't buying it. "I was upset, because I put my heart and soul into these children and into the school," said Berry, who has taught at the school since it opened. "I just feel like I've been pushed aside like a piece of garbage."
Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed documents from a politically connected architect who helped design Merrick's school building in an ongoing corruption probe of several Queens politicians, including Merrick founders Senate President Malcolm Smith and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/07/21/2010-07-21_disunion_as_9_teachers_fired.html#ixzz0uK5z1btw

2 comments:

  1. INSIDE THE UNITY CAUCUS...
    TODAY, THE MULGREW SPIN was to file a lawsuit- that keeps the members happpy. what happened to the age discrimination lawsuit?
    MULGREW HAS DECIDED TO PRETEND TO FIGHT CHARTERS IN COURT BUT REALLY WONT GO AFTER THEM BECAUSE HIS BUDDY BLOOMBERG WILL GIVE US QUADRUPLE ZEROS.
    HIS STAFFERS ARE SLICING EACH OTHER UP OVER D.O.E. JOBS THEY WANT FOR THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
    MULGREW IS PARANOID----HE DOESN'T TRUST RANDI OR HER FLOOR WASHERS.
    LEO CASEY READY TO JUMP THE SINKING SHIP-MULGREW Hates HIM ANYWAY.
    WHY WAS BETSY FIRED?

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  2. Mulgrew's hubris will be his downfall.

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