---interesting how the UFT ATR meetings were announced the very day that atr's were having their own meeting! Very interesting in deed! --- a NYC ATRAs ususal, the UFT only responds when signs of revolt are brewing see NEST+M Teachers Meet With Mulgrew).
Here is the announcement of the ATR meeting this past Weds.
ATRs Meet Wed. Oct 10 5pm - Inform Atrs in your schools...
The UFT is a demilitarized zone where any signs of attempted militancy are buried.
Below, note the email below (in red) from Amy Arundell sent out around 8PM on Oct. 10, the day the GEM ATR committee held a meeting.
First, here is a response from an ATR, in blue:
My two cents: in general, when union administrators start seeing the rank and file members start taking actions that administrators should be taking (for example have meetings with ATRs, making an email list to stay in touch with ATRs, and other organizing activities), then the Union Administration starts to take action.
Often the union administration's response is often just the appearance of a response. For example there are a growing number of members who are willing to take political against mayoral control. So the union made a committee to "look into that." (This was in this past June, at the Delagate Assembly). There was someone at the DA that commented: "didn't we do that years ago?"
To me, it seems, the Union is setting up another committee to think about possibly going against mayoral control, just to give the impression that it is doing something. The committee will probably come up with some weak response, or in another five years another committee will be formed, and someone will say, again, "didn't we form a committee years ago?"
I am not totally putting down the administrators. They have accomplished many good things (more than Chicago). But in terms of going against mayoral control, they could definitely do better. And the way to get them to have a stronger response is to start organizing members. And one way to start doing that is to get as many emails from the UFT ATR meetings as possible. When ATRs are isolated from each other they are very weak and in the dark. Being connected and forming an unofficial union chapter is an important step to get better responses from the official union. (Can you believe this: it seems that we have to form a union inside of a union?!)
From: "Amy Arundell, UFT Special Representative" <firstname.lastname@example.org>I'm adding this news from the NEW Caucus in Newark (a CORE/MORE type).
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:51:26 -0400
Subject: Informational meetings for ATRs
The union is holding a series ofinformational meetings at borough offices this fall forteachers, guidance counselors and social workers in excess.These meetings were organized to answer your questions aboutyour rights and responsibilities as members serving in theATR pool.All meetings will be held from 4-6p.m. You will meet your borough representative, districtrepresentatives and other borough staff who are there tosupport you.The meeting dates, locations andparticipants are as follows: Tuesday, Oct.16, Staten Island Borough Office, for teachers,guidance counselors and social workers
Wednesday, Oct.24, Bronx Borough Office, for teachers, guidancecounselors and social workers
Thursday, Oct.25, Brooklyn Borough Office, for teachersONLY
Monday, Oct.29, Brooklyn Borough Office, for guidancecounselors and social workers ONLY
Thursday, Nov.1, Manhattan Borough Office, for teachers,guidance counselors and social workers
Monday, Nov.5, Queens Borough Office, for teachers, guidancecounselors and social workers
We welcome your attendance.Sincerely,Amy Arundell
UFT Special Representative
Guest Presenters: NEW CAUCUS
-Leah Z. Owens, Newark Educator
-Branden Rippey, Newark Educator
-Brian Hohmann, Newark Educator
-Hafeezah Abdullah, Newark Educator
-Jason Hopkins, Newark Educator