Susan Ohanian reported on Reality-Based Educator's and Accountable Talk's call for an end to Unity's reign with this comment:
NOTE: Although this is written by a New York City teacher who belongs to the United Federation of Teachers, the dominant force in the AFT, it rings true for all teachers across the country--urban teachers in particular.
Michael Mulgrew is president of the UFT.
MORE is Movement of Rank and File Educators, the Social Justice Caucus of the UFT. Julie Cavanagh, a special education teacher, is the co-producer/narrator of the acclaimed The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman. The film was produced by the Grassroots Education Movement, another UFT caucus which tries to make the American Federation of Teachers work for teachers and children.
TDRs are Teacher Data Reports, reports that purportedly show how much progress individual teachers helped students make in reading and math over the course of a year.
ATR refers to teachers who have lost their daily teaching positions but are reassigned to substitute for absent teachers or to perform clerical work.
Just think about CORE in Chicago (Caucus of Rank and File Educators). They took over the AFT union there, gained community support,and have shown the mayor (who controls the school system) that teachers have muscle.
Reality-Based Teacher at Perdido Street School
I've had it.
I've had it with the Superstorm Sandy PD Days By Candlelight Michael Mulgrew refused to fight against.
I've had it with the UFT's Race to the Top collaboration that brought us the vaunted new APPR teacher evaluation system (20% state tests/20% city tests/60% Danielson rubric and other assorted nonsense.)
I've had it with the UFT's collaboration with the DOE on the Teacher Data Reports that saw many good teachers smeared in the press.
Sure the UFT "fought" to keep the TDR's from being released to the press, but who agreed to the program in the first place?
And who failed to point out that the TDR's were using a value added methodology with a 52% median margin of error and swings in stability so wide they make Charles Manson seem stable?
I've had it with the ATR agreements the UFT has made with the DOE that sell out my fellow teachers stuck in the ATR pool, sending them to a different school every week in order to destabilize them and make their work lives as difficult as possible.
I've had it with the UFT's promotion of the Danielson evaluation system, the one with the 57 page rubric, as the bestest thing since sliced bread in the way of teacher evaluation.
I've had it with the UFT's refusal to negotiate a contract before Bloomberg's third term, their refusal to get the 4% pattern that all the other unions were granted even as they sat on their hands and made sure Bloomberg got his illegal third term.
I've had it with the UFT's refusal to strategically fight school closures before they happen by pointing out how the DOE sets schools up for failure by cutting financing even as they ratchet up the number of high needs students.
I've had it with the UFT's refusal to fight mayoral control - the system that gives a Little Autocrat sole power over schools, students and teachers.
And those are just the things I can think of off the top of my head.
I know there's whole bunch of other stuff the UFT has done to screw its membership.
I've had it.
It's time for a change.
What next outrage will Michael Mulgrew and his merry UFTsters bring us?
End of salary steps?
You better you better you bet the UFT will be bringing that home to NYC, just the way Mulgrew's patron Saint Randi of the Collaborative Sisters of Corporate Education Reform has been bringing those to cities all over the nation - from Baltimore to Newark to New Haven to Detroit.
It is time to send the AFT and the UFT leaderships packing.
Let's start with the UFT leadership.
Accountable Talk write the following last night:
Does ANYONE at this point have ANY faith that Unity is going to do anything but sell us out yet again on our next contract? I sure as hell don't.
If you vote for Mulgrew and Unity this March, you have no one to blame but yourself when they sell us out yet again. It's time for a change. I urge everyone to vote for the MORE caucus http://morecaucusnyc.org/.
Can you imagine Julie Cavanagh, who is running for UFT President on the MORE slate, selling us out? I can't.
I sure can imagine Mulgrew doing it--and then sending out his reps to every school to tell us how grateful we should be that we didn't do even worse. The only skill these Unity hacks seem to have is putting lipstick on a pig. They sure as hell can't negotiate.
Get the word out. Vote for MORE. Get rid of Unity.
While you still have a job.
I want to echo AT there.
It's time to rid the UFT of Unity.
I want MORE out of my union.
— Reality-Based Teacher
Grassroots Education Movement
Education columnist, The Wave
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