Friday, May 16, 2014

UFT Contract: Harsh Greetings at Some Schools for UFT/Unity Crew Selling Contract

Hey Norm - check out how desperate UFT leaders getting telling CL's to send out to staff.....an ed notes contact -- see Unity spin below the fold
I have a bunch of anecdotals about UFT reps getting a not so nice greeting. Or turning off what was not at first a hostile crowd. I heard at the MORE happy hour this afternoon -- that attracted over 40 people from many different schools to talk about the contract -- about a District Rep who went to a large high school to lay down the crap. The teachers did not start out negative but the refusal to answer questions honestly and the disparaging of certain issues raised turned the crowd. Many more people left the meeting thinking NO than walked in. That is why they moved up the vote I believe - some schools got the ballots today - because what they viewed as a slam dunk which would be enforced by their own people is not going so well.

One thing I believe -- pieces of the contract that start falling off - like health care - won't happen until AFTER the March 2016 UFT elections to protect Mulgrew. In fact take a look at the contract in the context of time frame of those elections.


PLEASE SEND THIS OUT.



Subject: Fwd: Vote Yes



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> These are some of the reasons why I think the contract is a positive one.
> Please feel free to post on the UFT Facebook page. You can use some of my comments if you like.
> There is a lot of misinformation. We are trying to have members with "real truths" comment.
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>         18% pay hike. Retro. Less annoying stupid paperwork. Saner evaluation system. I am voting "Yes!"
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> ·         Why would anyone say no to 18% more in their paychecks in 4 years?
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> ·         Bloomberg gave us a bunch of zeros and no respect. We are getting retro, a double-digit pay bump and the chance to be treated like the professionals we are. Time to vote yes.
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> ·         18% - and no give backs! Where do I sign up?
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> ·         I don't need the money upfront as long as I'm getting it. Taxes would just eat up half and the rest would just pay a bill.
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> ·         Every newspaper said it would be impossible to get retro pay, but we are getting it.  Zero givebacks!!! No healthcare givebacks!!!
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> ·         A great deal for us veterans. You get all your retro no matter when you retire.
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> ·         Bloomberg wanted to give us 0% raises, 0% retro & many givebacks. Our union was smart to not get a contract with Bloomberg.
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> ·         No healthcare givebacks. No healthcare premiums. And an 18% raise.
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