What was the union's dream contract? What were our demands? How can anyone but the mayor declare this a victory?... High School teacher responding to email from UFT organizerYou know something is shaking when people I haven't heard from in years start sending me letters they are writing saying they will vote NO. These are not the activist MOREistas who spend a hell of a lot of time on union stuff, but rank and file people who very rarely get involved.
Below is a response to a Queen UFT/Unity operative who sent out an email selling the contract and announcing school visits (read it below the teacher's response). I'm keeping the names out of it.
Email from Queen UFT Organizing CommitteeI will vote no. I will encourage my fellow teachers to vote no.This is not a well negotiated contract. This contract seems like a good starting point for the MAYOR. If these are the agreed upon conditions, where did the mayor start? Did he suggest 0% for nine years with immediate termination of ATRs along with major healthcare concessions?What was the union's dream contract? What were our demands? How can anyone but the mayor declare this a victory?Use the link below to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to see that the Consumer Price Index shows a 23% increase in consumer prices over the past 9 years. Our contract gives us an 18% raise over the same time period. This means that at the end of 9 years, we will be 5% poorer. To drastically compound the matter, this contract is absurdly backloaded. For the majority of these 9 years our salaries were even further below the adjusted consumer price index.Previous contracts went through fact-finding and arbitration. No such process occured here. Nothing occured here. I feel more betrayed by my union than I have ever felt by my administration.Sincerely,---------