Many of us in MORE have worked with people in this situation.
MOREista Patrick Walsh, CL of PS 149M, had this to say:
New Action has to show this is not merely a publicity stunt. They need to follow up and use their UFT Exec Bd seats (I'm being a good boy and not commenting) to badger the leadership every single meeting to put an end to giving principals total power over the untenured to end their careers. I hope someone will be watching.The issue of discontinued teachers is a disgrace of the highest order and one that makes a mockery -- and an extraordinarily painful and costly mockery -- of simply human decency, never mind unionism. Furthermore, I would argue that to unfairly strip a person who has labored for years in preparation of their right to make a living is too an attack on social justice, no less, in essence than the unfair and rigged closing of a school. I have had the painful and unsettling experience of watching helplessly as some of my colleagues were cast away like trash by a psychotic principal via the process of discontinuance and four years later all four continue to struggle to find work and feed their families.
Note that I'm blanking out the teachers' names - even though their names are all over the place with announcements. Why? I believe that having their names out there jeopardizes them for future jobs. We've seen this already with others who spoke out publicly. In essence the DOE has people over a barrel and oh what a feeling of helplessness, even for me who wants to blast these monsters who abuse teachers while also wanting to protect the teachers. Grrrrrrrrrr.