Monday, September 21, 2015

John Elfrank-Dana: No Retro if on Leave - Bitterly disappointed and, sadly, not surprised...

UPDATED: Link to EEOC form: 
File 2 complaints:  Mulgrew/UFT and Farina/DoE.
"What would someone with no income and mounting medical bills do with a retro check anyway?" -- John Elfrank-Dana 
John fought the good fight at Murry Bergtraum HS for many years and has been an important ally of ICE and MORE over the years. John has had some health issues and we wish him well on his continued recovery. If you know
UFT/Unity Leadership sending you off
someone on leave, share this with them and urge them to file a complaint with the EEOC even if it does not turn out to be fruitful.

Here is the email from John:
We have established that UFTers on approved leave will not get a retro check for monies owed them due to NO fault of their own. In my case, I slipped down the subway steps and incurred a concussion and had two surgeries to correct. For this disability, the UFT agreed not to allow me to collect my 2009-2011 wages owed me for two years with no interest. I will supposedly get paid on Oct. 2017.  

Who do you know out on maternity or medical leave? You should forward them this email to see if it applies to them. If you are not affected but offended, send our president Mulgrew a message.

What you can do: File 2 complaints (one against Carmen Farina and NYC DoE and one against Michael Mulgrew and UFT). with the EEOC because you are being discriminated against as a result of your condition/disability (medical/pregnancy). The link to the EEOC form is here:

Take it to 33 Whitehall St. in Manhattan. Do it soon; possible gov't shutdown Oct. 1

Our union is supposed to uphold the principle of solidarity, which means "mutual support", not selective support. 

Bitterly disappointed and, sadly, not surprised...

In Solidarity,

John Elfrank-Dana
Former CL
Murry Bergtraum High School

Here's the quote from the UFT website (this provision is NOT in the contract but appears to be hashed out after we voted on it):
  • Retroactive money for the 4 percent raises in 2009 and 2010: Those who retire on or before June 30, 2014 will receive full retroactive pay for time worked in a lump sum. Those who retire after June 30, 2014 and employees who have been continuously employed and are in active service as of the date of the payout will receive retroactive pay in five lump-sum payments of roughly 12.5 percent in October 2015, 12.5 percent in October 2017, 25 percent in October 2018, 25 percent in October 2019 and 25 percent in October 2020.


  1. So If a person worked those years where he or she was supposed to receive retro and then goes on an approved medical/medical/childcare leave afterwards, they are not entitled to the retro money for the time they worked. The time between the work and the retro payout is seven years. So many things can happen in seven years. This is so unfair.

  2. Thank you for sharing this very important information. I followed the link that you provided and will be filing a complaint ASAP. I was wondering if anyone else has attempted to file yet and if a lawyer is necessary?


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