We ask that you or Elementary Vice President Karen Alford attend the final day of the hearing this Friday, March 10 in order to send a clear message to the DOE, the arbitrator, and UFT rank and filers that the UFT supports this chapter leader. We further ask you to offer the assistance of the UFT press office in publicizing this defense. We further ask that you intervene personally with the chancellor around this case. If we do not defend our chapter leaders publicly and strongly, we may soon not have a union to defend at all....Before I head down to the hearing I wanted to post this call for the UFT leadership to offer public support by showing up today. Our most recent post on the CPE 1 retaliatory 3020a charges against a chapter leader -- Fight Farina Assault on Teacher Rights: Friday 9:30 - In Defense of a Chapter Leader Under 3020a Dismissal Charges
MORE/New Action Ex Bd members letter to Mulgrew
Last week the absence of UFT reps in the waiting room was noticed by parents. One of them told me a story about how she interacted with someone from the UFT and pointed out that I was there: The full-time UFTer responded with: "Well, he's retired." OK.
I know how the UFT thinks. If they show up here others will expect them to show up. They are also nervous about the way charges are presented -- not in an honest way to get at the truth, but to come up with every single thing the teacher might have done or written to use against them. Every single teacher does something at some point. So there is always germs of truth in the charges -- germs and manipulated alt facts. We know in this case that the principal did not remove Marilyn Martinez -- the Supt did and we are guessing that has to do with the battle against the principal, which every chapter leader in every school should be taking part in when the principal does wrong as part of their job.
And as I saw with the Portelos case, much of the defense against many of the charges - which were based on his role as CL -- was challenging those charges as interfering in the actions of the union.
When CLs are brought up on charges that should be a red flag to the union not to treat these cases like any other 3020a dismissal case.
Here is the letter in full.