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RA hosted a successful Zoom meeting of 240 participants on March 7 Here is a link to FAQs and Information about the upcoming election and health care Issues for UFT and other municipal union members.
Ballots for the upcoming UFT Election will be mailed out the first week of April.It is very important to update/confirm your UFT mailing address asap. Here is how you can do this:
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The Mulgrew Report Card 2019 - 2022 from New Action Leadership 2020 - Failed to close schools in a timely manner in March 2020, putting teachers and students at risk from COVID Leadership 2021 - Failed to report ongoing failrure of the DOE in testing and infection rates of both staff and students in unsafe schools Support for Chapter Leaders - Failed to protect Chapter Leaders from abusive administrators, weakening the union Program for addressing abusive administrators - Abandoned the Principals In Need of Improvement Campaign 2014, allowing over 200 principals citywide to harass members Evaluations - Allowed Danielson-based APPR to be
weaponized to intidimate teachers. Failure to restore the right of
members to grieve unfair observations and letters in file Probationary Teachers- Failed to gain due process for
probationary and fails to protect them from abusive tenure extensions
and to restore jobs after discontinuations Health Care - Secretly negotiated to lower retiree
health benefits in Winter 2021. Currently developing a plan to lower
benefits for in-service members. Pensions - Stood by letting politicians and a corrupt
governor form Tier V and Tier VI pensions for our active members and
failed to improve the COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for retirees. Class Size - Failed to improve on 1960s class size contractual limits and failed to implement the CFE lawsuit to bring class size limits
down to State averages. Only recently released TV ads during the election campaign but failed to deliver on legislation. Democracy - Abandoned the bipartisan organizing
committee helping chapter leaders. Does not support the election of
District Reps by the members. Doesn't support proportional
representation in all Union Elections. Favors one party (Unity) control. United for Change Platform
Adams said he would appeal the Judge's decision even after he called
the original MAPP a "bait and switch" move. Now the folks who
sponsored the legal case have filed a counter appeal To find out more,
read the city's appeal, counter appeal and sign the petition. click here.
from Len Rodberg,
Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies, Queens College, CUNY. I
don't know if substantive arguments are permitted in an appeal, but if
they are, the ones the City is making on MAPP are simply false.
Not only is MAPP not better than Medicare + SeniorCare, it is an
inferior cut-rate product that will harm anyone unfortunate enough to
get sick while in it. The City is simply wrong in thinking (a) that the
federal government will make up for the reduction in what the City is
spending and (b) that the private sector is somehow more efficient than
the public sector. Both assertions are demonstrably false. Here's the link
Well over 45,000 NYC retirees have rejected the MAPPby
opting out to stay in their traditional free Medicare Plan in spite of
the fact that they will have to pay a $200 a month premium. Opt Out GHI Senior Care Co-Pays: Since the judge did not decide on the issue of the newly imposed Co-Pays, (once you meet your deductible, they will go into effect) please pay them and keep your receipts
Still wondering about MAPP? Read the PSC report on the first draft contract from last November The draft contract between the Alliance and the City is deeply flawed. First, it provides for little accountability to retirees or the City of New York (identified as the plan sponsor with the Municipal Labor Committee) as to medical care, health outcomes, or cost. Second, the contract gives the Alliance wide latitude to make changes in benefits, pre-certification requirements, and premiums charged the City. This draft contract should not be approved.
ie. The Alliance asserts the right to “waive or modify any referral, authorization, or certification requirements, benefit limits, or other processes contained in the Evidence of Coverage [Plan] if such waiver is in the best interest of a Member or will facilitate effective and efficient administration of claims.” (Section 13B, p. 7) Defining the "best interest of a Member" or what"facilitate[s] the effective and efficient administration of claims" should be the subject of consultation and approval between the insurer and the sponsor (NYC/MLC), not left to the Alliance alone.