The Takeaway: New contract will be the same as the old one with some minor tweaks.
The UFT Cone of Silence has descended on those who attended today's contract committee meeting with a new twist. The Cone has been electrified to zap anyone who repeats even a few words of what was discussed. I experienced this first hand as people who tried to call me with the latest info on the upcoming sell-out had their phones go dead to the sounds of loudly screaming their final words: And then Mulgrew said....... SILENCE --
Before the blackouts hit I managed to hear that the event was very well managed by the Unity machine. See, they haven't lost their mojo at what they do best - managing the membership. If the Negotiating committee '22 is made into a movie, the screenplay may win an Oscar.
It's appropriate the play version is being performed on Broadway and is up for a Lower Broadway Tony - the only show in that part of town. The magic in making the cast of 500 actually believe what they had to say counts is a miracle of UFT/Unity PR.
As for delivering a contract with real gains --- no worries - just vote NO now.
Ed Notes has covered The Cone over the years:
Thursday, June 23, 2022
VOTE NO on Whatever Contract Unity Negotiates/ Resist UFT Cone of Silence, Calls for Open Bargaining
I raised some questions on the then 350 member Neg Comm, n