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When we undo the 2005 contract…

August 29, 2008 pm31 4:40 pm

…we should start with the two days in August.

They are useless, a waste of time, pull us in 5 days earlier (break goes from 68 to 63 days, except for summer school from 30 to 25).

In New York City, teachers already work until June 26, later than most districts, and later than any other that I know of. But until 2005, at least we had Labor Day.

The 2005 NYC teachers contract was a disaster. Negotiated away rights and time in return for cash. Bit by bit we are getting a grip on how much damage was done.

We made progress recently on not being able to grieve letters in files. If a letter is written to enforce or discipline for something that violates the contract, the underlying violation may be grieved, and the letter removed (happened on an attendance issue). That’s a little back. Unfortunately, the biggest loss was the threat of the grievance, which stopped many letters from ever being written.

Open Market transfers are horrible. Many positions are filled privately, then posted. I don’t know how many people have been unjustly suspended without pay, but we know they exist. The longer day.

And the longer year. Pointless. Mean. Insulting. Useless.

Breaks the Labor Day weekend away from the rest of the Summer. It wasn’t the biggest give back in 2005, but it is symbolically one of the ugliest. And it affects every single teacher. We should put rolling these days back right at the top of our list of demands for next year, and not back away from it.

And for those who whine “JD, when will you stop fighting 2005? It is past.” I answer “I will keep fighting it until the damage is undone.”

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 30, 2008 pm31 9:05 pm 9:05 pm

    Those who refuse to learn from the past deserve everything they get!

  2. anonymous permalink
    August 31, 2008 pm31 7:14 pm 7:14 pm

    (RANT ON)
    I must say that I wholeheartedly concur with your assessment that “the 2005 NYC contract was a disaster”. The extra cash? Just a little sugar to make the poison taste sweeter.

    Aside from the extra days (the proverbial camel’s nose in the tent) the biggest loss what the loss of the ability to grieve a letter in one’s file.

    Or was this reinstated? The reason I don’t know about this is because I left the NYCDOE, in part, over this issue.

    I had been teaching in NYC for 10+ years with an absolutely unblemished file. I transferred to a school where the administrators were absolutely horrible–incidentally, one of the schools in your DNA list. One of the administrators would routinely threaten us with letters in our files while reminding us that we couldn’t grieve it.

    Long story short, this jerk wound up placing a very derogatory letter in my file–one that had no immediate disciplinary consequences, but very bad looking nonetheless. And no, it wasn’t over anything pedagogical.

    I was so disgusted by this spiteful act, it absolutely ate me up inside for months. So after 10+ years as a tenured teacher (with honors and great stats) in NYC, I walked away from the NYCDOE to go to a fantastic school with very decent administrators.

    I didn’t have to leave. And most people said that I should have stayed “to help the kids” that really needed me. But the kinds of abuses I saw the year before I left were horrifying.

    The icing on the cake? I got paid 10% more immediately and 15% more this year.

    To those that think the extra pay was the chief motivator: Sorry, I love teaching. I never did it for the money. (But as a teacher, do I reason need to say that?) Teaching doesn’t even feel like work to me and I am thrilled that somebody would pay me to have fun. That is a absolutely sincere statement and I know there are people here who think like me.

    (RANT OFF)

  3. Chaz permalink
    September 2, 2008 am30 3:09 am 3:09 am

    How come you haven’t asked Leo Casey for the 2007 Open Market Transfer statistics? He published them in Edwize for 2006?

    My opinion is that until Randi and gang are gone, there is no hope of getting takebacks.

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