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UFT stops December 5 firing

December 5, 2008 am31 7:37 am

I just received the following message from the UFT (the text is a letter sent to the RTRs; I’ve omitted the little explanatory preamble to Chapter Leaders)

With you and 87 other unassigned teaching fellows facing termination tomorrow, the union went to court today to seek an injunction to save your jobs. I’m pleased to announce that the judge hearing our case has issued a temporary restraining order against the DOE until we can make arguments before her on Tuesday.

Because the UFT/DOE collective-bargaining agreement prohibits layoffs except in the event of a citywide fiscal emergency, it’s our view that the DOE does not have the authority to terminate you. We have asked the DOE to issue an expedited decision in the grievance that we filed on your behalf so we can take the case to arbitration.

The union also plans to file a complaint shortly with the state Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) contending that the pre-employment contract you were required to sign is not enforceable because it contradicts the UFT/DOE collective-bargaining agreement.

The school system was wrong to make promises to you that it couldn’t keep.

Despite already having unassigned teachers in reserve, the Teaching Fellows program did not curtail its hiring this September and then offered little support to fellows seeking classroom placements. Many of you relocated and left secure jobs in other professions to teach our city’s neediest students. After rearranging your lives to make this career change, you are being turned out after a mere few months through no fault of your own and in violation of the collective-bargaining agreement. We believe that the DOE has an obligation to keep you through the end of the school year at the very least.

Please know that we are doing everything we can to fight for you.


Randi Weingarten
UFT President
4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    December 7, 2008 am31 8:55 am 8:55 am

    I am glad to hear this. While I know their is usually animosity between senior teacher/UFT and alternative certficate programs such as NYCTF/TFA, it is not right that most of the people who accepted the program cannot get a job because of promises made by the DOE. Good for you UFT!

  2. December 8, 2008 am31 9:37 am 9:37 am

    Good for all of us.

  3. Lucky Star permalink
    December 8, 2008 pm31 8:31 pm 8:31 pm

    While I believe, for the most part, that it is a good thing that Randi is trying to do something that is real and concrete for those who are part of the RTR corps, the principals and administrators within the DOE are still trying to pit veteran teachers against the RTR corps and vice versa. How do I know this to be true? Well, let’s just say that the principal at my current school, which I just joined in September, spent the last 2 and 1/2 weeks of November, trying to harrass me out of position to make room for a RTR because a RTR costs less than me and becuase of the fact that the DOE cut his budget by $55,000 in November. Unfortunately for the principal and the RTR in question, by the time I cried “uncle” and by the time my health deteriorated (due to the harrassment from the principal) to the point that I decided to take sick days from my 90 day plus c.a.r. bank, it was too late for the RTR to be hired. Interestingly though, if my principal had just been honest about his intentions, I would have gladly moved out of his way so that he could have hired the RTR in my position, because of the fact that a school that I had applied to just this past summer was looking for a teacher and had called to ask me about possibly taking the position, which I ultimately couldn’t accept because of my position in my current school. Thus, it can be accurately concluded that the RTR vs. Veteran teacher battles are alive and well. Moreover, I believe that it can also be accurately concluded that Randi has done more to help and has shown more support to the RTR corps than she has for the ATR corps, as evidenced by her complete lack of support for the recent ATR Rally. Thus, in my opinion, it is long overdue for Randi Weigarten to be taken to task for what she has allowed the NYCDOE to do to both our union as a whole and for what she has allowed the NYCDOE to do veteran teachers in particular.


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