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Court delays RTR firings again; UFT arbitration continues

December 10, 2008 am31 5:36 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). This is the second temporary victory on the RTR front within a week.

I’m pleased to announce that the judge hearing our case today granted a preliminary injunction preventing the DOE from firing you and the other 87 Teaching Fellows hired over the summer who did not secure full-time school assignments by December 5 until our case is heard in arbitration.

The DOE was prepared to fire unassigned teaching fellows just because it didn’t place them in permanent school positions. We argued that the DOE was wrong to require the fellows to sign contracts that allow for their dismissal if they did not secure permanent school assignments by its Dec. 5 deadline.

We filed a grievance earlier this fall charging that unassigned teaching fellows like yourself are being improperly targeted for termination because the DOE contract that you were required to sign does not supersede the UFT collective-bargaining agreement.

We tried to work this out, but the clock was ticking. So we went to court because we wanted to give the arbitration process a chance to work. The court saw our point of view and gave you a reprieve.

Go here to view the press release we issued today.

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

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Randi Weingarten
UFT President

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