Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are All Meaningful Resolutions Denied by the UFT?

It seems that every time a proposed resolution (that many feel strongly about and that will have a big impact), is presented to the UFT, it is denied. The latest being a resolution against high stake testing. I understand the union's position , but if a majority of teachers want this (and I believe the figure would be close to 100%), isn't the union obligated to pass it? If the union is protecting us from ourselves, shouldn't they have stopped the presentation of the 2005 teachers contract? What about ATRs having their own chapter? Denied.

I have supported the union for over 20 years. All (!) of my former colleagues are ATRs. When I enter a large campus building there are 5 or 6 Chapter Leaders that are untenured, afraid, and completely ignorant of the rights of those they are supposed to be representing. One told me, the union can't protect him. He's right, and no one seems to notice or care. I believe the union has to start being proactive instead of reactive. Use strategy and planning. If the union wants to quiet dissension (from the rank and file), it needs to instill pride instead of fear, fairness instead of inequality, and discussion instead of silence. Telling us to shut up because we are being attacked is not the way to accomplish that goal.

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