UFT Leadership--We Are Superheroes. You Are a Contrary Galoot.

Not in all those phrases, of program.  But they like to portray the UFT President as an infallible tremendous hero, kind of like the just one on the left. He’s struggling with down unattainable odds though you and I are whining on the sidelines. I can’t sit by means of the Town Hall presentations any much more, but James Eterno did, and kindly took notices:

We you should not hold out for some thing to transpire.

They certainly do not. They manufactured a offer, 6 months forward of the 2018 deal, for monumental health savings (for the metropolis, not us). That’s why they desired to dump all metropolis retirees into an Gain program. They essentially agreed to fund our have elevate, an counterintuitive, stupid precedent that will charge us dearly in deal negotiations.

Other men and women just say no. That does not sit very well with us. People today will yell and scream and do other factors. 

This is the stereotype they trot out any time any member dares disagree with them. You “just say no” for no individual rationale. Essentially, I have agreed with a lot of matters management did. I loved parental depart. It is really however a wonderful enhancement over the practically nothing we experienced formerly. I supported the 2018 contract (with no strategy the wellbeing savings they agreed to were so reckless and hurtful). 

Here is the difference between me and UFT management–when I make a oversight I are likely to say, “Sorry, I produced a blunder.” Back again when we experienced an on-line grading process, students would come up to me and check with, “How appear I bought a 10 rather of a 100?” I would say, “I variety too quickly,” and fix it. Were I UFT leadership, I might say to my students, “You are a whiner, always yelling and screaming and declaring no.” Then I’d fall short the kid for no reason. 

If I acted like that, I might be unfit. 

In actuality, as a person who could retire soon, I was also open to the modify in retiree well being care. But the moment they failed to even analyze the metropolis code, and lost the provider, I didn’t experience these individuals were capable of negotiating something worthwhile. Nicely, I was erroneous to support the overall health care adjust, and I was wrong to assistance the 2018 contract. Color my eyes huge open, and simply call me a nattering nabob of negativity. I have been running a blog since 2005, educating considering the fact that 1984, and I’ve listened to way worse. 

We want to develop the very best retiree program in the United states. We will not signal except if we think the strategy is greater.

Management now distances alone from Medicare Edge. Who can blame them, presented their spectacular and really public failure? The fact is, nevertheless, there is no choice for them that will pump hundreds of thousands of pounds into the metropolis like Advantage will. The other is, NOT all physicians accept it. And nonetheless they do it, it truly is very likely to be picked up by community medical professionals, just as GHI/ Emblem is. If you’re planning to transfer any place but Florida, excellent luck. 

Want transparency. Want record of prior authorizations. Want to be in a position to go to an pro if there is a disagreement and another person is denied.

We want a good deal of points. The actuality is, while, that the only motive Gain receives funds from the feds is that it saves them dollars. And it does so by denying processes. And the individuals who do so are normally skilled. Potentially they are pro in conserving money for the corporation, but they are expert nonetheless. 

Only one option if we don’t adjust Municipal Code.

And that is because you are unwilling to combat for what is correct. Evidently, you are unwilling even to negotiate. That is what comes about when you insist you happen to be proper no subject what. That’s what takes place when you give up and refuse to struggle.

There will be in-service vs retiree.

You by now advised us that, in an electronic mail.  UFT President Michael Mulgrew wrote us saying that if we failed to screw the retirees, we’d screw in-company instructors. Which is the classic zero-sum video game, the same factor that’s held America from common overall health treatment and a continuing strong center course. It can be amongst the very worst messages a union leader could broadcast. If you never help us screw them, we are gonna screw you. Massive risk

But it’s way too late for that. You screwed us all when you agreed to that well being treatment offer in 2018. Your career is to deal with your blunder, not blame us.

Disrespect toward people giving facts is unacceptable. Persons attacking chapter leaders and district reps not acceptble. 

In other words and phrases, sit down, shut up, and never dare disagree with us, at any time. This is not how you make activism or union. We establish activism and union by way of collective motion, not by blindly sagreeing with those people who’ve unsuccessful us more than and about, and surely not by issuing them a blank verify to do it all over again. 

UFT leadership sees them selves as Captain Marvel, but on this astral airplane, they really don’t even measure up to Captain Underpants.