UFT’s Unity Caucus states dissidents are spreading misinformation. I guess I’m a dissident, now that I have resolved retiree advantages ought to not be lower. Leadership’s selection to really encourage cuts by pitting in-assistance users versus retirees goes in opposition to every little thing a union should really stand for.

Leadership now cries any individual who isn’t going to stick to the get together line is a liar. This, of course, is their typical MO. And make no miscalculation, it is really argumentum ad hominem, the apply of insulting your opponent rather than participating in honest discourse. It is rational fallacy. That’s what you go to when you do not, in point, have an precise argument.

Retirees have been thrust into the struggle of their lives, seeking to retain the wellness care they have acquired and savored for many years. Michael Mulgrew and the MLC want to replace it with a Medicare Gain plan to preserve the town revenue.

It really is an odd placement, because the metropolis is supposed to be our adversary when we negotiate. Mulgrew sides with the town. He and his smaller military of UFT workforce and would-be personnel, the Unity Caucus, are now producing us, the membership, his adversaries. They contact us names. They ridicule us. They desire we end preventing to maintain our rights.

This is not what union is for. (If you might be curious about what union is for, and what a single can do, examine this reserve.)

They declare they are preventing for option. Nonetheless, the alternative they suggest retirees experience, as they get by on outlined pensions, is the alternative of shelling out 5K per few, per calendar year if they want to retain the care the city has made available for decades. Otherwise, they will be saddled with inferior treatment that will price tag them, at the quite least, time acquiring strategies that CVS/ Aetna does not really feel like shelling out for. They will not have obtain to approximately the amount of medical practitioners that just take common Medicare, and if they stay any place but NY or Florida, they will not be served very well at all.

But let’s speak about who seriously spreads misinformation. This will come from my notes on the UFT Delegate Assembly Oct 12, 2018:

Mulgrew—Health treatment negotiated with all unions. Accomplished 6 months ago. MLC
believed a thing poor could happen with wellbeing care mainly because of DC. We
needed to lock in a deal. No more copays, but manufactured a transform for
all unions. We attempted to get prepare in far better spot. Was proactive
method. Has been out for 6 months. Was smart matter to lock down our
wellbeing care with no considerable cost ships to union membership. Some others
spend 3200 out of pocket. We are only personnel who can get ideas with no
rates attached. If UFT members get most cancers they can go to Memorial
Sloan Kettering—this is with HIP, also Medical center of Distinctive Operation. Go
examine it ahead of you tie it to this contract. 

Let us examine that. UFT President Michael Mulgrew informed us there were being no added copays. Soon thereafter, it price tag us $150 to go to an ER, up from 50. It price us $50 to go to an Urgent Care. I don’t recall what is was before, but that’s a hike. We just figured out that Professional Health Urgent Treatment will run $100. And if you want to go for an MRI anyplace but RadNet, it will price you $100.

Usually are not people further copays?

And pardon me, but just isn’t 5K a yr to keep the well being care you need in your most vulnerable several years a major charge? Is not it significantly major to members who retired with lessen salaries, like UFT paraprofessionals and DC37 employees?

Who is really spreading misinformation? This is what Unity Caucus tweeted:

We know now that true misinformation originated from Mulgrew, the variety a person Big Kahoona of the Unity Caucus. Let us look at their other accusation–spreading panic. The simple fact is UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent us an e-mail stating that if we did not concede to the mayor’s demand to demean wellbeing care for retirees, he would impose a quality on wellness treatment for in-support workers. Let us established apart the fact that the mayor does not have the ideal to do this unilaterally, and is bound to negotiate. Mulgrew’s danger is a vintage attraction to worry, much more rational fallacy.

It appears Mulgrew’s Unity Caucus, aside from indulging in several and sundry rational fallacies, needs to venture its very own shortcomings on all those of us who battle to defend member rights.

As for the “order,” Jonathan has very clear proof, in Scheinman’s possess text, on why it is not, in truth, any these kinds of point.

It is really unquestionably disgraceful that the President of our Union fights tooth and nail to diminish our health and fitness care. And the reality is, by attempting to slap a 5K penalty on any retiree few who wishes to retain conventional Medicare, he is in point imposing a incredibly considerable quality. He’s minimizing our compensation, just one way or a further, by way of health and fitness treatment fees, just like Scott Walker and each individual other tinhorn anti-union politician did.

The UFT wants management that will combat for us, not the mayor, not the NYC treasury, and certainly not CVS/Aetna.

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