We are pleased that uft and DOE have come to the right direction, that teachers, paraprofessionals and other school staff should not risk being exposed to COVID-19 by commuting around the city and sitting with colleagues in poorly ventilated premises to teach remotely. Given that even the tiny progress made in this agreement won`t come into effect until October 5, this simple request comes too late for the pre-K and D75 who this week began working in person with students and certainly too late for the tens of thousands of teachers who have to teach personally on Tuesdays and Thursdays. My neighbor is a school principal and he hasn`t even heard of this deal! How lamentable is this system? Unknown 7:10, my friend has personal lessons either 1 or 2 days a week, depending on where we are in the cycle. My manager originally told her that she could work from home, that she had to take it back and that she would allow it again from October 5, when the agreement comes into force. I advise you to ask. Unfortunately, in recent weeks and months, this agreement and previous agreements have been profoundly flawed and do not address the issues facing our communities. This is a predictable by-product of undemocratic decisions by our union leaders, who have made it clear that they are prepared to give up virtually anything if it means that President Mulgrew can announce a deal with this government. The other provisions of this agreement are similar and, in some cases, much more problematic: the following update was published on Wednesday, December 10, 2020, sent by michael Mulgrew, president of the UFT, and the UFT Paraprofessionals Chapter Leader Shelvy Young-Abrams to all paraprofessionals employed by doE. Excuse me, I will call you in June.
That`s enough. I`m really happy for my colleagues who might now be able to work remotely and make their families safer, but I`m also angry because the recent UFT deal marginalizes all those who are single and healthy. It`s as if the UFT has accepted that some of us deserve to be safer than others because we don`t have certain types of relationships. If the building is not safe enough to be fully occupied (medical accommodations aside, then they are not safe enough for anyone, including children. Am I the only one who thinks that? The UFT has again abandoned a large part of its voters….