By Michael Kane
While an arm of AFL-CIO fights for unvaccinated workers in NY, UFT completely abandons unvaxxed educators.
Show up to TEACHERS FOR CHOICE Court Date June 21 in Staten Island.
NYC educators will now be getting a significant raise plus financial incentives on the backs of retirees and fired unvaccinated teachers and educators. According to labor reporter Bob Hennelly over 3,700 teachers have had their employment status “upended” over the vaccine mandate from 2021 (that number is worse for teachers aides) and over 250,000 retirees are set to lose out on their medical benefits over a controversial for-profit Medicare Advantage scheme.
The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) headed by Michael Mulgrew has actively worked to stop unvaccinated workers from getting their jobs back. This is perfectly symbolized in the Unity Caucus, run by Mulgrew, blocking TEACHERS FOR CHOICE on Twitter.
Badge of Honor;@uftunity – the Mulgrew Mafia that runs @UFT – has blocked #TeachersforChoice@rweingarten @BrianUFT @UFT @TeachLiberty1 @progressiveact @LuLFo9 @bravest4choice @educatorsofnyc @stucknation pic.twitter.com/VqA4BRn12r
— Teachers for Choice (@teacher_choice) June 13, 2023
While the UFT discards its unvaccinated members, many other unions have fought for reinstatement and rehiring, working with city council members (like Joann Ariola and Vickie Paladino) as well as with independent attorneys in the courtrooms. Both the firefighters and police officers unions (while not perfect) have fought for their fired brothers and sisters and have assisted the attorneys I work with to get New Yorkers their jobs back.
In addition the New York State Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO, (PEF) has been assisting my attorney, Sujata Gibson, in her case against the state-wide vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. PEF represents over 50,000 healthcare workers in New York. Their General Council Edward Greene has filed two affidavits against the vaccine mandate that has led to thousands of rank-and-file healthcare workers being fired for declining covid vaccination (both affidavits are downloadable as pdf’s at the end of this report).
Where is UFT General Council Beth Nolan when it comes to Kane v. de Blasio in federal court for 20 months? Where is she regarding the new TEACHERS FOR CHOICE Court Case backed by Children’s Health Defense being heard in New York State Supreme Court on June 21?
Many attorneys have told me UFT actively negotiated away our fundamental rights. Great work Mulgrew and gang!!
More Stats on Displaced NYC Educators
On top of the 3,700 displaced teachers, 15% of teachers aides and paraprofessionals lost their jobs over the same timeframe, according to Hennelly. Much of that loss was due to the vaccine mandate as well, though it is unclear what the precise number is. Nevertheless there is no question the vaccine mandate in NYC Schools cost the system thousands upon thousands of competent professionals which has exacerbated an already tragic shortage of competent educators in NYC.
The announcement (of NYC teachers raises) comes amidst a national crisis in teacher retention in the aftermath of the pandemic. According to a survey last year done by National Education Association, 55 percent of teachers in a national survey said that they were thinking of leaving their profession.
That same year, New York Stare Comptroller Tom DiNapoli reported that 2.5 percent of the city’s 77,160 teachers had left between June of 2020 and June 2021, in the first year of the pandemic. Close to 3,700 teachers’ employment status was upended over the city’s mandatory vaccination policy. [emphasis added]
The attrition rate was exponentially higher for teaching assistants, 15 percent of whom left over the same time frame. Similar retention challenges have been documented across multiple civil service titles.
ALL NY STATE EDUCATORS – Send a link to this report to Randi Weingarten and Michael Mulgrew, (and cc nyteachersforchoice @gmail.com while you are at it)
Source: Teachers for Choice
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