I dialed into a UFT Town Hall call today. I'm actually still on the call now but wanted to blog this first:
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said there will be a compensation package of some sort for working through Spring Break. This may not mean money (it could be days or pension time or take some other shape or form) but we will, of course, be compensated. Mulgrew said he brought this up with the powers that be and that the powers at acknowledged, absolutely. that that "conversation has to take place at some point". So, that 2% (ish) that we'd be losing for teaching Spring Break will happens.
This leaves only one question: Who's up for doing their part to support during this time?
Me. I'm up for it. Are you?
Of course you are ;) ...
A few other highlights from the first few minutes of the call:
Anyone who takes a religious day during this time, won't be charged for a sub and go move beyond the three days in needs be.
I joined during the nurse's report. I missed her name and hospital. I broke down when she said "we had to get a truck because our morgue was not built for this many bodies". That really brought it home for me. I'm going to donate 2% of my annual pay to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund, which helps among others, the Health Care Providers who are grinding this out in the hospitals. You should too.
We're in for years ... years .. worth of terrible budgets. For some of us, this will last for the rest of our careers. Just be ready for it.
Randi articulated best: "The economy just stopped". That really hit home.
The budget is flat from last year. This is really good!! The state is looking for a $5 billion reduction in their spending but, somehow, education has been able to hold the same amount as last year. That's no reduction in EDU spending. That's really good news.
Mulgrew also made clear: The UFT will be fighting to "hold schools harmless" and will be pushing to make sure those cuts come from the DoE central. That's good news, too.