Thursday, March 18, 2010
Another Example Of Why You Should Vote ICE
The last contract empowered Principals. It gave them the ability to run schools as they see fit, teachers be damned. Just look at all the teachers sitting in the rubber room on trumped up charges, if you doubt what I am writing. And, its not just the rubber room that is the problem. Look at what Ms. Brave's principal did to her and the teachers of her school this week. UNITY sold us the contract that gave the principals this tyrannical power. It is up to us to stop them.
A teacher I know filed a grievance against her principal. She claims one thing and he claims another. The union agreed to take her grievance to arbitration but ended up throwing out the grievance before she was even allowed to present her case. This makes us all wonder about the deals being struck with the union and the arbitrator and the UNITY rep who offered no protest on her behalf.
Next, the teacher found a higher authority in the union to write to. This person agreed that the teacher had a case and promised to look into it. But, someone even higher put a stop to this too. She just got an e-mail telling her the principal is correct, and she is not, while clearly she has evidence in her defense.
Let me be perfectly clear here. I'm not stating here that the principal is wrong and the teacher is right. It does not matter what I personally believe. I'm stating that our union, the one we pay almost $100 a month to did nothing to stand up for her. Our union did not even bother to properly research and present her case. Our union sold her out.
Take your pink envelopes and put a big X in the ICE box. New Action supports UNITY and UNITY must go. I'm going to be retired soon but most of you will hopefully have long careers in the field of education. You need protection and to get it, you need a change. ICE is that change.