Vote NO to Repression and Surrender. Time to OCCUPY UTD!!!

11 REASONS FOR A NO VOTE NOVEMBER 19TH –

& How to Help Save Our Dignity, Homes, & Profession

shortlink: http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/?p=501

Here’s the summary and action points. Read below for the details and references:

1. Broad Prize winners deserve better
7. Each step surrendered = LOWER RETIREMENT
2. A NO vote will not result in a worse deal 8. Months of “Negotiations=5 pages? That’s No Contract
3. MDCPS just secured $1.2 Billion in bond money 9. 1% Increase for half the steps? Is that a Typo Karen?
4. MDCPS rolls over $600 million unused $$ each year 10. Support’s 2.25% is NO STEP & less than inflation
5. MDCPS mixes “budget” with “funding”, funding is up 11. P.4′s “Irrespective” clause = Annual’s Can be FIRED
6. Impasse=status quo, status quo=1 step, negotiate 2!

Action Points:

1) This is why I am voting NO on this contract.

2) Monitor your school-site elections and send me a picture of the vote tally to beights@yahoo.com and/or report your tally of the votes here: http://bit.ly/2012contract

3) Stay in touch and informed. Read: www.teacherswakeup.com and http://kafkateach.wordpress.com/ and http://www.audaciouslady.com/ and www.shawnbeightol.com

4) Donate to the rebel fund who are fighting this sold out UTD leadership for you and your profession: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3NQWYL9L5XJKQ

5) Join me and many other “MAD AS HELL” unit members to OCCUPY UTD Sunday afternoon from
Noon til Sunday Night. – I will stand with my brother and sister educators to protest the lack of respect and failed leadership they are showing for our profession:

I will NOT stay all night or miss school since UTD canceled the ability to cast an absentee ballot at the UTD office.

OCCUPY UTD LEADERSHIP!

THE RANK AND FILE DEMANDS

THE RISE OF UNION LEADERSHIP COMMITTED TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & THE BARGAINING UNIT

THE FALL OF SELLOUT LEADERSHIP THAT ENGAGES IN QUESTIONABLE VOTING PRACTICES AND CLOSED DOOR DEALS STEEPED IN INEQUITY

UTD Headquarters at 2200 Biscayne Blvd that’s 22nd and Biscayne Blvd.

12 noon on Sunday, November 18, 2012 – Bring lunch, lawn chairs, coolers, tents, signs, papers to grade.

* This is a lawful and peaceful assembly with a City of Miami Event Permit

Explanations and References:

5 Time Broad Prize winners deserve better

1) Miami Educators have been nominated as Broad Prize Winners 5 times now, most recently
receiving the National Award over all other school districts, producing travel, performance pay, and career opportunities for our administrators.

(see http://news.yahoo.com/miami-dade-county-public-schools-awarded-2012-broad-160000925.html ).

A NO Vote Will NOT result in a worse deal

2) a NO vote WILL NOT result in a worse deal, not if we have a real union leader and their lawyers working FOR US:

a. In 2007-2008, UTD/MDCPS negotiated a healthcare agreement described variously as an increase of between 35% – 253%. We voted it down with a resounding NO in February of 2008. The school board responded by granting a NO INCREASE healthcare extension.

b. In May 2011, Florida’s Public Employees’ Relations Commission ruled in favor of teachers and support staff because we MDCPS/UTD unit members were the ONLY group of educators in FLORIDA that had not had a raise in the 2 years prior (now 3).

The judge ruled that we should be given a raise, bonus or “something more than nothing”…unfortunately we allowed MDCPS and UTD lawyers to defeat the ordered raise together (see http://shawnbeightol.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/10Minutes-aComplicity.pdf ).

MDCPS just secured $1.2 Billion in bond money

3) MDCPS has just convinced taxpayers to fund up to $1.2 Billion in capital improvements,
at the very least this is money which Florida Statutes 1013.64 allows to relieve the Operating Budget to some extent.

MDCPS rolls over $600 million unused $$ each year

4) MDCPS rolls over about $600 Million each year from the previous year, much higher than the 2-3% required by Florida Statute 1011.051. See page 9 of http://drs.dadeschools.net/StatisticalHighlights/SH11-12.pdf

MDCPS mixes “budget” with “funding”, funding is up

5) MDCPS continues to show increased funding (don’t be fooled by their claim of “cut budgets” – a budget is what they ask for, funding is what they get). Our funding is INCREASED each of the last 17 years except 4 (’01, ’08, ’09, ’11) per FEFP AND MDCPS Statistical Highlights. We are currently $1000 per student AHEAD of where we should be by inflation! Look through the Florida Education Finance Program (http://www.fldoe.org/fefp/offrfefp.asp ) and the MDCPS Statistical Highlights page: (http://drs.dadeschools.net/StatisticalHighlights/SH.asp

Impasse=status quo, status quo=1 step, negotiate 2!

6 ) Florida public employee contract law requires “collective bargaining issues at impasse…shall be resolved …by otherwise maintaining the status quo under the language of the applicable current collective bargaining agreements.” (footnote, F.S.447.403 Resolution of impasses ). We have a collective bargaining agreement that has provision for a step ALREADY and it is in EFFECT NOW as status quo. If we had a union leader, she would push for impasse (knowing that the judge would rule in our favor since we are 1 further year behind cost of living increases) and SUE FOR THE STEP ALREADY REQUIRED under the “current collective bargaining agreement” for this year. WE WOULD WIN IN COURT AS WE DID LAST MAY! Then we negotiate for 2 steps and $2,000 in retroactive/missed pay in the new agreement.

Each step surrendered = LOWER RETIREMENT

7 ) It’s been 3 years since the 2009-2010 half-year step, and before that it was 3 years of
no steps (2006 half-year step).

Each step you let MDCPS keep is a decrease in your LIFETIME RETIREMENT monthly payment during a time of your life when you cannot work as you can now and your medical bills will be higher.

Months of “Negotiations”=5 pages? That’s No Contract

8 ) 5 months of negotiating and all they can show is 5 slim pages of tweaks? Mostly blank
white spaces? That’s not a contract…

Less than 1% Increase for half the steps? Is that a Typo Karen?

9) Karen made much ado about a 1% TYPO? But then sells us a contract where the steps are
only adjusted by an average of less than 1% and the average increase in salary THIS YEAR is 3.7% to make up for 3 years of no raises but the highest cost of living/income divide in the United States (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/19/housing-transportation-costs-grew-faster-than-income-for-urban-middle-class-study_n_1982522.html ).

The Federal Government has said the period of time for which we haven’t had a raise was a 5.3% COLA increase…and this is artificially low due to the suppression of the calculation for 2009-2010 (Fed decreed these 2 years to be 0% COLA to balance the budget http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/colaseries.html)

THIS YEAR, exactly half (9 out of 18 steps) of the steps result in an income increase LESS THAN 1%

NEXT YEAR, assuming we are granted a step, 2/3rds of all steps result in increases LESS THAN 1%

Recently hired new teachers on steps 1-3 will be stuck at 40,000, with no further increase for years

Teachers in the system for 7 years will be making under $1000 more than new hires, many of which are the stop gap/transient TFA’s and “____ to Teacher” recruits.

Yet, this proposal raises our insurance premiums by 6.5%
This proposal raises insurance deductibles 100%
This proposal raises Office Visit Copays 25%
(see
http://www.utd.org/file_download/651/TentativeAgreement-January27-2012.pdf pages 7-28
vs.
http://www.utd.org/file_download/1049/M-DCPS-UTD+TA+11-08-12+copy.pdf p.1)

The salary schedule is the same , worse than the one they held out as bait in 2006 and
NEVER FULFILLED (check and see: http://www2.dadeschools.net/employees/labor_union/utd/entire.pdf p.265 of contract/p.269 adobe vs
http://www.utd.org/file_download/1049/M-DCPS-UTD+TA+11-08-12+copy.pdf ).

Why believe they will this time? This is why I demanded RETRO pay + 2 steps upfront in return for Bond Support.

Support’s 2.25% is NO STEP & less than inflation

10 ) Support Staff are shafted again. They have been the target of the majority of reduction in force actions and now are subjected to a %2.25 increase to cover what the Federal Government has said was a 5.3% COLA increase…

P.4′s “Irrespective” clause = Annual’s Can be FIRED

11) Finally, UTD allows management to slip this clause into the contract on page 4 “irrespective of any evaluation process or rating, [annual contract employees] shall remain subject to non-reappointment actions. This means that if you are an Annual Contract employee that satisfies some unstated conditions…even if you have a perfect evaluation…you can be “non-reappointed” (that means fired at the end of the year in honest, everyday terms). This language directly contradicts the existing language and suggests that for all of us, as soon as we are decreed Annual Contract, we are moved to a 3 year window of non-rehireability.

This is why I think this contract is a joke…a bad one, a disgusting one, an insulting stroke added to the indignity of 5 years of stagnated pay under this UTD administration.

Action Points:

1) This is why I am voting NO on this contract. I hope you will share this with all your friends and colleagues as well: VOTE NO

2) This is why I will join many other “MAD AS HELL” unit members to OCCUPY UTD Sunday afternoon from Noon til Sunday Night. – I will stand with my brother and sister educators to protest the lack of respect and failed leadership they are showing for our profession:

I will NOT stay all night or miss school since UTD canceled the ability to cast an absentee ballot at the UTD office.

3) Monitor your school-site elections and send me a picture of the vote tally to beights@yahoo.com and/or report your tally of the votes here: http://bit.ly/2012contract

4) Stay in touch and informed. Read: www.teacherswakeup.com and http://kafkateach.wordpress.com/ and http://www.audaciouslady.com/ and: www.shawnbeightol.com

OCCUPY UTD LEADERSHIP!

THE RANK AND FILE DEMANDS

THE RISE OF UNION LEADERSHIP COMMITTED TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & THE BARGAINING UNIT

THE FALL OF SELLOUT LEADERSHIP THAT ENGAGES IN QUESTIONABLE VOTING PRACTICES AND CLOSED DOOR DEALS STEEPED IN INEQUITY

22nd and Biscayne Blvd.

12 noon on Sunday, November 18, 2012

* This is a lawful and peaceful assembly with a City of Miami Event Permit

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  • Tazpac2000

    Shawn – you is da real deal yo! Well stated… I’m spreading the word

  • L.B-Mathura

    Hi Shawn B.,nnWhy is Karen still in charge? Who is keeping her in that position? Obviously, she does not represent the hard-working teachers and other employees as zealously as she should. nnMDCPS screws everybody that is not a part of their clique. They have some of the most crooked lawyers and administrators, and perhaps even some board members. They ignore state and federal laws with impunity. nnThe lawyers, especially, cover each others’ backsides even thought they may be breaking the law. I know their deceit and malevolence firsthand because I have been experiencing it for the past seven and a half years. They are vindictive to the highest degree. nnShawn, I know that you more than anyone else I know, has experienced their vendettas and campaigns of vengeance. nnI am almost glad that I was forced to retire early – on disability and In-line-of-Duty as a crime victim of student-on-teacher violence. They also SPITEFULLY denied most of my lawful workers’ compensation benefits. I had to pay for 90% of my medical care out of my own pocket. nnTheir Human Resources and Workers’ Compensation Departments also had the gall to terminate my employment after knowing that I was permanently injured in their HOSTILE SCHOOL WORK SITE ENVIRONMENT.nnThese people are HEARTLESS, WICKED AND CRUEL. They do not care who they hurt, even if it is their own students who are also our dependents. They will lie and cheat to “win” at all costs. nnI pray that whatever they dole out to all of us will go back to them tenfold. It is the only way that they will understand how it feels to be downtrodden and hurt and then denied lawful benefits and a living wage.nnThe “Milk of Human Kindness” has certainly dried up in their unfeeling breasts. Have faith though, Good will conquer Evil eventually!nnStay Strong!

  • saltlife

    Tupac lives!!