Remember the letter that Philip Nobile wrote to all the UFT bigwigs about the two-hour commute from Brooklyn to Staten Island that the DOE was subjecting him to? You forgot? It seems that the UFT forgot it about it also, since none of their top leaders chose to answer Nobile's plea for help. Here is Nobile's post mortem on this sorry story:
Sad to say, but no surprise, none of the UFT 1 percent responded to my plea re ATRs condemned to hardship commutes. Apparently, Mulgrew et al. have other things on their mind.
Still, there is light at the end of the tunnel. BASIS rep Tom Bennett says that our complaints have not gone unheard:
"I certainly agree and echo your sentiments. The District 76 situation is a disgrace. We are certainly making this case in conversations with the DOE, and we’re hopeful that there are a few sane people left on the other side. I’ll let you know if I hear any good news."
Bennett told me later on the phone that some S.I. principals have been accommodating. So on Friday I called the faraway McCown Expeditionary School on the Island, this week's assignment, and said that I would be unable (i.e., adverse) to make the monastic 7:45am start.
"Could you make it by 8:30?" I was asked. That I could do. I urge ATRS to follow the same route for the time being.
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