December 2, 2011
From: Philip Nobile
To: Thomas Bennett, Basis HS representative; Amy Arundell, Special Representative; Howard Schoor, Brookly Borough Representative; Cc: Michael Mulgrew, President; Michael Mendel, Secretary
Dear colleagues :
You have not responded to my email query of November 12 quoted below:
"According to Tom [Bennett], the UFT is talking to DOE about insane ATR commutes. I urge all deliberate speed. I just got my 3rd S.I. order in four weeks [Nobile lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn]. Please update. When did the UFT last speak to DOE on this matter and what was the conclusion?"
As you know, ATRs are discontented with their plight, especially considering that we are barred from the committee reviewing the agreement. This is typical of how Unity leadership operates. The top tells the bottom (ATRs) that they are unworthy of chapter representation or access to DA or chapter leader meetings. And topping off our disenfranchisement, you deprive us of basic information like the above.
Please answer my question. Thanks for your consideration.
From: Thomas Bennet
To: Philip Nobile
I said we are talking to them. By that I mean we had hoped that the DOE would see that a more sensible approach to the Tottenville-Bed-Stuy shuttle would be in everyone’s interest. I haven’t heard much from ATRs in the last few weeks, so I’m wondering if DOE has started keeping people closer to home?
Your assertion that all ATRs are disconcerted with their plight, and their lack of equanimity arises from their ignorance of “secret” bargaining sessions, access to DA, and separate chapter representation is not borne out by my experience, and I speak with a lot of ATRs.
Naturally, if I hear anything about a change of policy, I’ll let you know. And please keep me informed about any changes you experience in the field.
I’m still looking for you at Staten Island Tech. Perhaps we can team-teach my Global class one of these weeks.
From: Philip Nobile
To: Thomas Bennett
Apparently, we talk to different ATRs. I've never met a contented one.
Mulgrew's lipstick has worn off this pig. The ATR situation is akin to the rubber room fiasco, and the UFT's hands are all over it. How would you like to sub in a different school every week? Silly question.
Anyhow, why won't somebody tell me:
(1) who from the UFT has talked to DOE about ATRs and when;(2) what was on the agenda and what was the DOE's reaction
to commuter complaints, and the UFT's counter-reaction; and
(3) why are no ATRs on the the UFT review committee?
These are basic questions. We need to know if you're fighting for us. In the name of transparency the UFT owes ATRs an explanation.
On the other hand, only co-teaching with you could carry me back to S.I.
P.S. Howie promised future ATR meetings at the October fest. Do you have a date in mind?