During the last chapter leader election at Manhattan Center David Jimenez attempted to rig it by running Dennis Hernandez as a candidate. Luckily cool heads prevailed and Bob McCue was elected chapter leader.
Two weeks ago, David Musalik was elected chapter leader. Last week someone mailed me a copy of the letter David Musalik placed in the mailboxes of teachers.
The letter was titled.
For a more supportive union
This is my 8th year at Manhattan Center and I have always lived by the motto speak less and observe more. (Well here is what I observed your co-teaching and covering Bradley’s ass put you in favor of the administration. I am also sure that on more then one occasion you sold me out.) Over the years I’ve been surprised at the dynamic of how certain teachers view their colleagues. (Now I’m wondering which teachers you are talking about.) Why do teachers who have been at Center for 8 years or less so often viewed as sellouts (This is Jimenez talking because there have been a number of untenured teachers during your time at Manhattan Center that have been screwed by Jimenez. Really think about and why your are still there.) Actually we greatly respect veteran teachers who poured their blood, sweat and tears into the inner school system for decades and fought to get better pay over the years that newbies now enjoy. ( Let me break your heart and place a bit of realism on you. You are no longer a newbie you have tenure. Let’s see how you react when Jimenez discontinues one of the newbies next year and you have to fight for them.) However the new generation came into the workforce during the Great Recession, with 100gs plus student loan debt and get labeled sellouts for not wanting to bite the hand that feeds you. This makes no sense (First, Excellent grammar this must have been written by Albetta. Second, you are not paid by Jimenez, but the New York City Department of Education and since you are a tenure teacher if you are excessed you will still be paid by the New York City Department of Education. As for your 100 grand in students loans I have them too So what is your point.) Young and Veterans alike want to own homes and support or start a family, so we are dedicated to work. ( Curiosity Young and Veterans. who is the subject?) We stay late at work, offering tutoring, sponsoring clubs and collaborating with the administration. (According to http://www.seethroughny.net you are paid handsomely for your after school work. I find the term collaborating with the administration very interesting considering you were very rarely seen at union meetings.) We don’t get embroiled in old grudges or hidden agendas or worse yet become casualties of them. (Okay let me enlighten you Jimenez is a liar according to the Arbitrator in my hearing. There are no hidden agendas except protecting teachers against vindictive principals. While you are sitting in Jimenez’s office collaborating against your peers. I’m watching new teachers being stressed to death by a system that wants them to work for no more then five years.) We want to know about TDA, earning our plus thirty in the fastest least costly way, deferred compensation, 457 and so much more we expect our chapter leader to provide us information about. (I thought Bob did a pretty good job giving us that info.) Moreover if I win this election, I will dedicate this summer to expanding my knowledge of the contract and attending training sessions to learn how to better serve our memebers. According to http://www.uft.organization under responsibilities of a chapter leader #23 states protecting the confidentiality of all members.” And I take this very seriously. (This sounds like a Freudian slip. Is it because you’re constantly collaborating with the administration give your peers the wrong idea.) My job is to support our members in every aspect of our contract.
Vote Musalik-Tramm on Friday
Funny thing is Jimenez was overjoyed by your election. He announced it at the top of his lungs in the Love Cafe.
Once again I congratulate David Musalik on his victory. My only words to you are this You have more than 8 years, your earning above 70 grand, and your moving up in the age department. You’re also dancing with the Devil one slip and you’ll be targeted and wind up in the ATR pool. Remember Jimenez’s other friends Pepin. Pena and Rubio