IS UTLA UNWITTINGLY HELPING LAUSD GET RID OF TEACHERS?

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

On April 26, 2013 the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) sent out a letter to all of the hundreds of teachers who are presently "housed" in LAUSD offices, their homes, or who have been put on protracted administrative leave with no pay or benefits in a process that normally goes on for years until the teacher is starved into accepting a nominal settlement to resign. What this letter requested was the permission of these targeted teachers to allow LAUSD to give United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) information as to where the teacher was physically and procedurally in terms of their incarceration status leading to inevitable dismissal from LAUSD.

What most impressed me about this letter when I received it was the fact that it seems as if up until April 26th nobody at UTLA was concerned enough about the thousands of teachers who are either in the process of being removed or who have already been removed from their jobs without due process of law. Why didn't UTLA inquire before now?

Since David Holmquist, who is now Chief Legal Counsel for LAUSD, came up with a report in 2006, when he was with the Office of Risk and Management at LAUSD, that LAUSD was going into the red on its budget because of teachers at the top of the salary scale or about to vest in lifetime health benefits under The Rule of 80, LAUSD has been at war against these teachers. In furtherance of this witch hunt it has trumped up charges against thousands of teachers at the top of the salary scale, about to vest in lifetime health benefits, disabled, or who come into conflict with their administrators, because they refuse to go along with business as usual at LAUSD, which continues to condemn students to academic failure, while setting them up for the increased likelihood that they will be sweep up in the school to prison pipeline.

So what took UTLA so long to even getting around to inquiring about these teachers who had every reasonable expectation of thinking that their union- who they pay $57 a month to- would have voiced an objection to their treatment before now? The answer I think has to do with the parallel dysfunctional cultures of LAUSD and its bizarro UTLA mirror image, where the entrenched bureaucracies run these two respective organizations for their own benefit, while marginalizing the leadership, which remains completely dependent on these bureaucracies for all the information they need to make decisions.

At LAUSD, all one need do is look at how the LAUSD Board rubber stamps the "staff recommendation" to dismiss hundreds of teachers over the last 7 years since the report from the Office of Risk and Management put teachers in the cross-hairs of LAUSD's bureaucracy.

And when it comes to UTLA President Warren Fletcher and the other 6 out-of-classroom officers that are in charge of UTLA, they too don't have a clue as to what is going on, because they are also totally dependent on their own self-serving LAUSD-parallel bureaucracy that has more loyalty to the policies of LAUSD and their own benefit and perks than it does to the rank-and-file union members who are totally dependent on their union standing up for them, when they are targeted by LAUSD.  

In the final analysis, those populating both the manipulating bureaucracies of LAUSD and UTLA and their respective leaderships are for the most part refugees from the untenable chaos that LAUSD has now for generations allowed to be the rule in the majority of District schools. Folks like Fletcher or their counterparts in the District seem to feel that they have won the lottery in being able to escape the classroom. Is it their sublimated guilty that makes them so hostile to teachers that remained or who in addition have been targeted by the District?

UTLA has advertised for years that it has an insurance policy to defend its teachers. The problem is that nobody has ever seen it. Standard operating procedure is to refer targeted members to UTLA's own private law firm Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad (T,S & T) - conflict of interest? The first thing they tell the teacher is they have a lousy case and should settle. This inexpensive way of practicing law might be good for T, S & T's bottom line in being able to take 40% of every settlement they negotiate, while rarely engaging in litigation on behalf of the teacher, but it clearly doesn't serve the interests of the ever increasing number of teachers targeted by the District.

If UTLA had in-house counsel under salary and used Article V of the LAUSD-UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement to bring consolidated actions on behalf of its members who have been systematically targeted by LAUSD with no timely response up until now from UTLA, LAUSD might think twice before targeting any more teachers. But given the fact that UTLA doesn't even know how many teachers LAUSD has "housed," one can see why LAUSD leadership must be astonished by how many teachers it has been able to target and get rid of for very little cost and no resistance from UTLA.

If you or someone you know has been targeted and are in the process of being dismissed and need legal defense, get in touch: 


Lenny@perdaily.com

En Español

El 26 de abril de 2013, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles (LAUSD) envió una carta a todos los cientos de maestros que actualmente están "alojados" en las oficinas del LAUSD, sus hogares, o que se han puesto en licencia administrativa prolongada sin remuneración o beneficios en un proceso que normalmente se prolonga durante años hasta que el maestro se moría de hambre a aceptar un acuerdo nominal a renunciar. Lo que esta carta se solicitaba era el permiso de estos maestros específicos para permitir LAUSD para dar Maestros Unidos de Los Angeles (UTLA) información que el profesor estaba físicamente y de procedimiento en cuanto a su estado de encarcelamiento que conducen a una inevitable expulsión del LAUSD.

Lo que más me impresionó de esta carta cuando recibí fue el hecho de que parece que hasta el 26 de abril nadie en UTLA estaba preocupado lo suficiente acerca de los miles de maestros que se encuentren en proceso de ser retirado o que ya han sido retirados de sus puestos de trabajo sin el debido proceso de ley. ¿Por qué no UTLA preguntar antes?

Desde David Holmquist, que ahora es jefe de Asesoría Jurídica de LAUSD, se acercó con un informe publicado en 2006, cuando estaba con la Oficina de Gestión de Riesgos y al LAUSD, que LAUSD iba a entrar en números rojos en su presupuesto debido a los docentes en la parte superior de la escala salarial oa punto de invertir en beneficios para la salud de toda la vida bajo el gobierno de 80 años, el LAUSD ha estado en guerra contra estos profesores. En desarrollo de esta caza de brujas que ha cargos falsos en contra de miles de maestros en la parte superior de la escala salarial, a punto de invertir en beneficios para la salud de toda la vida, los discapacitados, o que entre en conflicto con sus administradores, porque se niegan a ir junto con las empresas como es habitual en el LAUSD, que sigue condenando a los estudiantes a fracaso escolar, mientras que la que fueron creados para el aumento de la probabilidad de que se barren en la escuela a la Cárcel.

Entonces, ¿qué llevó tanto tiempo para UTLA incluso moverse a preguntar por estos maestros que tenían todas las expectativas razonables de pensar que su sindicato-que pagan 57 dólares al mes-que han expresado una objeción a su tratamiento antes de ahora? La respuesta creo que tiene que ver con las culturas paralelas disfuncionales del LAUSD y su imagen bizarro UTLA espejo, donde las burocracias atrincheradas ejecutan estas dos organizaciones respectivas para su propio beneficio, mientras que margina la dirección, que sigue siendo totalmente dependiente de estas burocracias para toda la información que necesitan para tomar decisiones.

En el LAUSD, todo lo que uno necesita hacer es mirar cómo los LAUSD Junta sellos de goma de la "recomendación personal" para despedir a cientos de maestros en los últimos 7 años desde el informe de la Oficina de Gestión de Riesgos y puso maestros en la mira de LAUSD de burocracia.

Y cuando se trata de UTLA Presidente Warren Fletcher y los otros 6 oficiales fuera del salón de clases que se encargan de UTLA, ellos también no tienen la menor idea de lo que está pasando, porque también son totalmente dependientes de su propia egoísta burocracia LAUSD-paralelo que tiene más lealtad a las políticas del LAUSD y su propio beneficio y ventajas que lo hace para los miembros del sindicato rango y archivos que son totalmente dependientes de su sindicato de pie para ellos, cuando se dirigen por el LAUSD.

En el análisis final, las que pueblan tanto las burocracias manipulación de LAUSD y UTLA y sus respectivos liderazgos son en su mayor parte de los refugiados del caos insostenible que el LAUSD tiene ahora para las generaciones permitido ser la norma en la mayoría de las escuelas del Distrito. Gente como Fletcher y sus contrapartes en el Distrito parecen sentir que han ganado la lotería en ser capaz de escapar de la sala de clase. ¿Es su sublimada culpables que los hace tan hostil a los maestros que se quedaron o que además han sido objeto por parte del Distrito?

UTLA ha anunciado para el año que tiene una póliza de seguro en defensa de sus maestros. El problema es que nadie ha visto. Procedimiento operativo estándar es referirse a miembros específicos de UTLA propio bufete de abogados privado Trygstad, Schwab & Trygstad (T, S & T) - conflicto de intereses? Lo primero que le dicen al maestro es que tienen un caso fatal y debe conformarse. Esta forma barata de practicar la ley podría ser bueno para T, balance S & T en ser capaz de tomar el 40% de todos los asentamientos que negocian, mientras que rara vez participar en un litigio en nombre de la maestra, pero está claro que no sirve a los intereses del número cada vez mayor de profesores dirigidos por el Distrito.

Si UTLA tenía su abogado interno bajo salario y utiliza el artículo V de la Convención Colectiva de LAUSD-UTLA iniciar acciones consolidadas en nombre de sus miembros que han sido dirigidos sistemáticamente por LAUSD sin respuesta oportuna hasta el momento de UTLA, el LAUSD podría pensar dos veces antes de cualquier orientación más maestros. Pero dado el hecho de que UTLA ni siquiera sabe cuántos maestros del LAUSD ha "alojado", se puede ver por qué LAUSD liderazgo debe ser sorprendido por la cantidad de maestros que ha sido capaz de atacar y eliminar a muy bajo costo y sin resistencia de UTLA.

Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido dirigida y está en proceso de ser despedido y necesita defensa legal, póngase en contacto:


Lenny@perdaily.com

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05 2013

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UTLA repeatedly violates members' rights according to the contract. Why aren't we filing a class action suit against these bloodsuckers?

The class action is probably not the appropriate mechanism to turn things around at UTLA. However, there are more than adequate state and federal laws that UTLA is blatantly either openly violating or just plain ignoring. A group of teachers who wanted to do something more that just continue to rant about the longstanding malfeasance at UTLA would get my active support, if there was a core group willing to do the work necessary to reconstitute UTLA into an independent and effective union of professional teachers that sits as a matter of right as equals with LAUSD.

Randy, you are right. UTLA collects dues, which they do NOT use to protect teachers or improve the conditions at school sites. I take issue with the word unwittingly because the union is well aware of what it is doing. UTLA is composed of the same self-serving careerists as LAUSD is and we are considered human capital to both. These white chalk criminals refer to students as assets and do jot give a damn about them or us. All they care about is their 6 figure saleries and as Lenny notes, staying out of the classroom where one actually earns his or her paycheck.

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Sadly, for all intents and purposes UTLA is dead. It is not a shadow of its former self. It is not even a shadow of the shadow of its former self. Sadly, teachers are entirely on their own. The only thing left of UTLA is its dues-collecting mechanism.

True Lenny, principals are the lapdogs of the district, implementing these widescale accusations against teachers which are, for the most part,made up. They come into these meetings with this negative framework created from Deasy's violation of the new evaluation agreement. All incidents or observations have negative connotations and from nothing they continue to build more of nothing until nothing becomes something they can use against the teacher. Failure by the union to stop this frameup leads to teacher suspensions, jail and utimately termination. I agree that this has to be stopped at the local level with these lapdog principals.

With student enrollment rates dwindling, along with schools having increasingly more classrooms vacant, more veteran LAUSD teachers are being bullied, getting "written up" by their principals with the cooperation of their school's staffs, and are getting sent to teacher jail. " Due process" for LAUSD and UTLA is going through the motions of "due process." These teachers will eventually be torn away from their professional careers and eventually UTLA will have to downsize as well.

It is in UTLA's interest to protect their six figure incomes by going into the schools and sitting in at these formal conferences. The problem that LAUSD teachers have is that principals inform teachers that they are going to have a formal meeting and many teachers do not know or are too afraid to ask what the meeting is going to be about. If the principal doesn't get his/her way, heads will roll! Teachers fear losing their jobs and participate in these meetings wanting to be compliant, respectful and do not want to get into more trouble then they are already in.

At these formal conferences, principals have ten page write-ups that lists all the alleged acts of misconduct that teaches are "doing" without even having a conversation about it, let alone an impartial investigation. The principals do their own investigations. Tamar Galatzan's proposals to the Board of Education addresses the need for trained, impartial investigators, but these investigators need to be placed at the school site, not sit at meetings when teachers have already been sent to teacher jail. Teachers may not know or understand how serious these meetings really are. The principals make these meetings sound like they're no big deal, but they are a huge deal.

Teachers are taken advantage of because they are misinformed, misled and/or unprepared. Principals do not get into trouble if they take advantage of you. The more teachers allow themselves to be taken advantage of, the higher up these principals go. This is where UTLA has to come in by reversing this process. Teachers should be given their write-ups prior to the meeting so they know exactly what they're getting into. By teachers, not knowing what is going to take place in the meeting, the administrators maintain the upper hand every time. This is when you have to hire a lawyer, not when you are already sitting in the rubber room. All teachers need to demand professional representation and/or effective training in how to deal with these administrators. Some of these principals are white collar criminals and should be arrested for their unprofessional conduct, but that, will never happen.

All UTLA advises teachers is to say nothing and respond to the conference memo later in writing. It is my experience that whatever you put in writing will be used against you. So, if you just deny all these allegations, you may be able to save your job, but the truth is that no professional and/or personal growth is really made. Isn't that what's behind Superintendent Deasy's Teacher Growth and Professional Development Evaluation plan?

California Government Code Section 821.6

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821.6. A public employee is not liable for injury caused by his
instituting or prosecuting any judicial or administrative proceeding
within the scope of his employment, even if he acts maliciously and
without probable cause.

Could this be why principals continue their criminal behavior toward teachers?

This fact is true, if UTLA is not defending its teachers, its main mission, then what is it doing? Yes there is a lot of politics in the district, yes there are outside forces grabbing control of our school board and district but no, forgetting the main mission of the UTLA is not acceptable. Lately these outside forces are operating on a different level than previous actions. Push through rapid, irrational changes like eliminating veteran teachers, instituting breakfast in the classroom, buying tablets for every LAUSD student while classrooms are overcrowded and hundreds of teachers are displaced. This shock doctrine has been very effective in that the union is on its heels and reacting slowly but not to act at all is truly a betrayal of its mission. The truth is, the majority of teachers believe in unions and want a strong, viable one. UTLA has to change its methods and personnel and concentrate on why we gave it the sole task of representing us. An injury to one is an injury to all. Let's start to attack by any means necessary to defend our teachers. Period.

Most of UTLA's so-called leadership is old and near retirement. They care nothing about teachers or even the state of the union, only the fattening up of their own pensions with their six figure salaries, and of course, those lifetime health benefits, courtesy of the district. They are incompetent and immoral. I hope that justice will find them.

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