UTLA- NOT REALLY A UNION

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(Mensaje se repite en Español)

In the attempt to unionize the charter school teachers of Alliance College Ready Public School by the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), it is hard- if not impossible- to know which side represents the lesser of two evils for teachers caught between them, since it is clear to me that with or without a union public school teachers have become employees at will whether or not they have tenure or union representation.

While I have always been a supporter of unions, because I know from history just how bad any worker- white collar or blue collar- is treated when they do not have the power that collective bargaining and the ultimate threat of a strike gives them, the present reality for teachers and others represented by unions like UTLA is that once targeted by their employer- be it LAUSD or Alliance College Ready Public School, if UTLA succeeds in getting their teachers to join UTLA- UTLA has and will do nothing to stop any teacher's removal, even if it is clear that there is absolutely no legal or reasonable justification for such action.

Simply stated, Alliance College Ready teachers without a union are presently employees at will, subject to being legally fired without cause. What these teachers don't understand is that even if they vote to join UTLA, they will remain de facto employees at will subject to firing at will, since UTLA has stood by for the last 6 years while its own dues paying members- 87% of whom are over 40 and at the top of the salary scale- have been removed by LAUSD from their careers as teachers without UTLA lifting a finger to stop this.

No, that really doesn't go far enough in laying out UTLA's complicity in allowing its own members to be fired without cause, because it is clear that LAUSD could not have and would not have even tried to remove the thousands of senior teachers it has removed without the active complicity of UTLA's entrenched and self-dealing bureaucracy and officers.

There is clear language in the LAUSD-UTLA Collective Bargaining Agreement that would have allowed UTLA to come to the defense of its targeted senior rank and file teachers in one unified action for wrongful termination, which is clearly authorized by this agreement- and yet UTLA has done nothing. Such action would have been far more effective and less expensive than dividing every targeted teachers' case in a costly process left to the isolated teacher, who received no help from UTLA, even though they had paid dues to for years to supposedly cover such an eventuality.

When push came to shove, they were completely jettisoned by UTLA. And now, to add insult to injury, UTLA has the chutzpah to seek a raise in union dues to cover the costs of having squandered union dues on who knows what- they refuse to show their books- while steadfastly continuing to refuse to defend their rank and file.

On December 3, 2015, UTLA was able to get an injunction against Alliance College Ready Charters to stop Alliance's alleged interference in UTLA's attempt to organize Alliance's teachers. A bit of advice to the Alliance's leadership, if they still want to stop UTLA. Just have them have their teachers contact me or any one of the hundreds of ex-LAUSD teachers I can put them in touch with, who will give them hard evidence as to how worthless UTLA was to them. And then there are the 2000 plaintiffs in attorney Mark Geragos' class action against LAUSD, none of whom got any help from UTLA.

UTLA is worse than no union at all, since it gives the illusion to teachers that they are represented and protected. Nothing could be further from the truth. The sooner teachers realize this, the sooner a real union can be organized to give professional teachers the representation and protection they need in the fight to reestablish a public education system that once again educates the public.

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

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En Español

En el intento de sindicalizar a los maestros de escuelas charter de Alliance College Ready Public School por el de Maestros de Los Ángeles (UTLA), es hardware, si no imposible, saber de qué lado representa el menor de dos males para los profesores atrapados entre ellos, ya que está claro para mí que con o sin un sindicato de maestros de escuelas públicas se han convertido en empleados de la voluntad o no tienen la tenencia o la representación sindical.

Aunque siempre he sido partidario de los sindicatos, porque sé de la historia lo mal que se trató ningún cuello blanco obrero-o azul collar- cuando no tienen el poder que la negociación colectiva y la última amenaza de una huelga les da, la realidad presente para los profesores y otros representados por sindicatos como UTLA es que una vez que el blanco de su empleador sea LAUSD o Alliance College Ready Public School, si UTLA éxito en conseguir sus maestros a unirse UTLA- UTLA tiene y no hará nada para detener cualquier maestro de eliminación, aunque está claro que no hay absolutamente ninguna justificación legal o razonable para tal acción.

En pocas palabras, los maestros Alliance College Ready sin un sindicato son actualmente empleados a voluntad, sin perjuicio de ser despedidos legalmente sin causa. Lo que estos maestros no entienden es que incluso si votan para unirse UTLA, permanecerán empleados de facto a voluntad sujeta a disparar a voluntad, ya que UTLA se ha destacado por los últimos 6 años, mientras que sus propias cuotas pagando miembros- 87% de los cuales son más de 40 y en la parte superior del salario escala- se han eliminado por el LAUSD por sus carreras como maestros sin UTLA mover un dedo para detener esto.

No, realmente no va lo suficientemente lejos en la disposición de la complicidad de UTLA en permitir que sus propios miembros a ser despedidos sin causa, porque está claro que el LAUSD no podía tener y no tener siquiera trató de eliminar los miles de profesores de alto nivel que tiene eliminado sin la complicidad activa de la burocracia y los oficiales arraigada y auto-negociación de UTLA.

Hay un lenguaje claro en el Convenio Colectivo de LAUSD-UTLA que habría permitido UTLA para venir a la defensa de sus rasos altos específicas maestros en una acción unificada por despido injustificado, que está claramente autorizado por este acuerdo-y sin embargo tiene UTLA nada hecho. Tal acción habría sido mucho más eficaz y menos costoso que dividir caso cada docentes dirigidas 'en un proceso costoso izquierda a la maestra aislado, que no recibieron ayuda de UTLA, a pesar de que habían pagado las cuotas a los años por supuestamente cubrir tal eventualidad .

Cuando llegó a empujar, que estaban completamente deshicieron por UTLA. Y ahora, para colmo de males, UTLA tiene el descaro de buscar un aumento de las cuotas sindicales para cubrir los costos de haber dilapidado las cuotas sindicales de quién sabe qué- se niegan a mostrar sus libros-, mientras firmemente continuar negándose a defender su rango y archivar.

El 3 de diciembre de 2015, UTLA fue capaz de obtener una orden judicial contra la Alianza preparados para la universidad Charters para detener la supuesta interferencia de la Alianza en el intento de UTLA para organizar los maestros de la Alianza. Un pequeño consejo para los líderes de la Alianza, si todavía quieren dejar de UTLA. Sólo que ellos tienen sus maestros en contacto conmigo o con cualquiera de los cientos de profesores ex LAUSD puedo ponerlos en contacto con, que les dará pruebas contundentes de cómo inútil UTLA era para ellos. Y luego están los demandantes 2000 en la acción de clase abogado Mark Geragos 'contra el LAUSD, ninguno de los cuales tiene ninguna ayuda de UTLA.

UTLA es peor que ninguna unión en absoluto, ya que da la ilusión a los maestros que están representados y protegidos. Nada podría estar más lejos de la verdad. Los maestros más pronto se dan cuenta de esto, cuanto antes una unión real puede ser organizada para dar a los maestros profesionales de la representación y la protección que necesitan en la lucha para restablecer un sistema de educación pública que una vez más educa al público.

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I gather this is reaction or response to the article which appeared in last week's edition of the LA Weekly. It was an awful piece so full slanted bullshit for sure. The entire premise of it was nothing more than subterfuge of the lowest caliber. One of the higher performing charter schools was portrayed as trying to protect the level of instruction with no mention of the fact that most of the charters under perform their public school counterparts. That pretty much invalidates the premise of that argument. But the real story here is the money because the union, just like the charters, is really about the money. The whole unionization of charters is nothing more than a tactic to keep the dues rolling in and especially since the charter school union contracts will certainly be far weaker than the already weak contract which exists between UTLA and LAUSD. What makes this even worse yet is that the union knows that the charters are about to explode in number and, as they take over, the union will certainly throw the departing public school teachers out like spent tissue. But these dumb ass teachers are still behaving like their recent much flawed, jerry rigged raise is their only concern. They'll soon come to know how wrong that is when they find themselves being pushed out of the district for cheaper labor with nothing left alternatively than the charters with their lower salaries, short changed benefits and few protections. But these things are what it's really all about.

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