This is yet another story from the files of "You Can't Make This Sh** Up!" A continuing series of the most boneheaded moves from NYCDOE upper echelon.
Today's story is another in the long line of ATR abuse. The ATR (Absent Teacher Reserve) in question is of course a veteran teacher, The Crack Team believes she is over 40, and just wants to do her job. The story is in her words and comments are added by The Crack Team.
The story revolves around how this ATR was late twice by late than 30 minutes and the principal at the school had decided not to just deduct the time from her CAR but rather give her two unexcused absences with the subsequent 2 says of docked pay.
Principal says she has to call legal about my being late 2x payroll Secy
put it in as unauthorized absence 29 minutes and says I'm being docked I
called the school each time said I was stuck in a construction area on
union tpke she not only didn't give me any transportation delay form to
fill out she didn't even put it in my car as late instead put it in
unauthorized because if you're under 30 minutes total lateness you're
okay so I explained this to the principal who said she's calling legal
for two lastenesses under 30 minutes and I called she said she wants
phone records from me to prove it.......prove this.
Hasn't there been quite a bit of construction on Union Tpke in Kew Gardens near the Van Wyck of late?
Why not give the transportation delay form? What's the big deal? But phone records? Why not get the phone records of the school. Surely their bill has numbers of who is calling in.
told the principal I would look up my cell phone record..I asked them
for the dates..I have one date and the call..the other one I"m not so
sure..and I also never knew about a 'transportation delay form'..but if
they want to go 'legal' go right ahead. Both latenesses were under 30
These people don't want anyone to know of the OP201 form.
secretary lambasted me in front of the staff in the office
again..screaming..Everyday it's something else with you..I'm like..you
really need to chill out..I"m asking you about my timekeeping..you put
in 29 minutes as 'unauthorized' absence on my CAR..I showed her the
print out..and it blew her feeble mind apart.
Yeah chill out! Here's the thing. The secretaries take on the personality of the principals. Of course if you come to a school for 5 days you are not into the flow of things there and need to go to the one other person besides the custodian who knows what is happening in the school.
But how is 29 minutes get you docked for the day??
But why not got to the CL of the building? Some comments of the CL from time spent in the building.
union rep who I reported to the UFT office for telling me that I'm a 'guest' at his school and he 'doesn't have to represent me'
I had already been ranked out by the UFT chapter chair in the school earlier.
No wonder ATR's need their own chapter. ATR's, reach out to James Eterno for advice and assistance. He is an ATR, ran for delegate at the school he was assigned to and won! He is fighting for the ATR's to have their own functional chapter. He's a real mensch and it'll be good to talk to someone.
This stuff has got to stop. The union and it's leadership is enabling this crap.