Tenured employees were, up until 2010, placed into warehouses called Temporary Reassignment Rooms (also called TRCs or "rubber rooms"). Everyone was paid while sitting there and told to be happy by the UFT, because they were getting paid to sit there... thus supposedly no harm was done. Employees displaced into these locations were also told by the UFT reps (not me) that they should not discuss any part of their case with anyone. Many were afraid to talk with me when I was hired in 2007 by Randi Weingarten to visit the rubber rooms and find out what each person's case was all about. Some reps tried to convince rubber roomers I was in on this by telling the employee "Betsy works for us, be careful, she isnt who she says she is", etc, and I found this out afterwards even up to today, with the names of the people from the UFT and NYSUT who are saying this. It doesn't matter. What matters is that people were threatened with harm by UFT Reps NYSUT and DOE for trying to assert their rights to due process and find out why they were charged, and how they could address the charges or allegations if known.
In order for anyone charged to be punished (Mayor Bloomberg hates to be proven wrong at any time), the Department of Education and the UFT/NYSUT created a fake "opportunity" by which charged people could get back to their careers or at least their lives: settlement, retirement, resignation, or pay money to go back to work, guilty or not. This was a lie, created to get someone permanently removed from the teaching profession. A person who signs a settlement agrees that he/she is guilty of the charge and waives his/her right to file any legal action against the DOE in the future.After signing the agreement, as soon as the person is placed back into a school setting, he or she is open for allegations to be filed against him/her once again, for any or no reason. The second time around the person always gets terminated.
My answer to the scam going on to get rid of good and bad teachers (but no one knows who is "good" and who is "bad"): expose everything anyone says to you, have an open and public hearing, and keep posting, emailing and talking about everyone in your case who has said or done anything improper. Cockroaches hate light.
Sgt Borelli, in the article below, evidently has been rubberized.
|Sgt. Robert Borelli|