UFT wins faculty conference arbitration

Jul 27, 2006 10:46 AM

The UFT on July 25 won the arbitration on the timing of faculty conferences.

In its November 2005 “Guide to Contract Changes,” the Department of Education instructed principals that faculty conferences could run past 3:45 p.m. The union accused the DOE of violating the new contract and asked for arbitration to resolve the dispute.

The arbitrator agreed with the UFT’s position that faculty conferences in single-session schools must be held between 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., the span of the work day according to our contract.

The arbitrator also ruled the faculty conferences can be held before or after the student day.

Here is the actual award:

1. The Department violated the parties’ October 3, 2005 Memorandum of Agreement, Section 7, in the way in which it scheduled Faculty Conferences for the period February – May 2006 in single session schools.

2. The Department is directed to cease and desist violating the Agreement.

3. The Department shall conduct Faculty Conferences in single session schools during the months of October through May between 8:00 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

4. The Department is not restricted by prior holdings in the Libbian Trynz case or American Arbitration Case No. 13 39 0269 78 (Arbitrator James V. Altieri) from scheduling Faculty Conferences before the student day.

5. I shall determine whether any other remedy beyond No. 2, above, is appropriate for the Department’s violation of the October 3, 2005, Memorandum in my full Opinion to follow.

6. My full Opinion shall be issued in September 2006.

July 25, 2006                         Martin F. Scheinman, Esq.

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