Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I can not go to work today. I don't have the energy to fight for my life today.Things have gone from bad to badder and enough is enough. I won the second election which was conducted by the UFT. The bitch face principal had her pawns lined up against me. First, they say I cheated because I didn't put the yellow Notice of Elections in every ones mailbox. The form provided by the UFT states something to the effect , "you can use this or any other form". My form was to follow all instructions to the T except to use the yellow form. My form was to announce at least a dozen times I planned to run against PAWN 1. Anyway, I am well aware the UFT is not my friend. They have direct personal ties to Pawn 1, and I am sure they encouraged him to continue his run. I won the first election 20 votes to 50. Pretty big margin. When principal's pawns were able to convince the UFT in letters to the Bronx Borough office that my election was not on the "up and up " things began to turn from ugly to ridiculous to the surreal to the absurd. Crazy DO NADA teacher spent hundreds of dollars on professional huge posters. I mean professional. I only put up four homemade signs with my name. It didn't matter because each time I put one of my humble fliers up it was ripped down. DO NADA has plenty of money, seeing how she "works" per session everyday, but no one knows what she does. As a matter of fact, she must have a very special job that allows her to work from home because she is never in the building. Maybe she did an SBO was BF, who knows? A few weeks before the first election, DO NADA was taken to the hospital. According to her I had "super imposed" my body on hers. She also claimed I went up to her with clinched fists and an angry face and threatened her. She was whisked away in an ambulance because I gave her an anxiety attack. In reality I did pass DO NADA in the hall and said to her " have a good weekend" ( kill them with kindness). Thus the first attempt to get me in the rubber room. I thought this entire thing although disturbing quite amusing and commented to Bitch Face that perhaps DO NADA should spend more time in the class room seeing how she has great creative writing skills. How on earth did I super impose my body on hers? Did I take a photo of her and one of me and impose my body on hers?? But then again,how could I because after all she wrote I had clenched fists? Give me a break. That investigation fell through as DO NADA had no witnesses and I had two teachers who said they saw me say something to do nada and then do nada started screaming. Who is the drama queen?? The UFT did try to intercede at this point. They requested a mediation between NADA and myself. This never came to pass as Bitch Face would not allow NADA to go to the UFT office. The next move was really a hum -dinger. DO NADA's husband was allowed in the building to tail me. Yes, to shadow me around the building. He does not work for the DOE. Why was he allowed to do this?? HARASSMENT! YES, that's right. I asked Bitch Face if it was "bring your husband to work day." I was wondering if I could bring some of my motor cycle dudes from the old days. I would have loved for them to roll up on the school on their Harley's. AAH the good ole days!When I had a life. I lived on tips as a waitress, Had I known that my life would unfold as a daily battle things would have been oh so different. AS Brando says, " I could've been somebody , I could've been a contender,but instead I got a one way ticket to the rubber room!"
Skip to tactic 104, random number for random acts of stupidity. DO NADA's hubby decides to use the the DOE email to send out propaganda against me. Although he put every ones name on a list serve he was stupid enough to have his email address at the top of the campaign flier. I was labeled a buffoon who postures. Maybe this couple from hell took the same creative writing class. Needless to say, my friends in the building gave me the email and several went to the administration to complain. No one wanted that shit in their DOE email accounts. When I approached Bitch Face with the email she said she was unaware of it. Of course she was unaware of it. Only ten people went to her with the email. In one final last ditch attempt to get some help I wrote a letter to Randi.
I explained the entire situation to her. She was quick to write me back and tell me she would come to the school asap. This email was intercepted by the Bronx office and they assured Randi that they were on it. Funny , I didn't feel like they "were on it". I was assigned a lawyer and OSI was called. It is not legal to use the DOE accounts for personal propaganda. This is where things get fuzzy because once again all has come to a complete stand still and DO NADA has a new tactic. OSI did come and did question staff members concerning the email. The staff was eager to speak although I warned them they were allowed to have UFT representation. I could not represent them because that would be a conflict of interest.My step two grievance against Bitch Face for interfering with UFT business was also halted when BF claimed she didn't receive the documentation. I have teacher witness statements from former teachers (at the school) which state she had told them on numerous occasions to stay away from me. Nice concept. Pay union dues, but do not reap the benefits of union assistance. The hearing officer adjourned the grievance until liar liar was able to attain the documents. The documents have thus been faxed to her and yet my grievance is at a stand still. No more OSI . NO more nada.
On Friday, at the SLT meeting, where Do Nada sits as the appointed chair, I was allowed the pleasure to speak to the parents for a few minutes and tell them about budget cuts, ARIS ( I know the principal should have been "on that" too, but, I figure if the doe is going to spend billions on a system someone might try to reap the benefits of the testing mill agenda.) This bought me full circle to the dirty campaign . I held up the racist poster which said ( in spanish), "REMEMBER TO VOTE BILINGUAL". I mentioned that I had won the chapter chair yet again and that this was hitting below the belt. The opponent was not "bilingual" and the last time I checked the contract had not been translated into Spanish. Just another stupid tactic that I must admit did work. I did lose some votes. Did I mention that Bitch Face also had the luxury of not only her pawnswork against me, but she actually called people into her office to tell them how to vote! DO NADA got very ruffled at my exposing the flier, she yelled across the table, " this is not the place for that." I asked , "why not? because you wrote it?" Then she said some lame brain thing about me being a racist and began to rile through her folder as if to pull out some secret document that proved this. I laughed at her lame gesture because one thing I am not, a racist!! There was nothing to
whip out. I politely excused myself , thanked everyone for allowing me to speak and wished everyone a great weekend. I felt really good. I had said what I meant and meant what I said. I went back upstairs to cover a class. When I happened to walk past DO NADA's CTT class. I went in and greeted the students as I often do when I walk into a class room. Force of habit I guess, because I am a teacher after all. I told newbie teacher the SLT meeting was over, and to expect Do Nada back. Normally Do NADA takes the entire day when she has a SLT meeting. After all it takes hours to type up the principals agenda. We call this democracy?? Little did I know the best was yet to come.By the way, newbie is very eager to speak with invisible OSI. Newbie has had to endure an entire year of teaching alone without the help of the other assigned teacher or a mentor. I was not allowed to mentor this year. I might teach the newbies too many dirty tricks, For example, how not to be treated like a door mat and be walked on.
I continued on my merry way to coverage. Newbie runs into the room to report that DO NADA has taken the children to the guidance counselor after she has coached them to say I walked into the class and verbally abused them!! Don't you just love it chicka boom boom boom , Don't you just love it? OH the good ole days. Skip to the chase. I walk to BF's office and who is there? None other than DO NADA. She walks out as I enter. I ask BF is she is aware that Do Nada has taken children to counselor to interrogate them. Of course she responds, " I am unaware of this I will check into it." I ask BF "is it not enough you have divided the staff, now you are allowing the students to be used?" Here is where I am. I called the UFT and told them what is going on. I asked for a follow up on my grievance. Does this BF have that much political power that she can stop the ball of justice from bouncing? Or is she so "in" with the leadership of the Bronx Borough UFT that I am without a doubt fighting a battle on all sides? Time to call in.