A Message From CSA President Mark Cannizzaro On The Bronx Plan
Brothers and Sisters,
Today, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza will announce schools that will participate in the Bronx Plan. As you know, the Bronx Plan was negotiated in the UFT contract, not the CSA contract, and has been characterized by DOE as a school-based collaborative leadership model.
Although the DOE did not collaborate with CSA in the development of the Bronx Plan, it rushed headlong to recruit principals and induce their individual participation while bypassing CSA as your collective bargaining representative.
Your union believes in collaboration. It also believes in fighting for you and protecting your hard-earned rights to be the instructional and operational leaders of your buildings. Most importantly, CSA believes in a collective bargaining process and that DOE needs to value your place and that of your union.
At every step of the way since the announcement of the UFT contract in October, CSA warned DOE from directly dealing with individual principals and advised DOE to negotiate the terms of a Bronx Plan for school leaders. Unfortunately, our consistent calls to honor the place of school leaders and CSA in a genuine and collaborative way in the rollout of the Bronx Plan have fallen on deaf ears. As a result, CSA filed an improper practice charge with the NYS Public Employment Relations Board against the DOE.
The improper practice charge details how the DOE attempted to pressure and coerce targeted principals to participate in the Bronx Plan, at turns misleading and misrepresenting the status of bargaining between DOE and CSA. When DOE should have been negotiating the contours of a Bronx Plan for school leaders with CSA, it evaded that duty and focused on recruiting principals individually. In our view, a wrong approach and certainly not a collaborative one.
Our charge also details how the Bronx Plan changes the essential job functions, duties, and responsibilities of a principal, all things which first must be collectively bargained. DOE’s actions forced principals to decide whether to participate in a plan that would impact them before CSA had an opportunity to negotiate the terms of that participation.
We want to assure Bronx principals and the principals of District 19, 23, and 27, that CSA supports and will continue to support all those who have decided to participate in the Bronx Plan because they feel it is in the best interests of their school. CSA has long advocated that some schools require additional support and resources, particularly those that have been historically underserved, and school leaders understand that working with teachers, families, and local communities is a necessary leadership skill.
Please reach out to your field representative with any questions and concerns. As always, we are here to protect and support you in any way we can as we enforce our contract and advocate on your behalf.