Until recently, Jim Callaghan was a writer for the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the union that represents New York City teachers and that has made its name by actively opposing city officials’ power to fire teachers without due process.
Now Callaghan is claiming UFT employees have no such protection themselves. He says he was fired after he began looking into unionizing UFT editorial employees following the dismissal of a colleague.
In June, he told UFT President Michael Mulgrew about his organizing efforts. On Aug. 13, Callaghan was called into a meeting of union officials and told he had a half-hour to clear out his desk. Callaghan’s 13-year career as a newsletter and speech writer for the UFT ended with him being escorted out of the building by police officers.
Callaghan told the New York Daily News he planned to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and an age discrimination lawsuit with the EEOC.
Many UFT employees are represented by labor unions, but editorial workers are not.
Note: The National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ rights to unionize and discuss workplace conditions.