This is a bit old, but I just re-read the Washington Post’s story about the tentative contract agreement Michelle Rhee and Randi Weingarten are considering in D.C. This passage struck me:

Under a proposed “mutual consent” provision, principals would have more power to pick and choose teachers. Teachers who failed to find new assignments would have three options. They could remain on the payroll for a year, accepting at least two spot assignments as substitutes or tutors or in some other support role. If they can’t find a permanent job after a year, they would be fired. Teachers could also choose to take a $25,000 buyout or, if they have at least 20 years’ service to the city school system, retire with full benefits.

If Weingarten’s willing to make these job security concessions for excessed teachers in D.C., maybe she’d also nudge the UFT to give ground on ATR’s in New York.