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MORE believes that all city workers deserve fully paid parental leave.  Recently, a MORE member began a petition demanding that these benefits be negotiated immediately, gathering 2500 signatures in 2 weeks.

Please sign and share the petition here, and join us at the organizing meeting on Monday, February 8th at 3:00 pm (CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. @ 34th – St. 6 to 33 or any train to Herald Sq., Room 5414 – BRING ID). 

Recently Mayor De Blasio granted 6 weeks paid maternity leave to 20,000 city employees.  We ask that paid parental leave be extended to all UFT members with no concessions or give backs. Paid parental leave for the people that help raise NYC’s children is long overdue! Continue Reading…

MORE-UFT’s 2016 Platform

February 6, 2016 — 3 Comments



“Our Working Conditions are Our Students’ Learning Conditions”

With A Membership-Driven Union We Can:

  • Enforce Our Contract and Organize for a Just Contract in 2018
  • Defend Public Education
  • Combat Systemic School Segregation and Racism 
  • Support Opt Out and Oppose Common Core, Danielson Evaluations and High Stakes  Testing
  • Make the UFT a Democratic,Transparent and Accountable Union

Downloadable flier here

Issues on Each Platform Point Raised by UFT Members:

  1. Enforce Our Contract & Organize for a Just Contract in 2018
  • Mobilize members for a stronger contract with higher salaries and immediate payment of retro.
  • Fight for CFE (Campaign for Fiscal Equity Funding) funding to lower class size, provide more books, art materials, and after school programs, and also to improve teachers’ capacities by increasing per session funding and the number of prep periods
  • End the per session pay formula and restore real time and a half for work beyond the school day based on salary.
  • Establish paid maternity and paternity leave on par with international standards.
  • Win due process rights for untenured educators and launch a campaign for due process for all New York City workers. Strengthen whistleblower protections for all educators and make the tenure process shorter, clearer, and fair.
  • Revise the ‘Fair Student Funding’ Formula. The DOE must return to the system in which each school’s budget was charged the same fixed amount per teacher. The current system incentivizes principals to hire inexperienced teachers. We must restore the right of an educator to transfer on the basis of seniority or to further integration.
  • More teacher voice in shaping professional development and equal access to PD opportunities.
  • Take on abusive administrators and allow teacher evaluation of administrators.
  • Expand contract Article 8E so that not only the format of a lesson plan, but the teaching of the lesson is up to the professional discretion of each teacher.
  • Strengthen the grievance procedure by removing the cap that has been placed on the number of arbitration cases permitted annually;  providing a UFT investigative team for each case; and restoring rights that have been bargained away such as the right to grieve any material in our file.
  • Eliminate the designation “ATR” and assign teachers to a school of their choice in their District. Until the ATR designation is abolished, the UFT shall have an ATR chapter with elected representatives.



  1. Defend Public Education


  • Organize with parents to ensure New York City enforces the Contracts for Excellence (C4E) law, passed in 2007, which required NYC’s Department of Education (DOE) to achieve the following numbers: no more than 20 students in K-3 classes, 23 in grades 4-8, 25 in HS.
  • Oppose co-locations, convert charter schools into public schools covered by the contract and end involvement in UFT Charter Schools except as a representative of union members.
  • Fight to end closures and receivership.
  • Hold principals accountable to parents, teachers and students with regular audits and contractually-empowered SLTs.
  • Fully staff schools and provide wrap around services, including more teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors, social workers, psychologists, and school counselors with reduced caseloads.



  1. Combat Systemic School Segregation and Racism.


  • Work with the DOE to recruit and retain a teacher workforce that matches the diversity of New York City.
  • Initiate and promote programs to integrate schools and provide equitable allocation of resources such as arts, music, after-school programs, sports, food programs, etc.
  • Win funding for restorative justice coordinators and racial equity teams in every school. These coordinators and teams should work with  safety committees and school leadership teams to come up with school-based safety programs that fit each school.
  • Work for an overhaul of the state standards based on a democratic, grassroots process involving teachers, students, and parents to determine what our communities want students to learn.



  1. Support Opt Out and Oppose Common Core, Danielson Evaluations and High Stakes Testing


  • Support the opt-out movement and oppose high stakes testing which disproportionately harms special ed and ESL students.
  • Initiate a shift to alternative and teacher-generated portfolio/project-based assessments.
  • Educate parents about their rights to oppose testing.
  • End test-based, snapshot evaluations, and outside evaluators.
  • End mayoral (and gubernatorial) control of the schools.



  1. Make the UFT a Democratic,Transparent and Accountable Member Driven Union.


  • Subject all UFT positions to election and recall, including DRs, and put union officers and staff on the member’s pay scale.
  • Build school-level and boro-wide alliances between UFT members, parents, and communities
  • Create a fully staffed internal organizing department to rebuild chapters that are not functioning and improve support of Chapter Leaders
  • Open negotiations. Let the members know what is on the table.
  • Create a sliding scale for union dues based on salary and require dues increases to be voted on at the Delegate’s Assembly.




Please help MORE get the word out about our 2016 election campaign!

Download our flier here

or email so we can arrange to drop a bundle off at your school

As you place our election leaflets in the mailboxes within schools there are a few things you should know:


  1. You have the right to place union literature in the mailboxes within your school or within any other school, as long as you don’t do it while you are on duty. You can do it before or after school, or during your lunch period.


  1. When going to other schools make sure to sign in with security (bring photo ID), go to the office where the mailboxes are, and introduce yourself to the secretary. Show the secretary, or any administrator who asks, the Department of Education memorandum which allows you to place election literature in the mailboxes. Attached Here


  1. Do not agree to leave the stack with the secretary, the UFT chapter leader, or anyone else. You have a right to put them directly in the mailboxes.


  1. Do not get into fights or arguments! Speak confidently but not aggressively. Getting into a battle will do you no good. If after you have shown everyone the Department of Education memorandum they still won’t let you leaflet, contact Kit Wainer (,). Kit will contact the UFT and the UFT will get the Department of Education to tell the principal to let you in. You will then be allowed to return on another day

    5. The right to distribute is based on the Baizerman decision, which is still in effect, formally established the right of UFT members to distribute union   material, including caucus election materials, in mailboxes of NYC public schools on their own time. If you are distributing MORE material in school mailboxes, consider printing out this decision and having it ready in case your right to place MORE materials in mailboxes is challenged.



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MORE/New Action will bring your voice to the UFT Executive Board

A ballot will be mailed to your home on May 5th from the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

With your support, MORE/New Action can win the High School seats on the UFT Executive Board. Your vote will elect working teachers who have not taken a loyalty oath to blindly follow Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus.

A MORE/New Action Leadership Will:


  • Support You As A Professional Educator. We will combat micromanagement, expose abusive administrators, and fight for all the resources you need to do your job.
  • Negotiate and Enforce a Fair, Transparent Contract. You deserve to understand exactly what you are voting on. We will not take less than other NYC unions. It costs a lot to live where we teach and our salary has to reflect that. A contract is meaningless if it is not enforced.
  • Build Power by Engaging ALL Members. We will organize local UFT meetings in all districts to hear your needs and make sure the union is working with you and for you.
  • Fight for You on All Fronts. We will build our chapters so all members are ready to join the fight and expand alliances with parents, community groups, students and other unions
  • Represent Working Teachers. Unlike our current leaders, we teach full schedules every day so we face the same problems you do; class-size, discipline, Danielson rubrics, standards and curriculum that we had no input in.

Please contact set up a meeting in or near your school, distribute our election fliers, or donate to our campaign.

Vice-President Academic High Schools Candidate

James Eterno: UFT Delegate and Social Studies Teacher at Middle College High School, Queens. 18 year Chapter Leader Jamaica High School, 1997-2007 UFT Executive Board.

Together, we can restore dignity to teaching. Every UFT member should join the fight to repeal horrific state laws that include rating teachers on cookie cutter 1-4 Danielson rubrics and student test scores, presuming teachers are guilty until proven innocent in termination hearings and replacing teachers without any due process in receiver schools.  Mulgrew thinks everything is just fine.

High School Executive Board Candidates

Kuljit Ahluwalia: Science Teacher at Queens Academy H. S. in Flushing Queens. Former UFT Delegate 1997-2003 and Chapter Leader 2003-2009 at Canarsie High School, Brooklyn:

As a high school teacher for the last 28 years I have seen the slow erosion of teachers’ rights and a sense of frustration.  As a former teacher at a phase out school I have witnessed how unfairly ATR have been treated.  We need to have a union that will provide equal representation and voice the concerns of all its members.

Jonathan Halabi: UFT Chapter Leader and Math Teacher at HS of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx. UFT Executive Board, HS Division, 2009– present:

Teaching is an honorable career. We help kids learn and grow. Their success is our reward. But not if we are mistreated. Not if our voices are ignored. Not if decisions that affect our schools are made out of incompetence and malice. I am running to ensure our voices are heard in our union.

David Garcia-Rosen: Restorative Dean and Athletic Director Bronx Academy of Letters. Lead Organizer NYCLetEmPlay

Our students and UFT members deserve a union that fights for every school to have equitable access to resources regardless of zip code. For five years the  NYCLetEmPlay students and teachers stood up to fight for civil rights. MORE stood by their side while UNITY refused to offer any support. On the executive board I will fight for better learning conditions for our students, which  are the working conditions for our members.

Arthur Goldstein: UFT Chapter Leader and ESL teacher at Francis Lewis High School, Queens:

It’s time for high school teachers to have a voice and I want to give you that voice. Let’s initiate things that work for us and our students rather than counter-productive reformy nonsense.

Ashraya Gupta: UFT Delegate and Chemistry Teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School, Manhattan:

School, Manhattan. We deserve a democratic union, representative of our members. For too long, teacher interests have been cast as oppositional to student interests. But our union should make it clear that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Let’s be the union we wish to see.

Wilson Montero: UFT Chapter Leader at William Cullen Bryant High School, Queens


Mike Schirtzer: UFT Delegate and Social Studies teacher at Leon M. Goldstein High School, Brooklyn:

We Need New Leadership! Classroom teachers need a voice in our union and we will be that voice on the UFT Executive Board. Our leadership negotiated a poor contract, worse than other city unions. Micromanagement, Danielson, and 1% raises with delayed retro is not what teachers want or need.  


The Baizerman Decision

January 31, 2016 — Leave a comment

The Baizerman decision, which is still in effect, formally established the right of UFT members to distribute union material, including caucus election materials, in mailboxes of NYC public schools on their own time. If you are distributing MORE material in school mailboxes, consider printing out this decision and having it ready in case your right to place MORE materials in mailboxes is challenged.


UFT members have a right to place material in their colleagues’ mailboxes


UFT members have a right to place material in their colleagues’ mailboxes


UFT members have a right to place material in their colleagues’ mailboxes


UFT members have a right to place material in their colleagues’ mailboxes




In order for MORE/New Action UFT members to appear on the officer’s ballots, we will need signatures from you and members of your chapter. We will have several events through-out NYC for you to pick up these petitions, or we can drop off at your school along with our election fliers to hand-out
email: to set up a drop-off

On May 3rd ballots will be sent to your house from American Arbitration Association. Voting for the leadership of your union is an important responsibility that directly influences our working conditions.

It is very important that you vote! Without an engaged membership the union will not be able to defend our rights. Politicians around the country have been limiting the rights of public sector employees for the past five years and the U.S. Supreme Court may be about to deal us an even bigger blow. If you care about your future, get involved! Vote!


Wednesday 2/3

UFT Delegate Assembly 4-6pm
52 Broadway NYC
During the union meeting we will have members in the lobby distributing fliers and petitions
Post DA Happy Hour 6-7:30pm (1 block west of UFT)
Blarney Stone
11 Trinity place NYC
We will sign petitions at the happy hour and have petitions/election fliers for you to bring back to your chapter
Facebook Event Here

Friday 2/5 4:00-6:00pm
Happy Hour
Fontanas Bar
105 Eldridge St NYC
We will sign petitions at the happy hour and have petitions/election fliers for you to bring back to your chapter

Saturday 2/6 12:00-3:00pm: UFT After Friedrichs
Join us for a lively discussion on the future of our union after the Supreme Court’s decision. What can UFT leadership do to better engage our members? How will the decision impact rank and file members?
Pizza, soft drinks, and snacks will be served
Free Childcare is available: reserve at
CUNY Graduate Center
34th st and 5th ave Midtown NYC
room 5414
Facebook Event Here

Tuesday February 9th 5:00pm-7:00pm 
Dr. Lois Weiner Presents Urban Education and Teacher Unionism Policy
CUNY Graduate Center
34th st and 5th ave Midtown NYC
Room 6304.01
Facebook Event Here
MORE-UFT is a co-sponsor and will have petitions and fliers available to pick-up at this event

"expect MORE from your union"

We are a coalition of educators motivated by a desire to provide our students with an authentic, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and child-centered public education. As we near the 2016 testing season, hundreds of thousands of young learners will be asked to submit to 9 hours of flawed and harmful state assessments that, reduce teaching and learning to a test score, narrow the curriculum, label the majority of children failures, squander resources, and provide no educational benefit.


While the opt out movement has captured the attention of policymakers, there has been no substantive change. In fact, nothing has changed in our public schools.  The only thing that has changed is that school districts must now use limited time and resources to negotiate another APPR plan that requires more testing for NYS children and a continued focus on evaluating teachers on test scores.


Despite this glaring lack of relief for students, the state teachers union, NYSUT, has failed to sound the alarm and instead, has launched a million dollar member-funded “multi-media campaign to highlight progress.” While a campaign video vaguely states that “there is still a lot of work to do”, the campaign is absent of any call to action. A similar campaign by the UFT, the state’s largest local union based in NYC, goes so far as to spread misinformation, making the false claim that teachers will not be evaluated by test scores for the next 4 years. Nothing could be further from the truth.


As educators, we are committed to sharing factual information so that those impacted by these policies can make informed decisions. Here are the facts:


  • The Education Transformation Act of 2015 requires that 50% of  a teacher’s evaluation be based on a student performance measure. This will not change unless the law is amended.  Teachers, under the moratorium will be rated on a  locally determined assessment per the law.


  • During the 4 year moratorium, state provided growth scores for the state ELA and Math tests in grades 3-8 may not be used in teacher evaluations.


  • However, teachers who receive a growth score based on the state ELA and math tests will still be subject to a 50% test based evaluation as per the law. Schools must administer an additional, locally determined assessment  (approved by the state department of education) and scores from that test will supplant the state test derived growth score in a teacher’s evaluation. Same evaluation, different test.


  • Teachers will receive a “transitional score” during the moratorium. 50% of this score will be based on observation, and 50% will be based on a test. This transitional score will be used for making tenure decisions and as per the law and can be used to fire a teacher.


  • While growth scores derived from the state tests may not be used for purposes of evaluation during the moratorium, they will still be recorded and upon request, be made available to parents.


  • Once the moratorium is over, NYS will move to a three year average growth score. In other words, teachers will receive a growth score based on student performance from the previous 3 years. It is unclear whether or not state test growth scores captured during the moratorium will be used in the average growth score in 2019.


  • Schools, based on flawed growth scores, will continue to be placed into receivership and subject to autocratic control. This will happen disproportionately in schools located in economically disadvantaged Black and Brown communities, as laid out in the Economic Policy Institute’s report, “The Racial Achievement Gap, Segregated Schools, and Segregated Neighborhoods – A Constitutional Insult”.


NYSUT officials responded to educators on social media calling for NYSUT to pursue an amendment to the law, by stating that they believe the Regents will enact the 21 recommendations of the Common Core Task Force. It should be noted that the Task Force has not recommended ANY changes to the focus on test scores in teacher evaluations making this response irrelevant. While the task force pays lip service to the need for shorter tests, it fails to recommend any substantial change. For example, the Task Force report calls upon New York to follow the examples set by North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico. The testing practices in these States are hardly positive role models for a reduction in testing. In North Carolina, testing has been reduced to a one day, four hour exam. In Texas, testing has been capped forcing the average student to sit for 120 minutes with no administration lasting more than eight hours. And in New Mexico, testing has been reduced by a paltry 15%. In New York, that would reduce 9 hours of testing for 10 year olds to 7.5 hours and some students with disabilities would still be forced to endure 15 hours of testing. This is cold comfort.


We call on the leaders of NYSUT and the UFT to suspend their misleading media campaigns and call for NYSUT to work for an immediate amendment to the education law 3012d that requires teacher evaluations be based on high stakes tests that will continue to count for 50% of their evaluation.  Additionally, we call upon NYSUT leaders to launch a new, fact-based media campaign informing their members and the public that very little has changed for the children we serve. The continued requirement of students to participate in flawed and inappropriate testing this spring, as well additional, local assessments solely for the purposes of teacher evaluations must stop. Furthermore, we demand that NYSUT urge all teachers to join the effort to save our profession and protect our students by refusing NYS tests in grades 3-8 for their own children.


Parents across New York State have labored for the past three years to protect their children and support educators. It is time that NYSUT and UFT leaders do the same. Now is not the time to lose the support of the public and our allies.


Rothstein, Richard. “The Racial Achievement Gap, Segregated Schools and Segregated Neighborhoods- A Constitutional Insult.” The Economic Policy Institute.  November 12, 2014. Web. January 23, 2016.