Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 2

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein High School In part 1 we explored the ways in which UFT contracts have riveted the attention of union members toward their union and toward their contract. In 1995, for the first time in the union’s history, the membership voted down a contract package that UFT leaders […]

Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 1

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein H.S. In the 25 years I’ve been a UFT activist I’ve lived through many. I’ve learned some lessons from these struggles that I thought might be useful to share as we head into another contract period. From 1993-2012 I was a member of Teachers for a Just […]

MORE on SchoolBook: Cut Waste at NYC DOE Before Negotiating Teachers Contract

MORE Member Harry Lirtzman, former high school special education math teacher and former deputy state comptroller, speaks out about the bloated and wasteful DOE budget on Schoolbook.org, in a followup to his piece for MORE on the UFT contract negotiations. Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/opinion-cut-waste-coming-table-over-teachers-contract/

Solidarity with the UFT nurses of VNS-NY.

Members of MORE stand in solidarity with the UFT nurses of Visiting Nurse Service of NY. The VNSNY nurses’ contract expires on January 31st, and they are amidst negotiations.  Visiting Nurse Service of NY is a private, non-profit organization that provides home healthcare to New Yorkers.  The organization is demanding that their nurses begin to pay […]

For Our Children’s Sake: Treat OTs and PTs Fairly

Sign the Petition! Occupational and physical therapists are an unseen part of New York City’s education community. But without OTs and PTs, thousands of the city’s promising – yet disabled – students would fall through the cracks. That’s why we’re alarmed that these therapists continue to be valued less than their equally critical peers: the […]

Stop and Reverse the Disappearing of Black and Latino Educators in NYC

Please come to this important event and distribute the flyer below:  Testimonials from those pushed out and shut out An update on Gulino vs BOE (lawsuit against the NYS LAST exam) What we can do now Saturday, January 25, 2014 3-5 PM The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew’s Parish Hall 520 Clinton Ave, […]

January DA Report- Cuomo Endorsement Not Ruled Out

By James Eterno Chapter Leader Jamaica High School Our monthly UFT Delegate Assembly Report   DA REPORT: UNITY DECLINES TO RULE OUT A CUOMO ENDORSEMENT Michael Bloomberg, the anti-public education mayor, has left office after twelve years where he almost destroyed our public schools.  An anti-public education, anti-worker governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, is up for reelection later […]

AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart

by Jia Lee for MORE UFT Chapter Leader of The Earth school Recently, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, surprised many a disillusioned public school teacher with her new mantra: “Vam is a Sham”. This is a major shift from her previous agreement and collaboration with Race to the Top policy enforcers. […]