Only delegates elected in local union elections may vote in the NYSUT elections, not rank and file members. In the UFT’s case, all 800 NYSUT delegates are from the Unity caucus, even though MORE represents over 15% of working educators and over 40% of high school teachers based on the 2013 UFT elections results. The Unity caucus votes as a block, because each delegate must sign an oath to vote in UFT, NYSUT, and AFT assemblies as the caucus tells them to. We are running for “at-large” positions which means although we represent the UFT members of NYC, any NYSUT delegate from around the state may vote for these positions. The election is held at the April 5th NYSUT convention. Please join us on March 8th at our general meeting to discuss and April 5th at the Midtown NY Hilton to distribute fliers for our campaign- more information will follow.
I am with the Movement of Rank and File Educators. We’re running to uncage the sleeping tiger—the 600,000 strong NYSUT membership—to save our union and public education, a daunting task.
One side, backed by the UFT leadership’s Unity Caucus, pledges to “engage the Governor to address your concerns . . . hopefully to win him over.” They want a seat at the table. We don’t need a seat at Cuomo’s table when our members and our students are being served up for dinner!
Instead, we must rebuild NYSUT for real grassroots union action. Vote James Eterno to help uncage the NYSUT tiger.