UFT Must Fight Back Now!

January 27, 2015 — 2 Comments

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Governor Cuomo has launched an attack on our rights. We believe the UFT needs a more aggressive response. Our union should work to activate members at the school, district, and borough level to demand equitable and adequate funding for our schools and to stop the testing madness. We believe that we have a golden opportunity to form alliances with parent organizations who are already working on these issues.

Specifically we propose that the UFT:

  • Organize multi-school meetings of UFT members and parents to build solidarity and plan a response

  • Plan local phone banks, school-based and district-wide pickets and rallies

  • Build toward borough and city-wide rallies

  • Pass and support the “I Refuse” opt-out resolution

This approach has the potential to transform the debate about teacher quality and evaluation to one about school funding and test-driven curricula. More importantly, it can rebuild membership confidence in their union by getting members together, letting them see that they are not alone, and generating a spirit of active unionism. We will need that for this battle and for battles to come.
If you agree with this approach we invite you to join us to help spread the word and to work with us to strengthen our union.

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2 responses to UFT Must Fight Back Now!

  1. 
    EDWARD GREENSPAN January 27, 2015 at 1:48 pm

                        That’s all? How about the movement for class sizes and the restoration of discipline in the public schools? The mayor is proposing the elimination of suspensions and permitting the bringing of cell phones into the classroom. The latter permissiveness shall only lead to more distractions, disruption and ultimate defiance.                      Unity Caucus may only fight back when they stop giving up hard fought items in earlier contracts. From the 2005 contract until the current contract, the union keeps giving up far too many items. Ed M. Greenspan, retired NYC Teacher.

    On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:59 AM, Movement of Rank and File Educators wrote:

    morecaucusnyc posted: ” Governor Cuomo has launched an attack on our rights. We believe the UFT needs a more aggressive response. Our union should work to activate members at the school, district, and borough level to demand equitable and adequate funding for our schools and t”

  2. 

    The UFT could give a rat’s behind for it’s own members. They have been selling us out in a major way since at least 2005. The saddest thing is that with the average teacher in NYC being so young they have no clue as to what a real teacher union even looks like. As long as the UFT wants a “seat at the table” instead of refusing the food at the table we are all in big trouble for sure

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