Run With MORE in the UFT Elections

November 20, 2015 — 2 Comments
 

#MORE2016

Join us at our general meeting this Saturday 11/21 from 12-3pm to help us plan our election campaign and organize chapters near you to fight back for a better union.

Yaya Network 224 West 29th St midtown NYC (14th floor)

Sign up to run with MORE in the Spring 2016 elections as a state (NYSUT) and national union (AFT/NEA) delegate.
What do you have to do to run for AFT/NYSUT representative on the MORE/NewAction slate:
download form here, Scan the form, complete it, take photo/scan, send back tomore@morecaucusnyc.org
  • Get UFT members  to sign your petition.
  • Help distribute MORE election literature in your school

100 signatures are needed on the petition to get on the ballot as an AFT/NYSUT representative to national and state conventions. The process of getting signatures in the schools is a way to engage members about the UFT election and MORE. It is understood that it is not always easy to get 100 signatures in smaller schools. MORE and New Action (another opposition caucus that we will be running with as a joint slate) will hold signing parties to help make up any shortfall. Petitions will be made available in January or February  and you will have 3 weeks to gather the signatures.

You don’t have to join MORE to run for AFT/NYSUT delegate, although joining would give you voting rights in MORE for the next year and help our campaign efforts. Even a small donation to the election cause is welcome.

What do you have to do if you win?

Don’t worry – you can’t win! The way the UFT election process was set up by Unity caucus is to ensure they remain in power.
In the UFT oligarchy it’s winner take all. Unity’s Winner-take-all disenfranchises UFT members not in Unity caucus. 

In a democratic union, MORE’s percentage of the vote in the 2013 election would have given us a share of these 750 delegates. But the more than 5,000 people who voted for MORE in the election have no representation at the AFT and NYSUT representative assemblies. Our dues are used for delegates to attend these union conventions that Mulgrew and his Unity caucus dominate.

We Still Need Your Vote

MORE will be putting forth some proposals in the election to  change how these representatives are elected to remove the “Unity is the sole option” process. There is a good chance that the MORE/New Action slate can win the 7 high school executive board seats which will allow us to advocate for making our union more democratic, but Unity will still have a majority of the executive board. Every vote for MORE/New Action is a message to UFT leadership that we want more member voice in our union.

Why run?

The MORE members that run the better. By running in the election you are helping us build the kind of bottom-up movement that we will need to change the UFT. You will help us spread the word that there is an alternative to the UFT status quo. It will send a message to Unity that the undemocratic system must change. It will allow MORE to advocate for change by showing that hundreds of UFT members ran with us and need to have representation. This will also help you get members in your school interested in the election and more involved in the UFT.

Download form here
Scan the form, complete it, take photo/scan, send back to more@morecaucusnyc.org

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2 responses to Run With MORE in the UFT Elections

  1. 
    EDWARD GREENSPAN November 20, 2015 at 2:24 pm

                         While I am a retired teacher, (33 years)please do not have meetings on Saturday. You will be turning off sabbath observing teachers.

    On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 02:02 PM, Movement of Rank and File Educators wrote:

    morecaucusnyc posted: ”

    Mike —

    Join us at our general meeting this Saturday 11/21 from 12-3pm to help us plan our election campaign and organize chapters near you to fight back for a better union. Yaya Network 224 West 29th St midtown NYC (14th floor)

    Sign “

  2. 
    Adjlevin@aol.com November 20, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I was willing to distribute your newsletter but no one got back to me. Now I am not at that campus and not available to distribute. You have to organize a little better. Dave Levin

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