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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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.