Archives For February 2016

Mulgrew

For Immediate Release

 

media@morecaucusnyc.org

A group of active classroom teachers are challenging the current officers of the United Federation of Teachers in the upcoming union elections. Ballots will go out May 5th to all UFT members from the American Arbitration Association.


MORE, the Movement of Rank and File Educators, a caucus within the UFT, is campaigning on the dual platform of union democracy and social justice. Lauren Cohen, elementary school teacher and candidate for Vice-President of Elementary Schools said;  “We need new leadership of our union that will engage our members, be more transparent, and work with the communities we serve to combat inequity and segregation.” Ms. Cohen points out that 60 years after Brown vs Board of Education, NYC schools are among the most segregated in the nation. She continued, “This has resulted in unequal resources for our public schools, a system of haves and have-nots.”


David Garcia-Rosen, high school dean and candidate for Executive Board, points to the failures of our union under current UFT President Michael Mulgrew  “It is time for the teachers and students of New York City to have union leadership that fights for every student to have a world class education regardless of zip code. Time and time again Mulgrew and his Unity caucus have supported failed DOE policies that have turned NYC schools into test taking factories that have taken the joy out of learning and teaching.”

 

Mulgrew and the UFT leadership allowed the Deblasio administration to push a contract that did not retroactively pay women out on family leave and educators on sick leave. MORE’s Presidential Candidate and special education teacher Jia Lee said, “In a profession comprised of 76% women, the leadership has not fought for paid family leave. Participation at our union meetings by members with young children is nearly impossible. A step to democratizing our union can include something as simple as providing childcare at monthly union delegate meetings”


“Class-size are at record highs and teachers are micromanaged by administrators with very little classroom experience” Said Camille Eterno, high school teacher and candidate for UFT Secretary. The conditions of our public schools continue to deteriorate without out any response from the current UFT leadership. “Mulgrew has time for deals with corporate and political leaders, but not for teachers, parents and students. He won’t even answer our emails.”, said Ms. Eterno.


“We are in the schools everyday, we know our children, their parents, and our communities. Mulgrew and most of the UFT officers are too distant from our students ” said Mindy Rosier candidate for Vice-President for Education and special education teacher,  “Our students who need the most, receive the least. We need a renewed effort by our union to make sure children with special needs are being served as they are entitled to, especially those in forced charter co-locations where rooms and resources are reduced. This adversely affects services our children need and that are mandated by  law!” according to Ms. Rosier.

The members of MORE know our working conditions are our students’ learning condition. Unfortunately, Mulgrew does not feel the same: his support for common core standards, charter schools and high-stakes testing proves he does not work for the best interests of our schools.
To arrange an interview with Jia Lee who testified before a US Senate Committee on education legislation and Is our candidate for UFT President or for interviews with any of our candidates, please contact us media@morecaucusnyc.org 

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Why does the UFT have elections?

It’s in the UFT Constitution, Article IV, Section 2: “Nominations for officers shall be made triennially.”

Federal Labor Law requires union elections, LMRDA Title IV: “Every local labor organization shall elect its officers not less often than once every three years.” UFT is required to adhere to federal labor law.

 

Are these elections divisive and weakening our union?

No! elections bring many different perspectives to the table. There have been caucuses in the UFT since our founding.  Each caucus has different ideas for how to lead our union and each caucus deserves to have its voice heard. UFT elections are the chance for you to choose your leaders, which is the foundation of any good organization or government. We do not want to live in a country without elections, nor do we want a union leadership that is not democratically elected. UFT elections are healthy, because they allow for you to have a voice and a choice in who leads our union.

 

Why should I vote?

The UFT needs an active membership participation to advocate effectively for the educators, students, and families of New York City! Now more than ever we need to show that we’re ready to bring every member’s voice to the table to fight the well-funded attacks targeting public schools and communities. If you are happy with our union’s direction, then vote for Michael Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus. If you believe we need new leadership, vote for the MORE/New Action slate. Either way, we urge you to vote in order to keep our union strong.

 

What positions within the UFT are being voted on?

    • You will be voting for
      • 12 officers including President, VPs, and Treasurer  
      • 90 Executive Board seats
      • 750 delegates to the statewide and national unions with which we are affiliated (AFT and NYSUT)
    • Executive Board is one governing body of 90 seats, but seats within the executive board are voted on differently. Each division has a certain number of seats held for them, and only teachers in that division can vote for them
      • Elementary- 11 seats
      • Intermediate /Junior High School- 5 seats
      • High School- 7 seats
      • Functional- 19 seats for non-pedagogical licenses ie: paraprofessionals, secretaries, OT/PTs, school nurses, social workers, lab techs, school psychologists
      • 48 seats are At-Large, which means any UFT member active or retired may vote for these seats.

What is a caucus?

A caucus is a group of people with shared concerns within a larger organization, similar to a political party. There have been many caucuses in UFT’s history, but Unity caucus has been in uninterrupted control of our union since it began over 50 years ago. Currently, Unity caucus controls all of the elected posts within the UFT, with the exception of the 10 Executive Board seats held by New Action.

 

Is there proportional representation?

No, all 750 delegates to NYSUT and AFT conventions are sent by Unity caucus. They are bound by oath to vote as one bloc; in other words, all 750 Unity caucus delegates must vote as they are instructed to by the leadership of Unity. The only positions that an opposition caucus has won in the past elections are the Executive Board seats that are voted on by only teachers in that division (see above). Over twenty years ago, the ruling Unity caucus changed the UFT constitution so Vice-Presidents from each division (High School, Intermediate, Elementary, Functional) are voted for at-large(by every UFT member). This was because New Action caucus won high school executive board seats and the VP of High Schools. This year, even if MORE/New Action wins 49% of the entire vote, we will have zero delegates at our state and national convention.

 

Who is MORE?

The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) formed in 2012 by a diverse group of active UFT members working in all five boroughs, from kindergarten through 12th grade and adult education. Through their experiences as educators, activists, and advocates for our students, MORE members became frustrated by UFT President Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus allowing our collective strength to deteriorate. Our members come together because we know; “Our working conditions are our student’s learning conditions.” We believe in a educated, engaged,  and mobilized membership that will fight for the schools our members and children deserve. MORE is running in the 2016 UFT elections in coalition with New Action Caucus, so the ballot will say MORE/New Action.

 

How Do I Vote?

Ballots will be mailed to your home address on May 5th from the American Arbitration Association. You will need to fill out the ballot, place it in the enclosed pre-paid addressed, envelope, and place it in a mailbox.

 

What if I don’t get a ballot in the mail?

If you do not receive a ballot by mail or if your ballot is damaged or tampered with, immediately contact the American Arbitration Association at (800)778-7879. If you have moved you can notify UFT by going here: http://www.uft.org/know-your-rights/moving-notify-uft-your-change-address

Do I have to vote for an entire slate, or can I pick and choose from each slate?

A slate is a group of candidates that were nominated by a caucus to run for positions on the ballot. MORE is running with New Action on a joint slate. Michael Mulgrew and the current UFT leadership run as Unity. You can vote a “straight ticket/slate” by marking one of the boxes at the top of the ballot next to a slate name. You can also “split your ticket,” by marking boxes next to candidates of any slate. Most members vote for an entire slate by marking an X for one slate. Please keep in mind that if you try to vote for a slate and one or more individual candidates, your ballot will be invalidated.

 

Can UFT members place campaign materials in staff mailboxes in your school and other public schools?

Yes, You have the right to place union literature in the mailboxes within your school or within any other school, as long as you don’t do it while you are on duty. You can do it before or after school, or during your lunch period.

 

When going to other schools make sure to sign in with security (bring photo ID), go to the office where the mailboxes are, and introduce yourself to the secretary. Show the secretary, or any administrator who asks, the Department of Education memorandum which spells out your right to place election literature in the mailboxes.

 

Do not agree to leave the stack with the secretary, the UFT chapter leader, or anyone else. You have a right to put them directly in the mailboxes.

 

If someone at the schools forbids you from distributing contact Kit Wainer, our UFT Elections committee representative. Kit will contact the UFT and the UFT will instruct the Department of Education to tell the principal to let you in. You will then be allowed to return on another day

 

The right to distribute is based on the Baizerman decision, which is still in effect, formally establishing the right of UFT members to distribute union material, including caucus election materials, in mailboxes of NYC public schools on their own time.

 

Can UFT district representatives, officers, and staffers campaign or distribute Unity literature during their work hours or in UFT chapter or regional meetings?

No, not during work hours or in UFT meetings. Use of UFT “time” is considered a use of union resources and is forbidden by federal labor law (LMRDA).

 

Will the UFT, my Chapter Leader, Principal or anyone else know how I voted?

No, not unless you tell them.

When you send back your ballot, you will be placing it in two envelopes: first in an anonymous ballot envelope, and then in the prepaid mailing envelope. This second, outer envelope gets scanned upon delivery. This ensures that the ballot mailbox isn’t being stuffed. That envelope is then removed and stored in a separate location, leaving only your anonymous ballot. AAA will have a record of who sent in a ballot, but NOT how you voted.

 

How can I help MORE?

Great question, we thought you would never ask!

  1. Vote and let others in your chapter know that they need to vote too! Host a ballot breakfast, lunch, or after-school party in your school.
  2. Distribute our election literature in your chapter and share with your UFT friends.
  3. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, check our website, and share these links with everyone.
  4. Join MORE– for a small donation you can help keep our election campaign strong. We have to design and print fliers, rent space for meetings, and hold election related events- all which cost money.
  5. Sign up for our weekly email list here and text updates.
  6. Get involved, come to an event- check our listings here or email us to set up a happy hour or after-school meeting near you!
  7. Share this FAQ with your friends on text, email, and social media!

Please come to this special MORE Caucus event on Sunday afternoon, February 28 12-3 pm at P.S. 58, 330 Smith Street, Brooklyn. ATR issues will be among the issues on the agenda. Other agenda issues include Family leave, Opt-out, a Member-driven union.

The MORE Caucus-UFT platform pledges to reintegrate ATRs into the schools, assigning ATRs into schools of their choice in the district. Co-location with charter schools and other new schools has driven the excessing crisis. Perhaps the biggest factor currently impacting principals’ reluctance to hire ATRs, is “Fair Student Funding.” Additionally, “leadership academy” principals want to hire “teaching fellows” that are absent of institutional memory.

The MORE platform pledges to end the UFT involvement in UFT charter schools except as representation of union members.The MORE platform calls for the union to be member-driven. It calls for union positions to be subject to election and recall. And it calls for dues increases to be voted on at the Delegate’s Assembly.


The Absent Teacher Reserve: An Injury to One is an Injury to All
By: Jia Lee
MORE Presidential Candidate

Imagine you’re standing alongside a rapid flowing river. You see someone being carried along mercilessly. You jump in, holding onto a rope and pull this person out. As soon as you emerge, you see another, so you jump in again. Each time you emerge, you turn to see more people. Perhaps, others join in solidarity. We become so enrapt in trying to save people, we never venture to find the root source of the problem.

The Current Situation
According to a recent Chalkbeat article, City Data Shows Number in Absent Teacher Reserve Remains Steady*, there are currently 1,083 teachers in the ATR pool, down from 1,102 in January 2015. The city reports 500 new teachers hired full time in 2014 and 2015, and since January of 2014, 450 teachers have exited the system. The article does not specify who was hired full time and who left the system. There is no breakdown. We know new teachers are being hired into the system while hearing horror stories by our mid-career colleagues in the ATR. The numbers don’t adequately tell the stories and experiences of the teachers who have been displaced, made certain through negotiations by union leadership.

Further, there is no mention of the unfair and arbitrary treatment of teachers in rotation or those placed into provisional placements. In a system that is under one of the most top down and oppressive conditions ever, being in the ATR has seeped negative connotations and stigma. Internalized oppression has manifested into traumatic disorders and affected the quality of life of so many of our colleagues. It’s unconscionable. Yet, our union leadership fails to understand that an injury to one is an injury to all.

Despite the provisions in the newest contract that is supposed to make it easier for members in the ATR pool to go on interviews, there is an unspoken and subversive feeling that something is not right. Has anyone outside of the ATR asked how teachers in this situation are evaluated? Most, so entrenched in their own survival, don’t realize that those in the ATR are under an observation and evaluation system that is not written anywhere in our contract. Ask anyone who is in this situation at your school.

The Source
The framing of the stories continue to be controlled by the same folks who have spent untold billions to privatize public education. We have yet to read or hear about schools as places where people form relationships to foster nurturing places for teaching and learning- that once dismantled, the human nature of that work is destroyed. Teachers are not interchangeable widgets. At the core of of a school is the community of people within it. Forcing teachers to go from school to school, as if they are interchangeable, ignores and worse, does not care to support the teachers, hence the students in the school. We must understand that all UFT members are subject to arbitrary school closures based on invalid metrics, so we must stand in solidarity with teachers who are placed in our schools and welcome them.

In the Chalkbeat article, there’s an acknowledgement that the number of teachers in the ATR have remained steady due to the stall in school closures that were so aggressive before DeBlasio took office. Even with the stall, there was an agreement made before the change of mayoral and chancellorship power. Only one side remains constant, and that is the Unity leadership who helped to create the ATR. It is frustrating beyond comprehension as to why, given the precarious conditions of moving and having to adapt from school to school, our union leadership shot down a resolution by a very well known teacher in the ATR, to have, in the least, its own chapter with elected representation. One would think that the union leadership has something to gain from preventing such empowerment. As a chapter leader of seven years who’s attended nearly every delegate assembly, I started to take note of all the times our current president proudly stated that they helped us avoid layoffs. However, what the leadership does not seem to remind folks of is how they conceded to school closures and the displacement of teachers, an egregious act that would put them in the same boat as ed deformers.

Returning to the analogy I started with, through collaborative research and work with others within and beyond MORE, we have made our way to the source of the attack on our profession, students and schools. Many already know that the UFT is the single largest teachers union local. We stand in the way of a greater objective by the corporate elite who are vying for control. Years ago, our leadership cowered to the false rhetoric being put out by the Koch brothers and Broads that the source of an “achievement gap” was the teachers. So, despite the mountains of evidence that standardized tests could not be used to evaluate schools and teachers, our leadership welcomed it. They welcomed mayoral control, the Common Core with its high stakes tests, Danielson rubrics, charters (the UFT started 2) and scripted curriculum, while doing nothing to combat the managerial and lean production model used by administrators coming out of the leadership academy.

The state then used a norm-referenced bell curve designed to ensure a bottom percentage of schools that could then be labeled as failing. Many of those schools were targeted for charter co-locations. As schools closed, teachers, students and entire communities were displaced. This played right into the false narrative by ed deformers. The leadership of our union fails to acknowledge that their strategies of “having a seat at the table” are dangerous and damaging. What they helped to create is a breakdown in membership-wide solidarity. Our first defense is us; it has not been and will not be the leadership.

The MORE caucus, is not, in and of itself, a top-down structure. We have bylaws that ensure term limits and democratic decision making. If you have ever attended a MORE general meeting, you know that we painstakingly work to make ensure that anyone who wants to speak on an issue, raise proposals and have an opinion that differs from others is heard. We work to have distributive leadership within our structure, creating, in practice, the kind of union we want to see.

Our MORE 2016 Platform** states:

  • MORE seeks to dismantle the notion of an absent teacher reserve and provide for all teachers to find a school community that is the right fit.
  • MORE believes in a strong ATR chapter with elected representatives

*http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2016/02/19/atr-number-remains-steady-city-says/#.VsofV4wrIy4

**https://morecaucusnyc.org/2016/01/02/our-2016-platform/

MORE-NEW ACTION slate vote (1)

MORE has a great chance of winning seats on the UFT Executive Board from the High School division.

In the 2013 UFT elections MORE received 1,430 votes from high school teachers, Unity caucus received 1,592, and New Action which was cross-endorsing with Unity received 452 votes. New Action is now running with MORE as a joint slate, Our combined vote totals in 2013 would have resulted in defeating Unity for 7 seats on the Executive Board.

We need your support in order to win. It is time for a new, independent voice in UFT leadership that will offer different views from Mulgrew and his Unity caucus. You can help by distributing our literature, coming to our events, donating to our campaign, and urging people in your school to VOTE MORE/New Action!

Our high school slate is now complete with the addition of Marcus B. McArthur

Marcus Brandon McArthur is a New Jersey native and Brooklyn based writer, educator, and political activist whose work focuses on race, economic inequality, education and cultural politics.  He received his B.A. in History from Morehouse College in Atlanta where he focused on the shared historical plight of African descendants through studies in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Brazil.  Marcus received his M.A. in Latin American History from Penn State and M.S. in Special Education from LIU-Brooklyn.  He has published works with the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Journal and the MORE Caucus blog of the United Federation of Teachers.  He currently teaches English and Social Studies as a Special Education Teacher at City-As School.

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Our Complete HS slate:

 

VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC HIGH SCHOOLS CANDIDATE

Eterno


James Eterno: UFT Delegate and Social Studies Teacher at Middle College High School, Queens. 18 year Chapter Leader at Jamaica High School, UFT Executive Board 1997-2007
Together, we can restore dignity to teaching. Every UFT member should join the fight to repeal horrific state laws that include rating teachers on cookie cutter 1-4 Danielson rubrics and student test scores, presuming teachers are guilty until proven innocent in termination hearings and replacing teachers without any due process in receiver schools.  Mulgrew thinks everything is just fine.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD – HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION CANDIDATES

Kuljit Ahluwalia (1)

Kuljit Ahluwalia: Science Teacher at Queens Academy H. S.  Chapter Leader at Canarsie High School, Brooklyn  2003-2009.

As a high school teacher for the last 28 years I have seen the slow erosion of teachers’ rights and a sense of frustration.  As a former teacher at a phase out school I have witnessed how unfairly ATR have been treated.  We need to have a union that will provide equal representation and voice the concerns of all its members.

Garcia-Rosen

David Garcia-Rosen: Restorative Dean and Athletic Director Bronx Academy of Letters, Lead Organizer NYCLetEmPlay

Our students and UFT members deserve a union that fights for every school to have equitable access to resources regardless of zip code. For five years the  NYCLetEmPlay students and teachers stood up to fight for civil rights. MORE stood by their side while Mulgrew/UNITY refused to offer any support. On the executive board we will fight for better learning conditions for our students, which  are the working conditions for our members.

Goldstein

Arthur Goldstein: UFT Chapter Leader  and ESL teacher at Francis Lewis High School, Queens.

It’s time for high school teachers to have a voice and I want to give you that voice. Let’s initiate things that work for us and our students rather than counter-productive reformy nonsense. Count on me to represent membership, whether or not I have the approval of leadership..

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Ashraya Gupta: UFT Delegate and Chemistry teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School, Manhattan.

We deserve a democratic union, representative of our members. For too long, teacher interests have been cast as oppositional to student interests. But our union should make it clear that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Let’s be the union we wish to see.

Halabi

Jonathan Halabi: UFT Chapter Leader and Math teacher at HS of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx. UFT Executive Board 2009 – present

Teaching is an honorable career. We help kids learn and grow. Their success is our reward. But not if we are mistreated. Not if our voices are ignored. Not if decisions that affect our schools are made out of incompetence and malice. We are running to ensure all our voices are heard in our union.

McArthur

Marcus B. McArthur:  Special Education Teacher at City-As School, Manhattan

As UFT members we are privileged to have the opportunity to be at the forefront of a monumental shift towards economic and social justice in America and around the globe.  Through mass mobilization of our membership and our allies, we will steadfastly fight for teacher autonomy, student voice, and economic justice for the 99%.

Mike Schirtzer

 

Mike Schirtzer: UFT Delegate and Social Studies teacher at Leon M. Goldstein High School, Brooklyn:

 

“We Need New Leadership!”

Classroom teachers need to have our voices heard. We will bring that to UFT Executive Board. Our current leadership negotiated a poor contract, worse than other city unions. Micromanagement, Danielson, and 1% raises with delayed retro is not what educators deserve. MORE/New Action will not allow that to happen again! Our union must fight against segregated schools and demand equal resources for all children.

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Cayden Betzig ​is a first year teacher at Eagle Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Prior to beginning his lead teaching career this school year he spent five years working in NYC and DC public schools as a teacher’s aid. As a student at NYU he campaigned vigorously for educational justice. He coordinated a campaign demanding that the university prioritize financial aid over real estate expansion. He also founded the NYU Public Education Project­ a group of pre­service teachers dedicated to social justice. He is passionate about moving MORE and the UFT to be a truly democratic organization that represents all teachers­ especially teachers of color and the untenured.

Erik Forman ​is a second­ year ESL and Social Studies teacher and current Chapter Leader at the High School for Language and Innovation in the former Columbus High School building in the Bronx. He has worked as an educator for nearly a decade, teaching Adult ESL, substitute teaching, and teaching at a university in China. Before his life as an educator, Erik spent seven years participating in groundbreaking campaigns to unionize the US fast food industry with the Industrial Workers of the World. He wants to build the schools students deserve and the union teachers need.

Ashraya Gupta: UFT Delegate and Chemistry teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School, Manhattan. “We deserve a democratic union, representative of our members. For too long, teacher interests have been cast as oppositional to student interests. But our union should make it clear that our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions. Let’s be the union we wish to see.”

Peter Lamphere ​Teaches math and robotics at Gregorio Luperón HS in Manhattan. During four UFT elections since 2004, he has learned the need to prioritize building a strong base and organization through our campaign. Throughout the fall he has focused on developing literature, fundraising and outreach plans, including a strong fall conference and membership drive. Also, he will continue to develop MORE’s organizing committee and the database of thousands of contacts we maintain, and contribute to local organizing in Washington Heights. He has a long record as a MORE/UFT activist, Chapter Leader and Delegate. But more important is a commitment to MORE’s social justice unionism model. This means that we can’t win against the deformers without broader support from families, communities and working people generally. We need not only parent and community support of our demands but also to support wider working class fights against budget cuts, for #BlackLivesMatter, and so on.

Janice Manning​ is currently a fifth grade Special Education Teacher in an Integrated Co Teaching Classroom at P.S. 503 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She started her teaching career as a fourth grade teacher in Fort Worth, Texas. After teaching in Fort Worth for a year, she taught English as a foreign language in Znamenka, Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is passionate about working with other educators to organize ways to improve education for ALL students.

Kevin Prosen​ is chapter leader at I.S. 230 in Jackson Heights, Queens. He campaigned as part of MORE’s slate for the executive board in the 2013 UFT elections, and has organized mass grievance campaigns at his school involving up to 35 members of his chapter. He has been active in the MORE chapter organizing committee and has been organizing outreach to other chapter leaders in the city. His writings on UFT issues have appeared in Jacobin and Socialist Worker.

Roberta Reid, a native New Yorker, presently resides in the Bronx. She made a mid-life career change, returning to study and complete her Bachelor of Art degree at Lehman College of the City of New York to go into the Education Profession. Her service with the Department of Education of the City of New York commenced in 1991 as a Common Branch teacher, first, at CS 198, then at the Mohegan School, both schools in District 12 in the Bronx. In 2008, she ran unsuccessfully for Chapter Leader at CS67, Bronx. Roberta’s career covered a span of 22.5 years until her retirement in June 2014. In May 2015, she made a first time run for the Delegate Assembly of the UFT Retired Teacher Chapter as an independent, garnering an impressive 151 votes.  She has always viewed social justice and equity as vital components of what the profession represents.

Mindy Rosier ​is a native New Yorker who graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education and Fordham University with an M.S. Ed in Early Childhood Special Education. She has been a teacher for 17 years, including 3 years at the NY Foundling Hospital and currently 8 years with the Department of Education in a District 75 school. After seeing the hardships that her school has endured and after researching the education system itself, she became active to promote an improvement in the quality of education for all children.

Mike Schirtzer:​ UFT Delegate and Social Studies teacher at Leon M. Goldstein High School, Brooklyn for nine years: “We Need New Leadership!” “Classroom teachers need a voice in our union and we will be that voice on the UFT Executive Board. Our leadership negotiated a poor contract, worse than other city unions. Micromanagement, Danielson, and 1% raises with delayed retro is not what teachers want or need.”MORE must defend public schools and advocate for our members. I will work hard to increase the membership in my school and get out the vote for MORE. As Delegate I will help write/raise resolutions and recruit at DAs. I will organize additional chapter leader/delegate workshops. We will hold meetings for teachers that need help in south Brooklyn and build that network. I will be the point person to steering for the high school committee to win UFT executive board seats, create a campaign, and add MORE members from those schools. I will work with union members statewide to opt-out and fight anti-public education policies in my role as VP of ST caucus. Unions are critical in ending social, economic, and racial injustice. Together we can transform and take back our union.

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Brooklyn Happy Hour at Abilene Bar

Friday 2/26 3:15pm

442 Court Street

Educators from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Boerum Hill, and across the city meeting, mingling, and consuming tasty beverages (1st one free!) and food after work on a Friday afternoon.

First beer on us!

Facebook link here

Mass Petition Signing and Meeting-

Saturday 2/27 12pm-3pm

Gregorio Luperon High School
501 W 165th St @ Amsterdam (1/A/C to 168th) NYC
Library

Tired of how standardized testing is distorting our classrooms and schools?
Want to fight for paid parental leave for city workers?
Do you think our union needs to support opt-out and other movements against education deform?
We need your help to get a member-driven alternative on the ballot in our union elections.
Jia Lee and our top slate of officers needs 900 signatures to get on the ballot, and all of our nearly 300 candidates need 100 signatures each…
Email more@morecaucusnyc.org your name, school and file/EIS # and you can help sign all 300 petitions!
Are you running yourself? Bring your petition…
Come to pick up your election leaflets and plan how to get them into neighboring schools.

Pizza and beverages will be served

email more@morecaucusnyc.org to reserve childcare

Facebook link here

Whose Union, Our Union Forum

PS 58- The Carroll School

330 Smith St, Brooklyn (entrance on Carroll St)

Sunday 2/28 12pm-3pm

Join us in Carroll Gardens to get involved with the #MORE2016 campaign! There will be a panel discussion and break-out groups regarding ATRs, Family Leave, Opt Out, and Our Vision for a Member-Driven UFT. We’ll network, socialize, and build #solidarity with our fellow social justice unionists! If you took election petitions to your chapter-drop them off here, pick up campaign literature to distribute at your school, and sign petitions to help get MORE/New Action on the UFT officers’ ballot.

Pizza and beverages will be served

Take the F/G to Carroll St.

email more@morecaucusnyc.org to reserve childcare

Facebook link here

UFT Elections Rally

Saturday 3/12 12pm-4pm

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 W 13 St, Between 7th & 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10011
1:00PM-4:00PM
Room 301

Let’s get ready for the UFT Election! We’ll organize, plan and rally with friends and colleagues.

email more@morecaucusnyc.org to reserve childcare

Facebook link here

 

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