Our High School VP and Executive Board Candidates

February 3, 2016 — 4 Comments

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MORE/New Action will bring your voice to the UFT Executive Board

A ballot will be mailed to your home on May 5th from the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

With your support, MORE/New Action can win the High School seats on the UFT Executive Board. Your vote will elect working teachers who have not taken a loyalty oath to blindly follow Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus.

A MORE/New Action Leadership Will:

 

  • Support You As A Professional Educator. We will combat micromanagement, expose abusive administrators, and fight for all the resources you need to do your job.
  • Negotiate and Enforce a Fair, Transparent Contract. You deserve to understand exactly what you are voting on. We will not take less than other NYC unions. It costs a lot to live where we teach and our salary has to reflect that. A contract is meaningless if it is not enforced.
  • Build Power by Engaging ALL Members. We will organize local UFT meetings in all districts to hear your needs and make sure the union is working with you and for you.
  • Fight for You on All Fronts. We will build our chapters so all members are ready to join the fight and expand alliances with parents, community groups, students and other unions
  • Represent Working Teachers. Unlike our current leaders, we teach full schedules every day so we face the same problems you do; class-size, discipline, Danielson rubrics, standards and curriculum that we had no input in.

Please contact more@morecaucusnyc.org set up a meeting in or near your school, distribute our election fliers, or donate to our campaign.

Vice-President Academic High Schools Candidate

James Eterno: UFT Delegate and Social Studies Teacher at Middle College High School, Queens. 18 year Chapter Leader Jamaica High School, 1997-2007 UFT Executive Board.

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.

High School Executive Board Candidates

Kuljit Ahluwalia: Science Teacher at Queens Academy H. S. in Flushing Queens. Former UFT Delegate 1997-2003 and Chapter Leader 2003-2009 at Canarsie High School, Brooklyn:

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.

Jonathan Halabi: UFT Chapter Leader and Math Teacher at HS of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx. UFT Executive Board, HS Division, 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. I am running to ensure our voices are heard in our union.

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

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%.

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 UNITY refused to offer any support. On the executive board I will fight for better learning conditions for our students, which  are the working conditions for our members.

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.

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

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.

 

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

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.  

 

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4 responses to Our High School VP and Executive Board Candidates

  1. 
    Adjlevin@aol.com February 3, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    an all star team

  2. 

    Seems pretty male dominated. Any analysis around this?

    • 

      Yes, UFT Executive Board meets every other Monday. We wanted women on the slate and they wanted to be on it, but due to the fact that UFT does not offer childcare women could not commit to serving since all are primary caregivers. If and when elected, our first demand will be childcare at all union functions. It is quite ridiculous that our profession is 75% women, many of whom are mothers/caregivers, yet a teacher’s union does not offer childcare.

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