The UFT should fight to Tax the Rich and #InvestInOurNY

It’s time for the UFT to join the fight! Please encourage your delegates and chapter leaders and chapters to support this resolution at the Wednesday, January 13th UFT Delegate Assembly, and endorse it by filling out this form. A list of endorsing chapter leaders and delegates will be published on this website next Tuesday.

This resolution has been endorsed by the following 37 Chapter Leaders and Delegates:

JohnAntushChapter LeaderM560
MelidaBarbosaChapter Leader24Q311
JenniferFinnChapter Leader01M142
RosemarieFrascellaChapter Leader17K524
TomGriffithChapter Leader15K448
PeterLamphereChapter Leader06M552
IlonaNanayChapter Leader12X242
LiatOlenickChapter Leader14k414
DavidPriceChapter Leader24Q299
CarolineSykoraChapter Leader09×564
AndrewWorthingtonChapter Leader02M298
JohnYannoChapter Leader15K592
JonAlvarezDelegatePS 321
JillianCarvalhoDelegate15K261
JamesColeDelegate02M420
ChristineDeckerDelegate15K172
AdrianaGonzalezDelegate07X223
RachelGormanDelegate06M552
KathrynHaileyDelegate15K32
JakeJacobsDelegate11X556
AlexJallotDelegate02M298
catherinekhellaDelegate21K572
JacquelineLangDelegate10X243
TracyLaumenedeSanchezDelegate30Q149
NoelleMapesDelegate01M142
FrankMarinoDelegate15K839
MaryMcGregorDelegate02M475
ReneeMoralesDelegateDistrict 15
AmyParkerDelegate01M063
AmyParkerDelegate01M063
LeahPascarellaDelegate09X564
KevinProsenDelegateQ230
GiulianaReitzfeldDelegatePS 32
PeterReitzfeldDelegate02M896
ArielaRothsteinDelegate24Q236
EllenSchweitzerDelegate02M475
EricWilliamsonDelegate15K032

RESOLUTION ON TAX THE RICH, INVEST IN OUR NY 

WHEREAS, New York State faces a deficit of almost $60 billion over the next 4 years, and 

WHEREAS, without immediate action, millions will face evictions, homelessness and food insecurity. Public school budgets will be decimated, and   

WHEREAS, New York State’s 120 billionaires saw their combined net worth rise $77.3 billion in the early months of the pandemic, and 

WHEREAS, New York State has a regressive tax structure where the top 5% of income-earners pay less in taxes as a percentage of their income than New York City teachers, and 

WHEREAS, according to a NYSUT poll, 90% of New Yorkers favor taxing the rich before cutting public services, and  

WHEREAS, NYSUT launched an ad campaign early in 2020 calling for new taxes on the ultra wealthy, and

WHEREAS NYS needs at least $50 billion in additional revenues annually to offset decades of austerity, and 

WHEREAS, study after study has shown that the wealthy do not leave a state when the tax rate changes, therefore be it 

RESOLVED, the UFT will join the Professional Staff Congress, District Council 37 and a host of community and state-wide organizations in supporting the Invest in Our NY coalition https://investinourny.org/ which aims to push New York State to raise $50-70 billion annually in new revenue from the wealthiest New Yorkers, and be it further 

RESOLVED that raised revenue must be aimed at essential services including the $3.9 billion owed to our public schools under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision of 2006 that has still not been enforced, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the UFT educate and mobilize our membership and parent allies to support the Invest in Our NY coalition in grassroots lobbying efforts and protest actions this spring, and be it further

RESOLVED, that to that end, the UFT encourage each of our chapters, district representatives and divisional committees to hold one meeting this February where part of the agenda is dedicated to educating members about the urgency of raising revenue from the wealthiest New Yorkers and how to take action to make it a reality.

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