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Come to the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE-UFT) General Meeting on Saturday, March 25th from 12-3pm.  We will be making plans for ongoing organizing to Save Our Union from the anti-union agenda of the Trump administration, to protect immigrants’ rights in our schools, distribute our regular newsletter, and defend public schools and educators under attack from their administrators.

When: Saturday, March 25th 12pm-3pm
Where: CUNY Graduate Center Room 5414
*ID Required to enter*
Light refreshments will be served.
"MORE general meeting 3.25.17"

This is the original resolution presented  by MORE/New Action to UFT Executive Board at the 3/20 meeting on behalf of the school.

The amended version that passed is below it:

Whereas Junior High School 145 is a school serving a low-income, immigrant community in the Bronx with 20% of the students living in homeless shelters or temporary housing; 21% have learning disabilities, 18% have gone extended periods of their lives without any education at all and over 40% English Language Learners, but has only one full-time ELL teacher,

Whereas JHS 145 was designated a renewal school by NYC DOE two and a half years ago, but has yet to receive all the services its students were promised under that program,

Whereas JHS 145 has been forced to give up their classrooms, computer labs and other resources to a Success Academy charter school,

Whereas Success Academy charter school has already advertised additional seats for the 2017/18 school year in JHS 145,

Whereas there has been no stability in school leadership, with three principals in recent years, including one that plead guilty to attempted grand larceny and paid $21,080.83 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.

Be it resolved that UFT take a public stance against the closing of JHS 145 by organizing and mobilizing with the chapter, parents, and community for a march and rally at DOE headquarters to pressure Chancellor Farina into halting the closure.

Be it further resolved that the UFT will adjourn the March 22nd Delegate Assembly at 5:30pm and encourage all delegates to attend the Panel For Education Policy in order to voice our opposition to the closing of JHS 145.

UFT Staff Director and leader of Unity caucus Leroy Barr spoke in favor of the resolution, but amended the two resolveds. The version that passed includes all the “whereas”, but only has one resolves:

Be it resolved that the UFT will continue to take a public stance against the closing of JHS 145.

Barr assured MORE/NA that he will urge delegates at the DA to attend the PEP during his report and there will be UFT officers at the PEP.

Full report of the Executive Board here by Arthur Goldstein

Wednesday, March 22: Delegate Assembly and Panel for Educational Policy

Below find MORE’s Proposed Action Plan for the UFT Delegate Assembly (DA) and Panel for Education Policy (PEP), both of which are happening this Wednesday, March 22. There are two two important issues: Stop the Closing of JHS 145 and Support for the Chapter Leader of Central Park East 1 Elementary School.

DA

At the DA we are gearing up to show support for the JHS 145 community who are faced with having their school closed. MORE/New Action will present a resolution (see below) to be voted on at this Delegate Assembly, calling on public support from the UFT as well as an early adjournment of the DA so that the delegates can attend the PEP. A group of MORE members will leave for the PEP meeting around 5. If you intend to speak at the PEP you need to sign up before 6 – the later you sign up the later you will speak. If you stay for the entire DA, please come to the PEP afterward — wear your MORE T-Shirt!

Additionally, the Chapter Leader (CL) of Central Park East 1 Elementary School (CPE1) is unfairly undergoing a 3020a hearing. Parent leaders may have stickers for UFT members to wear as an additional show of support as some will be showing up outside the DA. Recently almost 100 parents showed up in the hearing room to support Marilyn Martinez.

PEP

Please try to attend the PEP at Fashion Industries HS (225 W 24th St, NYC, between 7th and 8th Avenues). JHS 145 in the Bronx is facing a closure vote. The largely immigrant school community has mobilized to oppose the closing. As unionists committed to defending public education, we must join our voices with those of parents, students and teachers in opposition to this proposed closure. Those who are speaking need to get on line at 5:30.


Resolution on JHS 145

Whereas Junior High School 145 is a school serving a low-income, immigrant community in the Bronx with 20% of the students living in homeless shelters or temporary housing; 21% have learning disabilities, 18% have gone extended periods of their lives without any education at all and over 40% English Language Learners, but has only one full-time ELL teacher.

Whereas JHS 145 was designated a renewal school by NYC DOE two and a half years ago, but has yet to receive all the services its students were promised under that program

Whereas JHS 145 has been forced to give up their classrooms, computer labs and other resources to a Success Academy charter school

Whereas Success Academy charter school has already advertised additional seats for the 2017/18 school year in JHS 145

Whereas there has been no stability in school leadership, with three principals in recent years, including one that plead guilty to attempted grand larceny and paid $21,080.83 in restitution and a $5,000 fine.

Be it resolved that UFT take a public stance against the closing of JHS 145 by organizing and mobilizing with the chapter, parents, and community for a march and rally at DOE headquarters to pressure Chancellor Farina into halting the closure

Be it further resolved that the UFT will adjourn the March 22nd Delegate Assembly at 5:30pm and encourage all delegates to attend the Panel For Education Policy in order to voice our opposition to the closing of JHS 145.

Please consider printing out this two-sided flyer and distributing it to the UFT members in your network. It includes upcoming events to allow your colleagues to plug into the work MORE is doing across the city. It’s time to wake the sleeping giant of the UFT to defend our students, our members, and our schools against Trump, Cuomo, DeVos, “Right to Work”, and whatever else the enemies of public education have in store for us.

"UFT Members: Save Our Union!" "March Events"

 

From April 7-8, the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) will be holding its triennial elections at the Representative Assembly in New York City at the Hilton. Most of us are not aware that New York City represents approximately a third of the voting delegates, all members of the Unity caucus/UFT, and it is the dominating force at the state level that has made many smaller locals join forces to form the first ever opposition caucus called Stronger Together.

MORE took part in the formation of ST caucus three years ago when we ran six At-Large positions for the NYSUT Board of Directors alongside our ally, Beth Dimino, from Port Jefferson Station, Long Island. Arthur Goldstein, now one of seven MORE members who secured a UFT high school executive board seat, ran for Executive Vice President of NYSUT. (Watch Lauren Cohen and Mike Shirtzer’s speech: https://youtu.be/AbkqXmDz62Y.)

Three years later, the Stronger Together Caucus has new leadership with one MORE representative serving on its executive board. They are running four candidates for five officer positions. Michael Lillis, president of the Lakeland Federation of Teachers, serves as director of ST and is running for NYSUT President. Bianca Tanis, is running as Executive Vice President, Megan de la Rosa for 1st Vice President and Nate Hathaway for Secretary/Treasurer. The opposition, on the other hand, comprises members from the Unity power structure. Current V.P. and Unity loyalist, Andy Pallota, is running for President along with four other candidates. With five officer positions up for grabs, ST caucus has left one open, guaranteeing it for a Unity candidate.

ST caucus sent out a preliminary call for nominations via email and social media. There is a lack of clarity around whether MORE members from NYC would be considered for an officer position had anyone been nominated, since the executive board voted to attempt a negotiation with Unity Caucus in their vie for positions. At the same time, ST indicated that any at-large candidates (non-officer) from any local would be included on their campaign literature.* This issue has sparked tension between members of MORE and statewide allies who have worked together around supporting opt out, decrying the teacher evaluation system, and calling out our union leadership for spending  Vote-COPE funds on the election of  pro-privatizer politicians.

Before you read on, it is important to remember that democracy is messy. It involves the ability to acknowledge that there will be more than one point of view, but ultimately, it is up to us to come to a common understanding. Here are some perspectives, and we invite MORE members to weigh in:

  • The goal of the ST executive board is to take over the leadership of the Unity entrenched NYSUT, and to them, it means working within its current power structures. They are confident they can win based on their positions and track record on key issues, such as opt out, teacher evaluation system and working with state parent groups to identify and promote elected officials.
  • Individual MORE members have expressed their personal opinions on their existing blogs. The viewpoints expressed range from complete disagreement with the ST executive board to support for the candidates based on the strong sentiment that we must have a different leadership. One major point of contention is the ST Executive Board’s decision to entertain a negotiation with Unity Caucus.

These are uncertain times, and to build a strong, democratic union, we must resist the current threats to our working conditions. Therefore, we invite fellow members of MORE to weigh in on how MORE should position itself in the current NYSUT elections in the comment section below or email more@morecaucusnyc.org.

*The deadline to register as a nominee was February 9.

The following letter was sent yesterday by the MORE and New Action Caucuses and our representatives on the UFT Executive Board.  We hope that our supporters and will join us, and the UFT leadership, at the hearing today, March 10, and the PEP meeting on Wednesday March 22nd. 

 

March 9, 2017

Parents and MORE members support CPE 1 Chapter Leader Marilyn Martinez. The hearing continues today, March 10th at 100 Gold St. in Manhattan at 10am.

Dear President Mulgrew, Vice Presidents Alford, Hinds, and Mantell and Assistant Secretary Barr:

As you know, our union, and the labor movement as a whole, is under major threat by the anti-labor initiatives promised by the Trump administration, as well as by the inevitable return of a case like last year’s Friedrichs to the Supreme Court.

In such an environment, it is crucial that the rank and file members of our union see that the UFT is at the front lines fighting to defend members publicly at every available opportunity.

There are two important opportunities to do so in the coming days that our union leadership must act on.

First, the Chapter Leader of Central Park East I, Marilyn Martinez, is facing 3020A charges which are clearly retaliatory from the abusive principal Monika Garg.  Fifty parents and UFT members attended the first two days of hearings last week.  We ask that you or Elementary Vice President Karen Alford attend the final day of the hearing this Friday, March 10 in order to send a clear message to the DOE, the arbitrator, and UFT rank and filers that the UFT supports this chapter leader. We further ask you to offer the assistance of the UFT press office in publicizing this defense.  We further ask that you intervene personally with the chancellor around this case. If we do not defend our chapter leaders publicly and strongly, we may soon not have a union to defend at all.

Second, JHS 145 in the Bronx is facing a closure vote at the Panel for Educational Policy meeting on Wednesday March 22nd. The largely immigrant school community has mobilized to oppose the closing. As unionists committed to defending public education, we must join our voices with those of parents, students and teachers in opposition to this proposed closure. The Delegate Assembly scheduled for that day should adjourn early to allow Delegates, Chapter Leaders and the union leadership to attend the nearby PEP Meeting en masse.

In Solidarity,

UFT Executive Board members high school division

KJ Ahluwalia

Arthur Goldstein

Ashraya Gupta

Jonathan Halabi

Marcus McArthur

David Rosen

Mike Schirtzer

Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE caucus UFT)

New Action Caucus UFT

 

 

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Did you know that women around the world are taking action on Wednesday, March 8 against the Trump administration and the sexist policies it represents?

Show your support now on Facebook 

In a followup to the January 21st outpouring of protest during the National Women’s March and sister marches globally, organizers have called for a Global Women’s Strike on March 8th.

Please wear red on Wednesday, and join the rally at Washington Square park after school on at 4pm

RSVP here to meetup with fellow educators.

Thank you for these suggestions from MORE members at MS324 for what teachers can do during the day of action on Wednesday.