Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!

I’m a special education teacher at a Brooklyn high school, so I spend lots of time in meetings: meetings with co-teachers, meetings with parents, IEP meetings, meetings with paraprofessionals and speech therapists, department meetings, meetings with guidance counselors and social workers. I spend my lunch periods meeting with 12th graders to help them with theirContinue reading “Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!”

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions Why does the UFT have elections? 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. Why should I vote? The UFT needs an active membershipContinue reading “UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)”

Collaboration and the UFT/DOE Bronx Plan: An Inside Perspective

The UFT/DOE Bronx Plan is a step in the right direction, but it is not the whole story. Genuine collaboration between chapter leaders and administrators, not just the appearance of it, will be key to creating schools New York’s students, parents, and teachers deserve.

The Schools New York City Students and Educators Deserve: Vote for MORE in the UFT elections

    PRINTABLE PDF: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_rTIKQeq2LLMzd2UUc0b3pjNHVNUVh1ZUVrWjc1Y05BTEsw/view?usp=sharing   As New York City gives away billions to Amazon and sits on billions in budget surplus we still have an underfunded and segregated school system, and raises in the recent contract fell behind the pace of inflation.   UFT Members and NYC students deserve better. Join MORE in ourContinue reading “The Schools New York City Students and Educators Deserve: Vote for MORE in the UFT elections”

Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity with LA Educators

Unless the LAUSD gives in to key demands of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the 2nd largest school district in the country, with 40,000 educators will be on strike starting Monday, January 14th.   The strike will shut down public schools affecting 480,000 students. The teacher’s demands include higher pay, smaller classes, more supportContinue reading “Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity with LA Educators”

What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It

Why does the UFT leadership negotiate contracts that don’t respond to our or our students’ needs? The explanation most often given by the opposition in the UFT has been: the UFT leadership is out of touch, they’ve been out of the classroom too long, so they make the wrong demands, and are willing to acceptContinue reading “What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It”

Fighting for the Schools New Yorkers Deserve

We should be organizing members and parents at the school, district, borough, and citywide level to demonstrate to elected officials that we have many concerns that have lone gone unmet – overcrowded classrooms, deteriorating school conditions, the disappearance of educators of color, and punitive discipline programs just to name a few.

NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights

The new UFT-DOE contract makes no change in the 50-year wait for lower class sizes, a fair grievance procedure, and a rational job security process, among other issues. Newer teachers will still have to endure 4 or more years of harassment and hundreds of pages of tenure application paperwork, the DOE and administrators will stillContinue reading “NYC teacher union loses all of the battles it never fights”

What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?

Throughout the entire rushed process of ratifying this contract deal, the UFT leadership has insisted that there are no givebacks and that the process is transparent and open. However, the contract MOA clearly states that the raises are contingent on the union’s acceptance of an agreement between the city and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC),Continue reading “What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?”

Class Size Limits, Militancy, and the 2019 UFT Contract

The best way to get laughed out of the UFT Delegate Assembly is to ask about lowering class size limits. “The City will never buy it”, “it’s that or your raises, nobody is willing to give anything up to achieve that” etc… I certainly know teachers who would be willing to make some trades forContinue reading “Class Size Limits, Militancy, and the 2019 UFT Contract”