Movement of Rank & File Educators (MORE-UFT) Rules and ByLaws
Article I Membership
Article II General Meetings
Article III Norms
Article IV Decision Making process
Article V Steering Elections and Procedures
Article VI MORE Steering Responsibilities
Article VII MORE Steering Time Commitment
a. Regular membership shall be defined as those that are members of the UFT who have
paid regular membership dues to MORE. They shall have all the full rights of
membership. This can be paid yearly or as a sustaining member. For purposes of
these bylaws members are defined as regular members unless otherwise indicated.
b. Associate members are non-UFT members
i. Associate members may speak freely at general membership
meetings, but shall not have voting rights.
ii. Associate members may join committees; speak, propose resolutions aligned
with MORE’s mission, and vote only within those committees.
c. $25 annual dues for Teachers, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers (including
retired in these titles).
d. $10 annual dues for Paraprofessionals, Secretaries, Occupational Therapists, Physical
Therapists, Lab Technicians, School Nurses, and other functional titles (including
retired in these titles).
e. $10 annual dues for Associate Members
d. All members are encouraged to become sustainers of MORE.
e. The amount of dues shall be reviewed annually. Any proposals to change the dues
amount shall be voted on by the MORE membership.
Article II-General Meetings
a. MORE general meetings are held at least 6 times per academic year and more often
b. MORE General Membership meetings are open to UFT members and interested
members of the public who wish to share in discussion of union matters and other
issues of critical concern to the educational community.
c. The Steering Committee will either plan the agendas, including items suggested by
interested MORE members, or oversee a committee of MORE Members who will do
d. Any MORE member may propose an addition or revision to the agenda at least 2 days
prior to the meeting.
e. Steering will approve the agenda prior to the meeting.
f. In order to amend the agenda at the time of the meeting there must be a 2⁄3 vote.
g. Notice of meetings will be posted on the Website, social media, and in the MORE
Weekly E-Newsletter, at least two weeks in advance of each meeting, except in cases
h. Proposed agendas will be sent to members at least one week prior to the meeting.
Whenever possible MORE shall post the proposed agenda on our website and social
media and shall post a report of the meeting a week after the meeting has taken place.
a. Assume good intentions.
b. Our time together is valuable. Remember to speak with purpose and WAIT (ask
yourself: “Why Am I Talking?”). Please make sure your comments and questions are
concise, address the issue at hand, and add something new to the discussion.
c. Listen actively when others are speaking.
d. Raise questions, disagreements and problems directly and as soon as possible.
Speak to the issue, not the person.
e. Speak for yourself unless you have permission to speak for others. Be clear when
representing a position on behalf of an individual or a group.
f. When representing MORE publicly, be clear as to whether or not you are representing
yourself as a member of MORE or MORE as a group. If representing MORE as a
group, make sure you have the authority to do so, and respect our collective
g. Respect all viewpoints, perspectives and social identities.
h. If there are conflicts regarding adherence to these norms, individuals should inform the
chair during the meeting or the Steering Committee immediately afterwards for
Article IV-Decision Making Processes
a. MORE policymaking decisions and other important decisions will be made by
consensus whenever possible.
b. All policies are decided through a democratic process. Open discussion, speakers for
and against when applicable. We strive for consensus, but decisions are resolved by
a majority vote.
c. Any vote at a general meeting that receives a simple majority of the total membership
will become policy. Any vote that receives a majority at meeting, but not a simple
majority of the membership will go for an online vote. The online vote is yes, no, or
abstain to that final proposed resolution; no further amendments shall be allowed.
d. Only those members who have been members for at least one month shall be eligible
e. A majority of MORE members at a general meeting or the steering committee may
decide to put any major decision, policy, endorsement, or resolution online for every
MORE member to vote on.
f. If before a general meeting, any member is of the opinion that a resolution, proposal,
or policy change should go to an online vote, they can propose this to the steering
committee. Discussion, debate, and amendment process will still take place at general
g. Any amendment(s) to MORE bylaws or points of unity (mission statement)
must be discussed at an appropriate venue and decided via online vote by all
members. It must be ratified by 2/3 vote of the membership
h. The rules contained in the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised
shall govern MORE in all cases in which the bylaws do not.
Article V-Steering Elections and Procedures:
a. Nominees shall be currently employed by and working within the DOE, dues paying
members of the UFT and MORE, and must intend to remain so during their potential
term. One position may be a UFT retiree. Steering committee may include members
that are on temporary leave, who by the end of their term have been on leave for one
year or less.
b. Elections will be held three weeks prior to the end of a term. It will be held online (ie.
ballotbin). Only MORE members may vote.
c. The nine members with the most votes shall be elected as the steering committee. No
limited voting systems, such as slates, will be permitted. In the case of a tie, those
members shall be seated as members of the steering committee
d. Steering committee shall be a six month term. A steering committee member may only
serve two consecutive terms, but may run again after having not served for one term.
e. A quorum will be defined as six, in cases where member(s) have vacated their
position, or there are more than nine members, a quorum is defined as half the
number of steering members plus one.
f. Decisions will be made by majority.
g. In cases where a steering member has vacated their position, the current steering
committee may decide to hold an election for that seat. Anyone elected will be allowed
to sit for only the remainder of the current term. He/she may run again for a second
consecutive term, but not a third consecutive term.
Article VI-MORE Steering Responsibilities
a. Act as a voting member of an executive committee that makes decisions for MORE
that may be reviewed and overturned by membership
b. Maintain caucus goals.
c. Recruit new members for the caucus.
d. Set agendas for steering meetings.
e. Be point persons for various tasks, committees, campaigns and projects MORE
f. Will represent the ideals of MORE on forums, at union meetings, and within their
g. Distribute MORE literature within their chapters.
h. Organize and mobilize within their chapters and local communities.
Article VII-MORE Steering Time Commitment
a. At least two steering meetings per month (one phone conference and one in person
b. Respond to emails on steering list
c. Vote on proposals
d. During union elections and contract campaigns steering may meet more frequently.
e. Attend the monthly general meetings, local meetings, special events and/or forums,