After schools finally closed in mid-March, United Federation of Teachers members trying to file grievances about the DOEs mishandling of COVID-19 were shocked to find the union telling them their right to grieve was halted indefinitely.
Now, some of these members, including Chapter Leaders at three schools, are filing an improper practice charge against the UFT with the New York State Public Employees Relations Board for violating its duty of fair representation.
by Marian Swerdlow The Chief’s excellent coverage of the case of Principal Minerva Zanca (“DOE Ripped for Backing Principal Accused of Blatant Racial Bias,” 1/31/2020, et. al.) draws back the curtain on a situation unique only insofar as it came to public attention, thanks to Zanca’s explicit and open prejudices, and her sharing her revoltingContinue reading “Bias Against Black Teachers in the DOE”
If Educators Can’t File Grievances, Do We Have a Union Contract? Over the week of March 9, it became increasingly clear that schools needed to close in New York City. Schools were already closed or closing in many states and Greater New York, as the most densely populated metropolitan area in the country, was atContinue reading “The UFT Won’t File Grievances”
NO EXCESSING FOR 2020-21 With the Mayor and Governor proposing steep budget cuts to schools for 2021, MORE calls on the DOE to do everything possible to focus cuts to central offices, not cut funding for schools that will lead to staff layoffs or excessing. While we continue to demand new statewide taxes on theContinue reading “NO EXCESSING FOR 2020-21”
Online Forms for Chapter Leaders File a Step 1 Grievance Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online grievance process is suspended. You are encouraged to attempt informal resolutions in the meantime. If you have any questions, please contact the UFT at 212-331-6311. ******************************* UFT chapter leaders who attempted to defend their members’ rights by filingContinue reading “Is the contract suspended?”
By Kit Wainer Retiree, former Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein H.S. What rights do UFT members have when there is no school to which to report and traditional program rules don’t seem to apply? MORE’s committee on working conditions under remote learning met on March 24 to address problems members are facing trying to navigateContinue reading “Protecting our rights in a contractual never-never land”
We, the members of the MORE-UFT Caucus (Movement of Rank and File Educators), are proud to announce that the Department of Education heard the demands of parents, students and school staff today to make Monday, December 23, 2019 a part of the Winter Vacation. Our online petition collected over 32,700 signatures, and it is clearContinue reading “Victory on December 23rd!”