Protecting our rights in a contractual never-never land

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”

Victory on December 23rd!

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!”

Candidate Statement: Jia Lee, MORE nominee for Vice President of Special Education

I have been a proud NYC special education teacher since 2002. At the same time, I have to admit that we face untenable conditions. Currently, there are systemic shortages of time, resources, and staffing. Many of my colleagues and our students with special needs feel that they are not being heard or respected. We, theContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Jia Lee, MORE nominee for Vice President of Special Education”

Candidate Statement: John Antush, MORE nominee for Vice President of High Schools

I’m proud to be a UFT member, but we should not sit back and depend on top UFT officials or Mayor De Blasio to resolve problems that affect us as educators. As UFT rank-and-file members, and as working people, we have to organize from the bottom-up for the conditions that would make safe, culturally-relevant, meaningfulContinue reading “Candidate Statement: John Antush, MORE nominee for Vice President of High Schools”

Candidate Statement: Aixa Rodriguez, MORE nominee for Vice President for Education-At-Large

My name is Aixa Rodriguez. I am an ESL teacher and I am running on the MORE-UFT slate for Vice President for Education-At-Large. I’m running in the 2019 UFT elections because MORE has the values and the work ethic that most closely match mine. When I heard who was running on the MORE-UFT slate, IContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Aixa Rodriguez, MORE nominee for Vice President for Education-At-Large”

Candidate Statement: Dermott Myrie, MORE nominee for UFT President

There is a disconnect between UFT leadership and rank and file membership. As a result, there is a void and that void has to be filled at a time when unions and labor movements are being attacked and destroyed by unfriendly forces: right wingers, ed deformers, and many of the 1% who have accumulated mostContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Dermott Myrie, MORE nominee for UFT President”

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”

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”

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”