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, the […]

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, meaningful […]

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, I […]

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 most […]

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 our […]

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 accept […]

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 still […]

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), […]

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 for […]

A Contract for Collaboration with the DOE

The general thrust of this tentative agreement (TA)  is to move from enforcing members’ rights and toward greater collaboration with management. Part of this is the large number of joint UFT – DOE committees it sets up. Two of these joint UFT – DOE committees are being set up to formulate “standards,” which are very […]