Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice

The UFT needs to negotiate a remote start to the school year now (or two months ago) Over the past week, members at dozens of schools with positive COVID-19 cases have been in confusion around the protocols for closing schools and having members work remotely. This is eerily reminiscent of the city’s failure to listenContinue reading “Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice”

MORE Statement on UFT August 19 Press Conference

MORE Statement on UFT August 19 Press Conference  We welcome UFT President Mulgrew’s stated—though delayed—consideration of using job actions to prevent an unsafe and underfunded reopening of schools. We appreciate that he echoed many of the demands we have been articulating since May and are proud that our advocacy helped push UFT leadership to takeContinue reading “MORE Statement on UFT August 19 Press Conference”

The UFT should be leading the fight to stop an unsafe reopening of schools

What will it take to stop an unsafe reopening? Members of the United Federation of Teachers have the power to prevent an unsafe reopening. We showed that earlier this year. As the pandemic swept New York in March 2020 thousands of city teachers ignored UFT leaders’ warnings and began to call in sick and studentContinue reading “The UFT should be leading the fight to stop an unsafe reopening of schools”

STOP TEACHER FIRINGS AT HUDSON HS: Racist Admin Rehired by DOE is Abusive Again During Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 9, 2020 STOP TEACHER TERMINATIONS AT HUDSON HIGH SCHOOL FOR LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES: Racist Administrator Rehired by DOE is Abusive Again During Pandemic press contact: media@morecaucusnyc.org NEW YORK, NEW YORK: As the semester ended on June 27, three teachers at Hudson High School for Learning Technologies were given discontinuance letters, effectively endingContinue reading “STOP TEACHER FIRINGS AT HUDSON HS: Racist Admin Rehired by DOE is Abusive Again During Pandemic”

UFT Chapter of Hudson High School of Learning Technologies: Letter on Recent Teacher Terminations by Abusive and Biased Bosses

Good morning, This letter is being sent on behalf of the staff and faculty of Hudson High School of Learning Technologies to formally state our complaints and struggles this past school year, as well as the resolution that we seek.  On Friday, June 26, Eric Maillet, UFT Chapter Leader, sent an email to Superintendent OrlenContinue reading “UFT Chapter of Hudson High School of Learning Technologies: Letter on Recent Teacher Terminations by Abusive and Biased Bosses”

Members file improper practice charge vs. UFT for lack of representation during pandemic

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.

Bias Against Black Teachers in the DOE

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”

The UFT Won’t File Grievances

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

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”

Is the contract suspended?

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?”