Chapter Election Nominations This Week

The most critical role in the entire UFT structure is not the UFT president but the UFT chapter leader. Chapter leaders are the building block of the union; They determine if a school’s chapter meets regularly, whether regular consultations with the principal occur to give faculty and staff voice in decisions, and whether members’ contractualContinue reading “Chapter Election Nominations This Week”

A Year After the Teacher Sickout Closed Them, New York City Schools Are Still Not Ready to Reopen

Originally posted by our friends at Labor Notes and Jacobin Andrew Worthington and Peter Allen-Lamphere are high school teachers and chapter leaders (shop stewards). Annie Tan is an elementary school teacher. They are members of the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. During the second week ofContinue reading “A Year After the Teacher Sickout Closed Them, New York City Schools Are Still Not Ready to Reopen”

Advocates for Equity Win Big at the People’s PEP

After over 100 public comments, the People’s PEP proved a successful organizing strategy for a coalition of educational justice groups. The Panel on Educational Policy is one of the only remaining forms of community accountability for public schools under mayoral control of public schools in New York City. With only one parent representative, the panelContinue reading “Advocates for Equity Win Big at the People’s PEP”

Time and Attendance Under COVID19

UFT members have some important rights regarding time and attendance issues according to agreements the UFT has worked out with the city. However, the UFT leadership has negotiated away most members’ ability to enforce these rights. The grievance process is still frozen and the operational complaints process is backlogged. Therefore, we believe that members shouldContinue reading “Time and Attendance Under COVID19”

Fill out our NYC Schools Staff Fall 2020 Survey!

If the UFT and DOE won’t collect information and experiences of NYC educators, then we’ll have to do it! The MORE-UFT Movement of Rank-and-File Educators is collecting information from educators and NYC DOE staff about how NYC schools reopening has been this fall 2020. We plan to share the information gathered in this survey publicly.Continue reading “Fill out our NYC Schools Staff Fall 2020 Survey!”

de Blasio’s Latest School Reopening Plan Is Inequitable and Dangerous

Today, educators, students, and families across New York City found out – yet again over social media – that some NYC public schools would be reopening: 3K, Pre-K, and elementary schools December 7th and schools for District 75 students December 10th. This latest announcement is largely thanks to public pressure from a small, vocal groupContinue reading “de Blasio’s Latest School Reopening Plan Is Inequitable and Dangerous”

Wed. 11/18: Vote YES on the Black Lives Matter at Schools Resolution at the UFT Delegates Assembly

In collaboration with union leadership and educators within the Movement of Rank and File Educators and Black Lives Matter at Schools NYC Group, the following resolution is being presented at the next UFT delegates assembly. Please read, discuss with your chapter and pledge that your chapter leaders and delegates attend and vote YES for thisContinue reading “Wed. 11/18: Vote YES on the Black Lives Matter at Schools Resolution at the UFT Delegates Assembly”