Candidate Statement: Leia Petty, MORE nominee for Assistant Secretary of the UFT

I have been a guidance counselor for ten years. I have always believed in the power and promise of public education, a promise gone unfulfilled for so many. Every student has a right to education but the type of education received depends on whether teachers, students and parents have ownership over their schools. I becameContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Leia Petty, MORE nominee for Assistant Secretary of the UFT”

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”

MORE Stands up against Cuomo / Mulgrew attempt to woo back Amazon

MORE has signed on to the community letter, republished below, in response to Andrew Cuomo’s New York Times advertisement begging Amazon to reconsider its decision about its headquarters.  The ad was, shamefully, signed by our union president, along with a slew of corporate CEOs and only four other union leaders, in yet another example ofContinue reading “MORE Stands up against Cuomo / Mulgrew attempt to woo back Amazon”

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”

Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!

I’m a special education teacher at a Brooklyn high school, so I spend lots of time in meetings: meetings with co-teachers, meetings with parents, IEP meetings, meetings with paraprofessionals and speech therapists, department meetings, meetings with guidance counselors and social workers. I spend my lunch periods meeting with 12th graders to help them with theirContinue reading “Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!”

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions Why does the UFT have elections? Federal labor law requires union elections- LMRDA Title IV: “Every local labor organization shall elect its officers not less often than once every three years.” UFT is required to adhere to federal labor law. Why should I vote? The UFT needs an active membershipContinue reading “UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)”

Collaboration and the UFT/DOE Bronx Plan: An Inside Perspective

The UFT/DOE Bronx Plan is a step in the right direction, but it is not the whole story. Genuine collaboration between chapter leaders and administrators, not just the appearance of it, will be key to creating schools New York’s students, parents, and teachers deserve.

Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity with LA Educators

Unless the LAUSD gives in to key demands of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, the 2nd largest school district in the country, with 40,000 educators will be on strike starting Monday, January 14th.   The strike will shut down public schools affecting 480,000 students. The teacher’s demands include higher pay, smaller classes, more supportContinue reading “Wear #RedForEd in Solidarity with LA Educators”