The City Budget and Labor Contract Negotiations

by Harris Lirtzman, former deputy New York State comptroller from 2003 to 2007 and also a New York City special education teacher who was fired for blowing the whistle in 2011. Few people attempt to explore the intricacies of the City’s budget and the operations of the Department of Education.  Fewer people return to tell the story. […]

Open Letter to Bill de Blasio

By Mike Schirtzer Teacher/UFT Delegate Leon M. Goldstein High School- Brooklyn, NY Congratulations, Mr. Mayor Elect, no matter one’s politics there is universal agreement that twelve years of rule is enough, it’s time for a new day. I’m sure you have already heard from the so called education experts on how to best “fix” our […]

Thompson’s Defeat and The Failure of UFT’s Contract Strategy

By Kit Wainer Teacher/Chapter Leader Leon M. Goldstein High School 2007 TJC/ICE UFT Presidential Candidate The UFT leadership’s strategy for winning us a fair contract crashed and burned on September 10. Although we have been working under an expired contract since October 2009 UFT President Michael Mulgrew has refused to lead us in the kind […]