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.

We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.

[UPDATE: Want to file a group CAR grievance at your school? See our toolkit here.] We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days. On Sunday March 15, Mayor De Blasio, facing declining student and teacher attendance over the previous week, as well as calls for a mass sickout among educators forContinue reading “We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.”

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?”

Fighting for the Schools New Yorkers Deserve

We should be organizing members and parents at the school, district, borough, and citywide level to demonstrate to elected officials that we have many concerns that have lone gone unmet – overcrowded classrooms, deteriorating school conditions, the disappearance of educators of color, and punitive discipline programs just to name a few.

Why I’m Voting No- from a Young, Untenured Teacher

Each of the proposed contract changes sells out new teachers. First, and most obviously, the new two-tired healthcare system.  Obviously, any two-tired system flies in the face of solidarity.  It began with the pension, is now leaking into healthcare, what’s next?  Differing salary schedules based on start date? It’s deplorable that we could do theContinue reading “Why I’m Voting No- from a Young, Untenured Teacher”

Vote “NO” on the UFT Contract!

On Oct. 12th  after school, all UFT delegates & chapter leaders were summoned to an emergency delegate assembly to vote on whether or not to endorse the contract they negotiated for us (click here to learn more about how a UFT contract is negotiated and voted on). As we have for every contract in theContinue reading “Vote “NO” on the UFT Contract!”

Class Size is a Class Issue: school inequality, class size, and the next UFT contract

by Andrew Worthington, UFT Chapter Leader at M298 Pace High School   It has been 50 years since the United Federation of Teachers, representing New York City’s teachers, has had a contract that included reduced class sizes. Since then, there has been a plethora of research conducted that shows the positive impacts of class sizeContinue reading “Class Size is a Class Issue: school inequality, class size, and the next UFT contract”

Is Danielson Making You Sick?

by Alexandra Alves, Chapter Leader, PS 2M [To speak up about evaluation demands in our upcoming contract, please join MORE at our contract forum on Wednesday, March 14th, 4:30-6:30pm @ CUNY Graduate Center. RSVP / Details here] Do you dread the Danielson based drive-by observation and the inevitable feedback session and rating, which happens not onlyContinue reading “Is Danielson Making You Sick?”

Life Under The New UFT Contract

Our 2nd event of the 2014 Summer Series on Wednesday 7/30 features a discussion on the new contract. More information below and here. A preview of the contract and our discussion by John Elfrank-Dana, Chapter Leader of Murray Bergtraum High School:   After alerting the UFT that my principal failed to invite me to thisContinue reading “Life Under The New UFT Contract”

Summer Series: Discuss, Debate, Educate!

MORE’s 3rd Annual Summer Series: Discuss, Debate, Educate! Join the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) for discussions exploring the past, present and future of teacher unionism.  All are welcome! Wednesdays 4:00pm-7:00pm The Dark Horse 17 Murray St. NYC Near City Hall, Chambers St, WTC $5 Drafts & Well Drinks July 16th Who Runs the UFT?Continue reading “Summer Series: Discuss, Debate, Educate!”