New Contract: Retro Delayed = Retro Denied

NEW UFT CONTRACT: RETRO DELAYED = RETRO DENIED WHILE ABSENT TEACHER RESERVES HAVE TENURE WEAKENED By James Eterno Four members of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) sat through a propaganda love fest this afternoon as UFT Chief Financial Officer Dave Hickey, Staff Director Leroy Barr and then President Michael Mulgrew explained our new contract toContinue reading “New Contract: Retro Delayed = Retro Denied”

The MORE FOUR: Our Democratically Determined Contract Demands

-This list of the main improvements we would like to see in the 2014 NYC teachers’ contract was developed based on democratic discussion and a vote at the 1/18/2014 meeting of the Movement of Rank and File Educators. Join us to continue the discussion! 1. Improved Learning and Working Conditions: Our schools should have lower class sizes,Continue reading “The MORE FOUR: Our Democratically Determined Contract Demands”

City Workers From Across Unions Met and Mobilized Around Campaign for Fair Pay

NEW YORK: Over 75 rank and file union members gathered on Thursday (3/7/2014) night to mobilize against Those rank and file workers have already garnered over 1,000 signatures on a letter demanding that union leaders prioritize retroactive pay.  Furthermore, they urge Mayor de Blasio to stay true to his campaign promise of “ending the taleContinue reading “City Workers From Across Unions Met and Mobilized Around Campaign for Fair Pay”

UFT DA Report 2/5/14

By James Eterno Teacher/Chapter leader: Jamaica High School Our monthly report from the UFT Delegate Assembly BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT HIGHLIGHTS FEBRUARY DA There were only two resolutions at the February UFT Delegate Assembly meeting and they both passed unanimously.  The first was to endorse Tom Brown for election as a Teacher-Member of the Teachers’ Retirment BoardContinue reading “UFT DA Report 2/5/14”

The Contract NYC Educators Deserve

This is our list of demands that the UFT ought to be mobilizing the rank and file to fight for: Please find the flier for distribution here and an explanation of the process for ratifying a new contract here Improve Our Students’ Learning Conditions: Funding must be made available for Creative Arts (Music, Art, Drama,Continue reading “The Contract NYC Educators Deserve”

Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 2

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein High School In part 1 we explored the ways in which UFT contracts have riveted the attention of union members toward their union and toward their contract. In 1995, for the first time in the union’s history, the membership voted down a contract package that UFT leadersContinue reading “Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 2”

Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 1

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein H.S. In the 25 years I’ve been a UFT activist I’ve lived through many. I’ve learned some lessons from these struggles that I thought might be useful to share as we head into another contract period. From 1993-2012 I was a member of Teachers for a JustContinue reading “Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 1”

MORE on SchoolBook: Cut Waste at NYC DOE Before Negotiating Teachers Contract

MORE Member Harry Lirtzman, former high school special education math teacher and former deputy state comptroller, speaks out about the bloated and wasteful DOE budget on Schoolbook.org, in a followup to his piece for MORE on the UFT contract negotiations. Check it out here: http://www.wnyc.org/story/opinion-cut-waste-coming-table-over-teachers-contract/

For Our Children’s Sake: Treat OTs and PTs Fairly

Sign the Petition! Occupational and physical therapists are an unseen part of New York City’s education community. But without OTs and PTs, thousands of the city’s promising – yet disabled – students would fall through the cracks. That’s why we’re alarmed that these therapists continue to be valued less than their equally critical peers: theContinue reading “For Our Children’s Sake: Treat OTs and PTs Fairly”