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 Board […]

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, […]

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 leaders […]

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 Just […]

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: the […]

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. […]

General Meeting Sat. 1/18

Saturday, January 18th 2014 12:00-3:00pm  Facebook link here If want to know more about how Movement of Rank and File Educators is mobilizing: FOR a fair contract and a genuine voice for working educators within the UFT AGAINST the deliberate undermining of public education and over-testing of our students, then this is your meeting. Open meeting-all are […]

Demand Full Retroactive Pay!

For most of the past five years, the city of New York’s workforce has been losing ground. Starting in 2009, Mayor Bloomberg refused to negotiate new contracts for all city workers, effectively establishing a wage freeze while the cost of living in NYC continues to rise. Just over a year ago, city workers brought this city back from Super-storm Sandy. We keep […]