Janus, The UFT, and the KT Extinction

In 2014, UFT leadership watched the Friedrichs case come at them (and all of us) like dinosaurs watching the extinction-causing comet hurtling towards earth.  They stared slack-jawed, and did nothing outside of introducing a hashtag or two and a tepid social media campaign. That extinction-level event was dodged (through no effort of their own), and, […]

An Open Letter to Michael Mulgrew & UFT Leadership from a Manhattan Chapter

Mr. Jason Agosto UFT Chapter Leader High School of Art and Design Mr. Michael Mulgrew President United Federation of Teachers 52 Broadway New York, NY, 10004 March 29, 2018 Dear President Mulgrew and UFT Leadership, The UFT chapter at the High School of Art and Design has been living under distress and oppression for the […]

What is A Union For? UNITY Caucus and #SaveCPE1

Dan Lupkin UFT Chapter Leader PS 58 – Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn What is a union for? Why do we belong to one? In these times of looming national “Right to Work” laws that are likely to impede or cripple the ability of labor unions to sustain themselves financially, it seems like a relevant question to […]

Teacher Evaluation Deal – It’s Political

Looking through the UFT’s guide to the new NYC teacher evaluation system, I find myself wondering how it’s being read by educators coming from schools that vary widely in terms of educator autonomy, pedagogical philosophy and levels of trust between administration and staff. We are being told that our evaluation system will require our full […]

Chapter Leader Meeting Takeaway

The overarching theme at 52 Broadway on Wednesday was paperwork. There’s a lot of paperwork, too much paperwork, paperwork is the scourge of civilization, and the number one concern of UFT members is paperwork. Principals are evil, among other reasons, because they don’t hand teachers paperwork filled with curriculum, scope and sequence. Mulgrew goes off […]

September 2016 Chapter Leader Meeting–Anything I Say Will Be Blogged in 15 Minutes

Mulgrew lets us know we are crazy for being CLs, and refers to school opening as “smooth.” Says budget is not so bad, and principals are lying if they say it is. Primaries—poor turnout, but hedge funders always back candidates. This time they had a new group with a new name, with the same people […]

The Disturbing Action Alert from Michael Mulgrew

by Jia Lee, Chapter Leader, The Earth School MORE/New Action 2016 Candidate for President of the UFT Here is the disturbing email that all UFT members received on Tuesday, December 1, a day before the Federal HELP Senate Committee was to vote on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), called Every […]