In Support of Tenure

The attacks on tenure today have nothing to do with improving teaching and learning. They are designed to undermine teachers’ unions with the goal of silencing educators’ voices.  We firmly believe that in order for public education to succeed, teachers must have tenure, a protection that allows educators to stand with parents, for children.  Continue reading “In Support of Tenure”

The New MORE Steering Committee Nominees

Congratulations for those who have accepted nominations for the new MORE Steering Committee which takes office for a 6 month term starting on August 1.    The current steering committee has proposed, that rather than having an election to choose 9 out of these 11 (or 10?) qualified candidates, that we simply accept all ofContinue reading “The New MORE Steering Committee Nominees”

Who Runs The UFT? Why Are There Alternatives?

On Wednesday July 16th 2014 we are hosting a summer series panel and open discussion on the history of groups that have competed for power and influence within the UFT. We will also examine the implications for MORE. More event Information here Below are readings and video lectures from union/UFT historians on the background of theContinue reading “Who Runs The UFT? Why Are There Alternatives?”

Disappointment

For the first time in almost five years, UFT members finally have a contract. But almost one quarter of the membership (23%) voted against the deal. Most of the members with whom we spoke who approved this contract only did so because they felt it was the best our union could do. We disagree, this contract doesContinue reading “Disappointment”

THIS Is Our Moment!

Dan Lupkin Special Education Teacher/UFT Delegate PS 58, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn MORE is the bellwether, the authentic voice of working educators in NYC. This is Our Moment! We are on the right side of history, several steps ahead, waiting for politicians and union leadership to catch up. Current events bear this out; after the excessesContinue reading “THIS Is Our Moment!”

AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart

by Jia Lee for MORE UFT Chapter Leader of The Earth school Recently, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, surprised many a disillusioned public school teacher with her new mantra: “Vam is a Sham”. This is a major shift from her previous agreement and collaboration with Race to the Top policy enforcers.Continue reading “AFT’s Welcome Change of Heart”

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 keepContinue reading “Demand Full Retroactive Pay!”