The Schools That UFT Members and NYC Students Deserve

We need change in the UFT, and we need it now! #VoteMORE2019 for a member driven union when the UFT election ballots go out in the mail on March 25th. United, we can achieve our vision! http://morecaucusnyc.org http://tiny.cc/joinmore

Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!

I’m a special education teacher at a Brooklyn high school, so I spend lots of time in meetings: meetings with co-teachers, meetings with parents, IEP meetings, meetings with paraprofessionals and speech therapists, department meetings, meetings with guidance counselors and social workers. I spend my lunch periods meeting with 12th graders to help them with theirContinue reading “Our Students, Our Schools, and Our City Deserve MORE!”

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”

Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents Continue to Fail New York’s Children; Parents Demand the Immediate Removal of Commissioner Elia

Parents across the state demand that the Board of Regents act immediately to remove Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. It is time the Board of Regents exercises control over the State Education Department to stop the runaway train of anti-public school “reform” that the commissioner represents. Last week’s 3rd-8th grade ELA testing was an epic–and avoidable–fail forContinue reading “Commissioner Elia and the Board of Regents Continue to Fail New York’s Children; Parents Demand the Immediate Removal of Commissioner Elia”

Urgent Help Needed for This Year’s Opt Out Campaign

Dear NYC Opt Out allies, We signed petitions. Wrote letters. Got on the bus to Albany. All to no avail. Boycott/refusal/opt out—however you phrase it—remains the ONLY tactic that we have to force change so that ALL our children have the enriching, citizen-building public education they deserve. The 2018 NYS ELA test is less than 4Continue reading “Urgent Help Needed for This Year’s Opt Out Campaign”

We Want a Union That Believes Black Lives Matter

During the week of February 5th-9th, in schools across the country, educators are taking part in a National Black Lives Matter Week of Action. The week of action has three central demands: 1) to end zero tolerance discipline policies and implement restorative justice, 2) to hire more Black teachers, and 3) to mandate Black historyContinue reading “We Want a Union That Believes Black Lives Matter”

Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers

The Movement of Rank and File Educators is proud to welcome fellow educators from Oaxaca, Mexico to New York City. The Oaxacan teachers union has been at the center of a broad-based movement for educational and social justice in Mexico.  Last year Oaxaca was the center of violent clashes and police repression as teachers mobilizedContinue reading “Solidarity with Oaxaca’s Teachers”

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 toContinue reading “What is A Union For? UNITY Caucus and #SaveCPE1”

MORE-UFT Stands With Our Low-Wage Brothers and Sisters: Pass the SWEAT Bill Now!

MORE-UFT stands in support of A628/S579, a bill to help workers collect stolen wages. As educators and school workers in the New York City public school system, we see the devastating impact that long hours and low wages have on our students’ families and their lives. When parents have to work long hours for lowContinue reading “MORE-UFT Stands With Our Low-Wage Brothers and Sisters: Pass the SWEAT Bill Now!”