Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice

The UFT needs to negotiate a remote start to the school year now (or two months ago) Over the past week, members at dozens of schools with positive COVID-19 cases have been in confusion around the protocols for closing schools and having members work remotely. This is eerily reminiscent of the city’s failure to listenContinue reading “Failed DOE-UFT Reopening Deal: Larger Class Sizes, Little COVID-19 Testing, and a Lack of Rank-and-File Voice”

Let’s Be Honest: The Digital Divide for NYC Students Remains Wide and Deep. What Needs to Change?

On April 15th, NYCDOE Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza spoke alongside high level administrators and heavy weights from the education technology (edtech) industry about the move to Remote Learning during this COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar hosted by Tech & Learning was billed like so: “Hear how the NYC DOE launched a remote learning program in theContinue reading “Let’s Be Honest: The Digital Divide for NYC Students Remains Wide and Deep. What Needs to Change?”

DOE New Grading Policy Does Not Remedy Inequity in Remote Learning

The MORE caucus believes that it is inequitable to cumulatively grade academic work for the remainder of this academic year for student’s permanent records. Given the losses and traumas that the coronavirus pandemic has created and exacerbated, especially for our public schools students who are majority low-income and students of color, as well as theContinue reading “DOE New Grading Policy Does Not Remedy Inequity in Remote Learning”

We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.

[UPDATE: Want to file a group CAR grievance at your school? See our toolkit here.] We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days. On Sunday March 15, Mayor De Blasio, facing declining student and teacher attendance over the previous week, as well as calls for a mass sickout among educators forContinue reading “We Worked In Hazardous Conditions. We Worked Remotely. We Want CAR Days.”

Is the contract suspended?

Online Forms for Chapter Leaders File a Step 1 Grievance Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online grievance process is suspended. You are encouraged to attempt informal resolutions in the meantime. If you have any questions, please contact the UFT at 212-331-6311. ******************************* UFT chapter leaders who attempted to defend their members’ rights by filingContinue reading “Is the contract suspended?”

Protecting our rights in a contractual never-never land

By Kit Wainer Retiree, former Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein H.S. What rights do UFT members have when there is no school to which to report and traditional program rules don’t seem to apply? MORE’s committee on working conditions under remote learning met on March 24 to address problems members are facing trying to navigateContinue reading “Protecting our rights in a contractual never-never land”