Candidate Statement: Peter Lamphere, MORE nominee for Assistant Treasurer of the UFT

I’m running in the elections because the #RedForEd rebellions that have swept the nation have shown that educators who organize a strong network of rank and file union members can win impressive changes in their unions and school districts. The fightback in Washington State, LA, Oakland,  West Virginia and Arizona have inspired me to build thatContinue reading “Candidate Statement: Peter Lamphere, MORE nominee for Assistant Treasurer of the UFT”

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!”

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions Why does the UFT have elections? Federal labor law requires union elections- LMRDA Title IV: “Every local labor organization shall elect its officers not less often than once every three years.” UFT is required to adhere to federal labor law. Why should I vote? The UFT needs an active membershipContinue reading “UFT Elections Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)”

Collaboration and the UFT/DOE Bronx Plan: An Inside Perspective

The UFT/DOE Bronx Plan is a step in the right direction, but it is not the whole story. Genuine collaboration between chapter leaders and administrators, not just the appearance of it, will be key to creating schools New York’s students, parents, and teachers deserve.

What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It

Why does the UFT leadership negotiate contracts that don’t respond to our or our students’ needs? The explanation most often given by the opposition in the UFT has been: the UFT leadership is out of touch, they’ve been out of the classroom too long, so they make the wrong demands, and are willing to acceptContinue reading “What’s Wrong with UFT Contract Strategy and How to Fix It”

What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?

Throughout the entire rushed process of ratifying this contract deal, the UFT leadership has insisted that there are no givebacks and that the process is transparent and open. However, the contract MOA clearly states that the raises are contingent on the union’s acceptance of an agreement between the city and the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC),Continue reading “What, Exactly, are the Healthcare Givebacks in our New Contract Deal?”

What Happens if We Vote it Down?

“What happens if we vote it down?” “What will happen if we don’t approve the contract?” People ask and want to know the answer.  Whatever happens, experience says it won’t be the “doom and gloom” scenario that UFT leaders threaten it will be. In fall, 1995, UFT leaders unveiled a tentative agreement with no raisesContinue reading “What Happens if We Vote it Down?”