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Power on the job is the basic building block of strong unionism, however many of us find ourselves in situations where we face oppressive school administrations, weak union chapters, and co-workers who are either fearful or apathetic or both.  As social justice unionists, its up to us to rebuild union power at at the grassroots, but nobody is a born organizer and the UFT provides very little support to its membership when it comes to training us to do the hard work of organizing.

In partnership with Labor Notes, MORE is sponsoring a series of organizer trainings to help us develop our members’ capacity to do organizing in their schools, strengthen our chapters, and build power on the job.  The workshop will include sessions on:

Confronting Apathy
Identifying Organizing Issues
How to have an Organizing Conversation
Mapping Our Workplace
Turning Issues into Campaigns
How to “Turn Up the Heat”

The workshop is interactive and participatory, and participants will be planning campaigns for their schools.  We will make plans to support each other in doing the work of organizing when we go back to our schools, and continue to meet regionally to reach out to more organizers.

Participants are asked to bring a copy of their school organization sheet and an issue that is currently affecting their staff at their school.  Copies of the New Labor Notes book “Secrets of a Successful Organizer” will also be available for purchase, with the proceeds benefiting MORE.

Secrets of a Successful Organizer
Presented by the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators and Labor Notes
October 15th
1:00-3:30

CUNY Graduate Center Room 5414 (bring ID)

Please RSVP on Facebook and share and distribute the flyers below to anyone you think would be interested.

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The UFT passed a resolution joining an AFL-CIO boycott of Staples to protest the use of nonunion workers to operate new U.S. postal counters in its stores around the country. “It’s important for us to stand in solidarity with the American Postal Workers Union,” Vice President Janella Hinds said in support of the resolution at the June 2014 DA meeting.

Additionally, the AFT (and NEA) had also called for a boycott of Staples in response to requests from the American Postal Workers Union and even led a huge rally at the 2014 AFT Convention.

This boycott is still in effect. A reminder can be found on the UFT website in the section about Teacher Choice Allocations:

Educators are encouraged to take advantage of the many deals on school supplies being offered throughout the city and online. The UFT supports the boycott of Staples, which is taking jobs away from unionized U.S. postal workers as the U.S. Postal Service outsources its work.

So why did our union spent $171,163 with Staples in Fiscal Year 2015 as reported in the UFT’s LM-2 FORM – LABOR ORGANIZATION ANNUAL REPORT for FY 2015?

Was this an oversight? We’d like to know.

 

Every year, large U.S. labor unions must submit form LM-2 to the U.S. Department of Labor, which includes information about salaries, assets etc… This is the current version of the form for the UFT.

Annual UFT Disclosure Form

The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) recently conducted a survey of United Federation of Teachers (UFT) members to find out more about their working conditions and students’ learning conditions. The findings of this survey indicate that the decay of the New York City schools has reached crisis levels under the leadership of the Unity Caucus, the incumbents in the current elections for leadership of the UFT. Change is urgently needed.

http://tiny.cc/MOREsurvey

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Join the Thunderclap! You can think of it as an “online flash mob.” Click the link to take part in a coordinated Get Out the Vote message across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. Fewer than 18% of working educators voted in the 2013 UFT elections; let’s send a message to our colleagues and to UNITY caucus that NYC educators deserve rank-and-file leadership. It’s time to demand a genuinely member-driven union!

#6: Personal Letter to your Chapter
Write a personal letter to your chapter that you can email, hand-out or put in mailboxes. Why is MORE running? Why should members vote?
Example Letter

#5: Pass Out Election Literature
Make sure you have the latest election literature to put in mailboxes. Contact more@morecaucusnyc.org to arrange a drop-off.

#4: Election Meetings at Your School
Hold an elections meeting in your school. Share information about MORE/New Action and Unity. You can invite members from both caucuses. Election Meeting Flyer

#3: Happy Hour
Host a Happy Hour at your favorite bar. We’ll pay for the first round for everyone. Happy Hour Flyer

#2: Ballot Party
During the week of May 9th:  Members bring in their sealed ballots in exchange you have bagels, coffee,donuts, pizza (whatever works for you and your chapter).  Ballot Party Flyer

#1: MORE/NAC Commitment Cards
Use the Vote MORE cards to have one to one conversations with your colleagues and teacher friends.  Contact more@morecaucusnyc.org
to receive commitment cards.
Questions you can use when talking to people about commitment cards…
1Do you know the UFT elections are coming?
2. Do you know that there are choices beyond current Mulgrew administration?
3. What do you want  to happen to bring joy back into teaching?

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Do what you can to Get Out The Vote!