Eroding public worker health benefits: Teachers and others must fight to protect what they have earned

By PETER LAMPHERE  and DERMOTT MYRIE Most New Yorkers — even public employees — do not follow the ins and outs of health care negotiations between the city and its many public sector unions. So even the most attentive among us can be forgiven for missing the announcement of over a billion dollars of health care give-backs byContinue reading “Eroding public worker health benefits: Teachers and others must fight to protect what they have earned”

Janus, The UFT, and the KT Extinction

In 2014, UFT leadership watched the Friedrichs case come at them (and all of us) like dinosaurs watching the extinction-causing comet hurtling towards earth.  They stared slack-jawed, and did nothing outside of introducing a hashtag or two and a tepid social media campaign. That extinction-level event was dodged (through no effort of their own), and,Continue reading “Janus, The UFT, and the KT Extinction”

Congratulations to Mindy Rosier on her #PublicSchoolProud award

To our own Mindy Rosier: We  appreciate your work as an unrelenting  union activist and social justice advocate but also as a member of MORE. Today, the UFT will be recognizing you with a #PublicSchoolProud award – Congratulations and enjoy the celebration at Teacher Union Day! Keep on Keeping on.

Help Distribute MORE’s Newsletter

Please take a look at the latest MORE Newsletter – with reportbacks from your High School reps at the UFT Executive Board, advice for new teachers in your schools, and a letter about teacher diversity… Download, copy and distribute to your schools! If you need copies – please email us at more@morecaucusnyc.org – we have lots!Continue reading “Help Distribute MORE’s Newsletter”

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”

Teacher Evaluation Deal – It’s Political

Looking through the UFT’s guide to the new NYC teacher evaluation system, I find myself wondering how it’s being read by educators coming from schools that vary widely in terms of educator autonomy, pedagogical philosophy and levels of trust between administration and staff. We are being told that our evaluation system will require our fullContinue reading “Teacher Evaluation Deal – It’s Political”

Secrets of a Successful Organizer

RSVP Today! 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,Continue reading “Secrets of a Successful Organizer”

Boycott of Staples Still On! So Why Did the UFT Spend $171,163 at Staples Last Year?

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 atContinue reading “Boycott of Staples Still On! So Why Did the UFT Spend $171,163 at Staples Last Year?”

The Crisis in Our Schools: A Report on Working and Learning Conditions in NYC Public Schools

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 theContinue reading “The Crisis in Our Schools: A Report on Working and Learning Conditions in NYC Public Schools”