MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly: Dissent in the DA

MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly Last night’s Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers interrupted politics as usual in NYC. Rank and file delegates voted down UFT leaders recommendations for candidates for City Comptroller, Manhattan District Attorney, Brooklyn borough president, and 2 other offices, in a rare rebuke to UFTContinue reading “MORE-UFT Statement on the April 14 UFT Delegate Assembly: Dissent in the DA”

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!”

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”

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”

An Open Letter to Michael Mulgrew & UFT Leadership from a Manhattan Chapter

Mr. Jason Agosto UFT Chapter Leader High School of Art and Design Mr. Michael Mulgrew President United Federation of Teachers 52 Broadway New York, NY, 10004 March 29, 2018 Dear President Mulgrew and UFT Leadership, The UFT chapter at the High School of Art and Design has been living under distress and oppression for theContinue reading “An Open Letter to Michael Mulgrew & UFT Leadership from a Manhattan Chapter”

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”

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”