Who Controls the UFT?

By Michael Fiorillo, Teacher, Newcomers HS MORE Steering Committee  To most teachers, often overwhelmed by ever-increasing demands that have little or nothing to do with providing the best education for their students, the UFT seems remote from their daily experience. Beyond welfare fund services, when they think about the Union at all, it is oftenContinue reading “Who Controls the UFT?”

Who Runs The UFT? Why Are There Alternatives?

On Wednesday July 16th 2014 we are hosting a summer series panel and open discussion on the history of groups that have competed for power and influence within the UFT. We will also examine the implications for MORE. More event Information here Below are readings and video lectures from union/UFT historians on the background of theContinue reading “Who Runs The UFT? Why Are There Alternatives?”

Open Letter to Iannuzzi and Mulgrew on NYSUT Elections

IANNUZZI ANSWERS MORE-GOLDSTEIN-DIMINO CALL FOR NYSUT DEBATE; MULGEW IS SILENT Commentary by James Eterno Jamaica High School Chapter Leader/ 2010 ICE/TJC UFT Presidential Candidate   The email below was sent to NYSUT President and Stronger Together leader Dick Iannuzzi, UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Revive NYSUT from several of the candidates running for office inContinue reading “Open Letter to Iannuzzi and Mulgrew on NYSUT Elections”

MORE Challenges Unity In NYSUT Elections

MORE CAUCUS OF UFT TO CHALLENGE CURRENT UFT LEADERSHIP IN STATEWIDE UNION ELECTIONS RANK AND FILE EDUCATORS WILL BRING REAL CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE TO UNION POSITIONS New York – The Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE), the Social Justice Caucus of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), best known for opposing UFT’s President Michael MulgrewContinue reading “MORE Challenges Unity In NYSUT Elections”

Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 2

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein High School In part 1 we explored the ways in which UFT contracts have riveted the attention of union members toward their union and toward their contract. In 1995, for the first time in the union’s history, the membership voted down a contract package that UFT leadersContinue reading “Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 2”

Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 1

By Kit Wainer Chapter Leader, Leon M. Goldstein H.S. In the 25 years I’ve been a UFT activist I’ve lived through many. I’ve learned some lessons from these struggles that I thought might be useful to share as we head into another contract period. From 1993-2012 I was a member of Teachers for a JustContinue reading “Some Lessons of Previous Contract Struggles, Part 1”

January DA Report- Cuomo Endorsement Not Ruled Out

By James Eterno Chapter Leader Jamaica High School Our monthly UFT Delegate Assembly Report   DA REPORT: UNITY DECLINES TO RULE OUT A CUOMO ENDORSEMENT Michael Bloomberg, the anti-public education mayor, has left office after twelve years where he almost destroyed our public schools.  An anti-public education, anti-worker governor of New York State, Andrew Cuomo, is up for reelection laterContinue reading “January DA Report- Cuomo Endorsement Not Ruled Out”

MORE Calls on the UFT Leadership to Follow the Rules

Dictionary definition of debate: To discuss a question by considering opposed arguments. UFT Delegate Assemblies are awash in a sea of undemocratic procedures. One of the most egregious has been the abuse of the rules that govern debate. The leadership and its UNITY Caucus supporters have 100 minutes to present their case plus a 10-minuteContinue reading “MORE Calls on the UFT Leadership to Follow the Rules”

UFT Said Not To Evaluate On Test Scores

Lisa North Teacher/Delegate PS 3 Brooklyn As s member of the  2007 UFT Task Force on Testing, I find it unconscionable that our current UFT leadership has agreed to an evaluation system that uses test scores to evaluate teachers when their own 2007 Task Force  on testing states clearly,”Do not use student test scores toContinue reading “UFT Said Not To Evaluate On Test Scores”

Thompson’s Defeat and The Failure of UFT’s Contract Strategy

By Kit Wainer Teacher/Chapter Leader Leon M. Goldstein High School 2007 TJC/ICE UFT Presidential Candidate The UFT leadership’s strategy for winning us a fair contract crashed and burned on September 10. Although we have been working under an expired contract since October 2009 UFT President Michael Mulgrew has refused to lead us in the kindContinue reading “Thompson’s Defeat and The Failure of UFT’s Contract Strategy”