UFT CONTRACT: NOT A DONE DEAL UNTIL THE MEMBERSHIP VOTES
NYC Public School Educators to UFT Leaders: “Go Back to the Bargaining Table!”
MORE – A UFT Caucus — Calls for Educators to Vote No
Launches grassroots campaign for “Contract NYC Educators Deserve”
WHEN: Wednesday, May 7 2014, approximately 6:15pm (After UFT Delegate Assembly)
WHERE: SW Corner of 6th Ave and 54th St, in front of Hilton (1335 Ave of Americas, NYC)
WHAT: MORE-UFT (Movement of Rank and File Educators) calls for UFT members to vote “no” on the leadership’s contract proposal. The bargain under consideration:
Spreads what UFT leaders call an “18% raise” over nine years. This amounts to a 2% raise per year – the approximate rate of inflation.
Ratifies a teacher evaluation system based on the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers, despite a growing movement against over-testing, including parents who are opting children out of the tests.
Does not address pay disparities, such as the salary cap for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists and low starting salaries for teachers.
Ignores members’ calls for stronger checks against abusive administrators.
Divides teachers with extra “merit pay” for those picked by administrators.
Undermines due process protections for teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve.
MORE calls for a grassroots negotiation process driven by members’ participation. Teachers and Educators across the city generated MORE’s, “The Contract NYC’s Educators Deserve.”
WHO: MORE, the Social Justice Caucus in the UFT that organizes for a democratic, active union, based on the motto “Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions!” In 2013 MORE co-organized the “More than a Score: Talking Back to Testing Forum” with parents in Change the Stakes and the “Fair Pay for City Workers Forum” with rmembers of over a dozen unions. MORE ran candidates in the New York State Teacher’s Union (NYSUT) elections in April (NYSUT RA 2014 Speech from MORE).