Monday, March 24, 2014

IANNUZZI ANSWERS MORE-GOLDSTEIN-DIMINO CALL FOR NYSUT DEBATE; MULGEW IS SILENT

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 in the first ever contested NYSUT election.  We are asking for a debate or some kind of open forum in New York City before the April 5 election.  As you can see, President Iannuzzi has responded.  We are still waiting to hear back from President Mulgrew.

I never received an answer when I asked for a presidential candidate forum before the UFT election in 2010. MORE caucus didn't get a reply when we requested a debate between Mulgrew and MORE's Julie Cavanagh before the 2013 UFT election. Would anyone be surprised if we don't hear back from our UFT President now? 

Yes, we understand President Mulgrew is a very busy person but when something as important as the leadership of our city or state union is at stake, don't you think we at least deserve a response?

The lack of a reply now is especially baffling since there have been numerous candidate forums all over NYS the last few weeks ahead of the NYSUT election.  I reported on one such forum that took place on Long Island a couple of weeks back.

Why is Mulgrew, and the NYC Unity Caucus he leads, so afraid of open discussion? Perhaps the fact that members of his caucus are obligated to support caucus positions in public and union forums means the leadership does not feel the need to discuss anything. I have protested repeatedly about President Mulgrew stifling dissent at UFT Delegate Assemblies.

We can only hope Norm Scott is right and some of the NYC Unity people are willing to open up their minds and vote their conscience.

Our letter to Iannuzzi, President Mulgrew, Stronger Together and Revive NYSUT:

Dear Brothers Iannuzzi and Mulgrew,

We are NYSUT members, teachers, UFT Chapter Leaders and Delegates, and many of us are members of the MORE caucus (Movement of Rank and File Educators) in the UFT which received over 5,000 votes in our first run for local office in 2013. Our caucus received over 40% from high school teachers. We are running to represent New York City educators from the UFT as NYSUT Board of Directors and Executive VP.
 
We write to you today concerned that districts all over our state are holding forums with candidates from their respective districts and those running for officer positions.
 
In the spirit of democracy and transparency we are requesting a forum at a neutral Manhattan location open to all UFT and NYSUT members, including NYSUT delegates from the UFT and the media. We believe the members of Stronger Together, Revive, and our independent slate of eight members ought to be able to express our vision for state union leadership to our members.

We look forward to hearing your response as soon as possible and working together to plan this event!

Best regards,
 
Julie Cavanagh


Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader P.S.15
 



Lauren Cohen
Teacher/UFT Delegate P.S. 321




Beth Dimino
Teacher/President of Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association




James Eterno
Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader Jamaica High School




Arthur Goldstein
Teacher/ UFT Chapter Leader Francis Lewis High School




Jia Lee
Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader The Earth School
 
 

 
Francesco Portelos
Teacher/UFT Chapter Leader I.S.49
 
 

Mike Schirtzer
Teacher/UFT Delegate Leon M. Goldstein High School


The response from President Iannuzzi:

Dear MORE Caucus Candidates and others:
 
Thank you for reaching out with your concerns and proposal.

NYSUT is committed to running a transparent and open election in accordance with the law and is willing to collaborate in any way that would provide opportunity for the voices of all statewide candidates to be heard consistent with not violating the law. As the head of the Stronger Together slate, I can assure you that this is our position as well.
 
I am forwarding your email to NYSUT's General Counsel and Elections Committee for their input. I am asking Counsel to communicate directly with you and to copy me with their response.
 
In solidarity,
 
Dick Iannuzzi
 
 
President Mulgrew's Response:
 
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

There will be no comment until legal limits allow.... Just before THE speaking engagement, ...."this is fairy dust"............ 'We were working, and didn't get the message, will get back to you after the 5th

Anonymous said...

Maybe MacDonalds...
McDonalds mikdonnells
The place that has Big Macs and fries and shakes
Maybe I just need a real teacher?

Raving Lunatic said...

Who is this Mulgew character?

Mr. Portelos said...

Let's reach out to the candidates themselves... find a school and do it ourselves.

Anonymous said...

Hey Raving Lunatic- Did you get your orders on how to vote on Saturday? Which bar will you be drinking in? I'd like to get together and have a few shots and toast the Unity caucus.