For those of you who are interested in changing the UFT, all of us will have our opportunity in 2016 as it is a UFT election year. All of the citywide offices including President will be voted on in the spring.
The Chief Leader civil service weekly newspaper put in a full piece on the 2016 UFT election in the October 9 issue. I was interviewed for the MORE-New Action joint slate which will challenge Michael Mulgrew and his Unity Caucus. Unity is the political party that has controlled the UFT since the 1960s. Unity requires its members to be completely loyal to the leadership on every major issue or risk expulsion from the caucus and exile from the union gravy train that includes union paid trips to AFT/NYSUT conventions, after school union jobs and for the lucky few full time union positions.
If you want to change our union back into an organization that truly advocates for its members and public schools, now is the time to step forward and get involved to spread the word that there is a viable alternative to Michael Mulgrew and Unity.
I am personally looking forward to the upcoming election as the torch continues to be passed to a new generation of younger union activists. Veterans like me still have a valuable role to play but I will not be the candidate for President. An announcement on who will be the MORE-New Action challenger to Mulgrew will be coming this month. I will hopefully be nominated to run for some position and will keep working to transform the UFT back into a real trade union.