We have received questions from chapter leaders about the use of DOE email addresses for election campaigning. The bipartisan election committee wants to remind you that the use of DOE email addresses for union activity, including electioneering, is a violation of the DOE's internet policy.
We have long advised chapter leaders not to use their DOE email addresses to conduct union business. All email correspondence about union activities, including electioneering, should be conducted using non-DOE personal email addresses.
If you receive an email to your DOE email account from one of the caucuses during this election, we recommend, in keeping with the DOE's Internet policy, that you not engage with it.
UFT Election Committee Chair
I accept Amy's interpretation of DOE email policy.
What I don't understand is why email is different from Department of Education letterboxes. The Board of Education ruled in the Baizerman Chancellor's level grievance back in the 1970s, based on a Supreme Court decision, that we do have a right to use teacher letterboxes to distribute material critical of the union. The union has the ability to use the boxes too. We have used that right many times and continue to do so. Why wouldn't that same rule apply to email boxes? Just asking.