These workers have been without a contract since 2012.
From the Chief Leader (Most of the article is behind a pay wall.):
|Since our October 5 post came out on what it would take to fix the UFT internally or for the high school division to oust the UFT and start a new union, we have received some inquiries and several commitments to help with fragmenting the high schools into a separate bargaining unit but not enough to make anyone at the UFT sweat.|
Our main point in writing the October 5 post was to say that bolting from the UFT and starting over or fixing it from within would both require massive undertakings. If teachers in much larger numbers than are currently involved, are willing to become active, we can make a difference. If, however, folks have given up on the prospect of a real union, then conditions in the schools will continue to deteriorate. It's too late to just blame Michael Mulgrew for that.
Union power comes from a rank and file willing to do whatever it takes to improve working conditions, not from a leader. Leaders can only help move the center of gravity in the right direction. Our colleagues need to be persuaded that it is in their interest to become involved in a militant, activist union.
As my colleague now retired Chapter Leader from Bryant High School Sam Lazarus repeatedly says:
"The two problems with the UFT are the leadership and the membership."
We can't solve the leadership problem without first activating the membership. It is up to all of you and make no mistake about it, nothing will be easy.