The March 19 Delegate Assembly was highlighted by MORE's Kit Wainer speaking in favor of a MORE sponsored resolution for the UFT to escalate their defense of Chapter Leaders and others who speak out against abusive administrators. Although the motion failed, it received strong support from the Delegates
The resolution is printed here in its entirety:
Whereas, educators are fearful of reporting detrimental working and learnings conditions established by principals who work in a dictatorial manner; and
Whereas, our contract provides due process for all UFT members; and
Whereas, whistleblowers such as Francesco Portelos have been removed from schools and now falsely arrested and imprisoned for reporting abusive conditions and expressing their free speech rights; be it therefore
Resolved, that after careful consideration, the UFT will publish a list of DOE’s most abusive administrators in its newspaper, website, social media, and in a press release; and be it further
Resolved, that the UFT will escalate its defense of educators who speak out on behalf of their colleagues and students; and be it further
Resolved, that the defense of UFT members, particularly chapter leaders, who speak truth to power will include, but not be limited to, a full mobilization of our membership for protests and rallies with educators, parents, students, and concerned community members to expose despicable administrators; and be it further
Resolved, that UFT will demand the immediate removal of all administrators that are found as being abusive
“When UFT members are under attack, we must stand up and fight back!”
In motivating this resolution for placement on next month's agenda, Kit told the Delegates there are many abusive principals and assistant principals out there and some have real personality defects. He added how some are outright anti-union and are using the disciplinary process as an intimidation tactic.
Kit then pointed out how our union provides good legal representation but this is for individuals. We now need to raise the stakes against these supervisors by taking collective action in picketing or engaging in other public actions as a union!
UFT Secretary Emil Pietromonaco spoke against MORE's motion. His main argument was to say he understands the intent of the resolution but we already rigorously defend our chapter leaders and take action so there is no need for a further resolution.
The vote followed and although MORE did not win a majority, the minority is growing. I would say close to 40% of the vote was in favor of the motion.
President Michael Mulgrew then tried to comment but was stopped dead in his tracks by MORE's Megan Moskop who shouted for a Point of Order and didn't wait for a microphone to tell Mulgrew he was speaking out against a resolution that had already been voted on. Mulgrew tried to continue but Megan wouldn't have it so Mulgrew moved on and closed the new motion period.
I'll put the remainder of the DA Report up in a later post, including my shouting match with Mulgrew over Mulgrew once again saying he doesn't need to call on any opposition speakers in debate.