Arguably the best UFT blogger out there is Reality Based Educator. We have all taken a step backwards because RBE stopped blogging last year. Whenever RBE comments here or emails something, I read it and take it very seriously.
In response to Friday's post showing that an Independent Budget Office analysis of the recent UFT Paid Parental Leave agreement concluded that both the city and UFT Welfare Fund will profit from the deal at our expense, RBE commented:
RBE Sunday, August 19, 2018 8:05:00 AM
UFT leadership yucks it up daily as they stick it to us time and time again, sell us out over and over, lie to us, cheat us and tell us the shit they concede to scrapes the skies.
Until leadership is starved of the goody money and/or has to compete for dues-paying members, this will continue.
I do not see either of those happening any time soon, but that will be the only way we will ever see changes to how UFT leadership operates (i.e., as an ancillary entity to the city, in cahoots with the NYCDOE, to enrich themselves via power, perks and privileges and screw members.)
These are very powerful words from a very reasonable and informed UFT member.
I sadly agree with him that the UFT is an ancillary entity to the city out for themselves for the most part. The answer, however, is not to have everyone out of a union. We need a real union now more than ever.
The problem is UFT can go on like this because we the membership allows it. Please spread the word about how we can get together and change things.
ICEUFT is scheduled to meet on August 30. Why not show up some of you? Together, we might make a difference.