At last Friday's meeting of the Independent Community of Educators, ICEUFT was joined by members from New Action UFT and Solidarity caucuses. Since some of the people in ICEUFT are still part of MORE (the Movement of Rank and File Educators, all of the opposition groups to Michael Mulgrew and Randi Weingarten's Unity Caucus within the UFT were represented at the ICEUFT meeting.
There was a spirited discussion that focused on the abysmal working conditions that exist for teachers in NYC schools and for other UFT members too. We talked about what we can do to work to stengthen the union, particularly around the 2019 UFT election. To me, the groups seem to have much more in common in wanting a powerful union than what divides us. The leaders of the various opposition groups might not always agree on the general direction for the movement but I learned at the ICEUFT meeting that there is plenty of common ground.
I am hopeful that in the very near future we will be joined in the struggle to make the UFT the powerful force it once was. We may have our final two opportunities with the 2019 contract ratification vote and the 2019 UFT election to actually change the UFT without destroying it.