Anyone who genuinely wants to improve the UFT is welcome to join me on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM for a UFT Solidarity sponsored Zoom workshop on running for chapter leader or delegate.
The school chapters are the backbone of the Union. If multiple UFTers with integrity and some guts are willing to step up and defend the rights of the UFT members in their schools and also to make UFT policy, then we can take the first steps toward changing the UFT in a positive way.
The UFT Constitution mandates chapter elections for this May or June. Chapter elections are fair and this year will be conducted by phone by the American Arbitration Association. Stand up and get involved. Stop making excuses and expecting the UFT to magically improve. It is up to you to fix the Union and not opt out of it.
If you've ever wondered why school chapter leaders and delegates do not follow the will of the members of their schools but instead just vote the way Michael Mulgrew tells them to vote, it is because they join Mulgrew's political party called Unity Caucus. To join, they sign a Unity Caucus obligation application that binds them to "support the decisions of Caucus / Union leadership in public or Union forums." It is nicknamed the Unity Loyalty Oath.
If your chapter leader or delegate belongs to Mulgrew's caucus, they are not allowed to disagree with the party at Union meetings. The Unity leadership wines and dines new chapter leaders at chapter leader training weekends with offers of free all expense paid trips to NYSUT Representative Assemblies and AFT Conventions and then part time and full time Union jobs. The main qualification to be accepted into Unity is that someone has to sign up to be loyal to Unity, not the members of the chapters that elect them.
UFT Solidarity has asked me to be a presenter at Saturday's workshop. I said yes I would do it. ICE stands for the Independent Community of Educators. I would like to propose our own loyalty oath for chapter leaders and delegates.
●If elected to a UFT position, I pledge to be loyal only to the will of the majority of the members of the UFT Chapter that elected me and to my conscience, not to the decisions of any caucus or whims of school administrators.
If you really want to move the UFT ahead, we need many school chapters to break free of the Unity stranglehold over our chapter leaders and delegates. Change starts with all of you.
Now is your chance!