We had a wonderful time on Sunday night along with I'm told 230 UFTers to pep everyone for the contract teach-ins on Monday. People from MORE, ICEUFT, New Action and even the ruling Unity Caucus were on the Zoom panel, including of course Ibeth Mejia (Chapter Leader Aviation HS) and me representing the Independent Community of Educators.
The video on YouTube from Educators of NYC:
City and State covered the Teach-ins.
Heard around town
By Sahalie Donaldson
Teachers at hundreds of New York City public schools laid the groundwork for a contract bargaining process with a series of “teach-ins” across the city today. Members of the United Federation of Teachers gathered before and after school and during their lunch breaks to chart their priorities, make signs and bring attention to educators' plight. Educators came to school wearing the union’s trademark blue. Someone brought a cake with the words “fair contract now” to an East Village elementary school. It was an expansive effort – underscoring the union’s attitude amid the first time that public school teachers will negotiate raises and benefits since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People at this moment are paying attention to the world around them and we see a lot of workers in motion,” said Amy Arundell, UFT borough representative for Queens and an organizer for Monday’s teach-ins. “People are saying I want to be in motion too, I want to participate in my own survival as a worker and as an educator and make things better for myself and for my students.”
UFT leaders began the bargaining process with the city in October, although neither has submitted their list of demands yet. The vast majority of the city’s 300,000 employees, including teachers, are working under an expired collective bargaining agreement.
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