Please play this segment from The Majority Report to every UFTer you know.
The Chicago mayoral election between Brandon Johnson and Paul in some ways came down to teachers union vs police union. Guess who won? Johnson, who was backed by the teachers!
There is more to it than teachers vs cops but it was a close election and Johnson does not win for sure without the CTU.
The analysis from Emma Vigeland and her guest Alex Pareene on today's Majority Report should be played over and over to NYC teachers who feel powerless. We can be just as powerful as the CTU. We just have to remember we are a union and stand up for ourselves collectively.
Emma said it perfectly: "Can you imagine if New York City had a teachers' union as powerful as Chicago? Wouldn't that be awesome?"
I can imagine it and it would be awesome!
We can start to take control by signing and spreading our petition to get a vote on significant healthcare changes. If 10% put in writing that we want a member referendum, the UFT Constitution requires it. We are over 5,000 already. We can get there if everyone gets involved.
We can also show up at City Hall on Tuesday to protect retiree and active City worker healthcare.