“Teachers now have a real voice in the United Federation of Teachers, and that voice will not be silenced." says new board member, teacher Arthur Goldstein.
The Caucus' goals are clear and progressive:
- Enforce Our Contract and Organize for a Just Contract in 2018
- Defend Public Education
- Combat Systemic School Segregation and Racism
- Support Opt Out and Oppose Common Core, Danielson Evaluations and High Stakes Testing
- Make the UFT a Democratic,Transparent and Accountable Union
The UFT represents approximately 75,000 teachers and 19,000 classroom paraprofessionals, along with school secretaries, attendance teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, adult education teachers, administrative law judges, nurses, laboratory technicians, speech therapists, and 60,000 retired members. They also represent teachers and other employees at a number of private educational institutions and some charter schools.
Current UFT leadership, along with AFT Pres. Randi Weingarten, supports Common Core to the point where Mulgrew even threatened to "punch in the face" anyone who tried to "take away" his Common Core standards and tests.
The MORE/New Action gains follow an emerging democratic trend of rank-and-file victories in the largest big-city teacher unions over the past few years -- Los Angeles, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
Meet your new UFT executive board members @ashraya @MacBTeach @TeacherArthurG @Mikeofbrooklyn @Jd2718x— MORE-UFT (@MOREcaucusNYC) May 28, 2016
Pleased for all of @AFTunion regarding @MOREcaucusNYC election wins. We need activist union w/o loyalty oaths https://t.co/bW2zzokCxF— Michelle Gunderson (@MSGunderson) May 28, 2016