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August 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

 Movement of Rank & File Educators

The social justice caucus of the UFT

“Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions”



Weekly Update #21 – 08.22.12

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MORE Upcoming Events

Solidarity with Chicago teachers!

Chicago teachers authorize strike! Come build solidarity & learn about the struggle


A discussion featuring a presentation by Kim Bowsky, a CORE activist and Al Ramirez, co-founder of CORE, both members of the Chicago Teachers Union.


Thursday, August 23rd

6:30 p.m.

at The Murphy Institute

25 West 43rd Street, between 5th and 6th avenues

18th Floor, Room C/D


Please also support Chicago Teachers by donating to the CTU Solidarity Fund at



Public schools, teachers and their unions are under attack throughout the country.  The drive to privatize our public schools and strip away teacher protections is only accelerating.   In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel canceled a promised 4% pay raise to Chicago teachers and proposed lengthening the school day by 20% with only a 2% raise.  In addition, Emanuel proposes implementing a merit pay system for teachers–a similar system in Baltimore has led to 60% of teachers receiving unsatisfactory ratings.  In response, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has refused to back down and has shown the power of solidarity, holding large rallies and forging alliances with community members.  The CTU is demanding smaller class sizes, fair pay and a diverse and fulfilling curriculum for Chicago students.  This spring, 90% of all CTU members voted to authorize a strike.  98% of those voting authorized a strike.

The CTU’s campaign has met with some initial success.  Emanuel recently agreed to hire almost 500 teachers, mostly arts, PE and enrichment teachers.  These teachers will be hired from a pool of laid-off, experienced teachers.  The result is that a longer school day will not force teachers to work longer and harder with no compensation.


While this victory is inspiring, the CTU’s strike preparations continue, as there has been no agreement on teacher pay, class sizes, merit pay and other important issues.  It is urgent that teachers, parents and community members show our solidarity with CTU.  We also have a lot to learn from CTU’s struggle.


Come hear a presentation by CTU members and help organize solidarity for the Chicago teachers here in NYC!


Stand with CTU!


Sponsored by (list in formation):  Movement of Rank and File Educators, Black New Yorkers for Educational Excellence, Coalition for Public Education, Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), Labor Notes, New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE), New York City Labor Against the War, OWS Labor Outreach Committee, Independent Community of Educators (ICE), Teachers Unite


Contact [email protected] to help organize the event or to co-sponsor

Help MORE Petition the UFT:

For a Democratic Discussion and Vote in the UFT on the New Evaluation System

Every educator deserves a fair evaluation as a basic part of our working conditions.

Look for more info in our next update.


Election committee: Aug. 27, 4PM, CUNY (5th Ave and 34th St.)


  • Help choose the MORE slate for the next UFT elections (Jan-March, 2013).



Training for new chapter leaders, new delegates, or anyone trying to build activism within the schools.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday September 19


Place TBA


Labor Notes, a publication for rank and file labor activists that has been around for more than 30 years, is teaming up with MORE to help provide training for UFT activists interested in trying to build membership activism in the schools. At our workshop on the 19th we’ll discuss ways in which we can identify potential activists and leaders within our schools, figure out how to approach and activate them, and discuss what kinds of issues are likely to interest our co-workers.


Join us on the 19th to meet experienced activists from other unions and from among MORE’s deep bench of rank and file leaders.


Stay tuned for details on location and time (most likely starting 4:30-5 PM).


For further info contact Kit Wainer.




Kit Wainer

UFT Chapter Leader, Leon Goldstein High School

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Join the MORE Chapter Leader and Delegate Meet-up group listserve.


Send an email to [email protected] and ask to be added to the chapter leader listserve (not the same as MORE Discussion).


Join MORE!


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Spread the word–help build MORE!

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Email us at: [email protected]


We want to hear from you! Check out MORE’s online discussion forum to get the latest news and goings on, and to join in the conversation.

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