On Wednesday July 16th 2014 we are hosting a summer series panel and open discussion on the history of groups that have competed for power and influence within the UFT. We will also examine the implications for MORE. More event Information here
Below are readings and video lectures from union/UFT historians on the background of the founding of UFT and Unity caucus, the ruling party of our union.
Democracy & Politics in the UFT, 1976 Edition
Democracy and Politics in the UFT is being reprinted in its original with no changes in order to provide a snapshot of the state of the UFT and education circa 1976 and how one opposition group approached these issues.Thanks to Vera Pavone, Ira Goldfine and Norm Scott for creating an online version of the pamphlet they produced almost 40 years ago.
UFT/Unity Caucus Early History from “City Unions”
This chapter on the founding of the UFT and how Shanker consolidated power from the book “City Unions”. There is a lot of insight into how Unity has controlled the UFT since its inception.
Here we have a series of videos about the history of our union, it’s founding, some discussions on past caucuses and dissident groups, and the relationship between non-Unity activists and the union leadership.
Historical roots of the UFT presented by Michael Fiorillo and Peter Lamphere at the State of the Union conference (Feb. 4. 2012).
Michael: Teacher unions up to 1968 (22 minutes): https://vimeo.com/45094559
Peter: Post 1968 (15 minutes): https://vimeo.com/45094560
Both videos plus the Q&A (1 hour): https://vimeo.com/45094713
UFT Friend or Foe- from 2013 Summer Series- How non-Unity Chapter leaders and activists relate to UFT leadership
MORE Summer Series 2012- UFT Caucus History Since 1968
Norm Scott http://vimeo.com/45705700
Michael Fiorillo http://vimeo.com/45698849
Join the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators (MORE) for Summer Series 2014. Discussions exploring the past, present and future of teacher unionism. All are welcome!
The Dark Horse
17 Murray St. NYC
Near City Hall, Chambers St, WTC
Who Runs the UFT? Why Are There Alternatives? A Historical Perspective 1960-2014
The UFT formed in 1960 as a merger of several organizations. By 1964 the Unity caucus emerged as the ruling party of the UFT, which they remain to this day. Throughout the union’s history various dissident groups and caucuses have contested this dominance. At different times these groups merged, ran joint slates, or disbanded. We will discuss why these groups formed and their differing visions and strategies. How is MORE related to this history? What can we learn from it?
Other Summer Series Events
Life Under the New UFT Contract
Lessons from the Chicago Teachers’ Union- Featuring Guest Speakers from Chicago
UFT 101: Why Does Our Teachers’ Union Matter?