So one day you all are teaching. Then you run a 6 month campaign with a runoff. Then you win the election. Then two weeks later you take over the union. Many of the old guard have to leave their jobs. Then a few days later most of you head off for Seattle to the AFT convention, leaving a skeletal staff. Then you come back exhausted and have to start building up a staff to handle 1000 people who have lost their jobs and confront a mayor and CEO who feel they found a loophole in tenure and can layoff who they want. Oy!
So what happens? Instead of being burned out, you come back from the AFT convention totally stoked - energized by the experience. Your union and fellow teachers need you. So, you go into the union and volunteer to help out.
If you are a UFT member in NYC thinking this could ever happen with your friendly Unity crowd, blink twice and snap those ruby slippers - and keep snapping – you will not end up in Oz.
See a list of jobs at the CTU web site: http://www.ctunet.com/
Below is a link I put up at Norms Notes with the text of the insightful resolution the CTU tried to bring to the floor at the AFT convention that was posted at Substance.
It opposes mayoral control, merit pay, calls for a moratorium on charters, calls for an end to all school closings. After negotiations with Randi's agents - Aminda Gentile and Leo Casey, a little itty bitty piece of the language made the final cut.
our resolution is wholly grounded in the experiences of public educators in Chicago where the movement toward the business model of education reform has had perhaps its most reaching impact. This resolution is just another means with which we (the Chicago delegation) hope to combat that movement.
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates support policies and legislation that put a moratorium on the creation of new charters, charter clones, and other schools that divert public education funds into corporate models; and Resolved that the AFT and its state and local affiliates demand all existing charter schools to be held as accountable and transparent as regular public schools, in regards to student progress and achievement, budget, funding and influence of corporate and private interests and entities; and Resolved that the AFT and its state and local affiliates will lobby for changes in legislation to allow existing charter schools to join large existing union locals rather than being forced to form their own small affiliate or work to close them; and Resolved that the AFT and its state and local affiliates recognize Bill Gates’ presence at the AFT Convention as a “Trojan horse”; and
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates fight to protect teacher tenure, seniority and due process rights so that trained educators can have job security and individual autonomy to develop innovative curriculum and instruction and lead local school reform; and
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates demand that school districts stop the arbitrary closing and turning around of schools and rehire displaced and terminated teachers immediately; and
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates reject the concept of merit pay for educators tied to student progress and achievement; and
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates campaign to expose the for-profit motives of high stakes testing companies and end the use high stakes testing which is used to punish students, teachers, families, schools and districts rather than build better schools; and Resolved that the AFT and its state and local affiliates lobby to overturn legislation allowing mayoral control of school districts and to put education back in the hands of educators; and
RESOLVED that the AFT and its state and local affiliates expose RTTT as based on the same faulty premises as NCLB and demand that RTTT funds are used equitably for all states in order to engage in real education reform lead by professional, union educators; andAfter you get out from under the house, take off your slippers and read it all:
Chicago Teachers Union Resolution at AFT Convention