Well, we knew that over time the end of elections a decade ago, with people retiring (many of the older DRs who were appointed by Randi after 2002 had been elected so still had some loyalty to the chapter leaders) many in the new crop don't feel they owe the chapter leaders anything.
Unrest from below: Received from one school:
What do you do when a certain Queens District Rep gets too cozy with the principals?I take the position that MORE will be build one brick - and one school at time. This is coming not from the usual activists inside the UFT beltway, and the MORE these come, the MORE MORE will grow. That's how I measure growth, not by vote counts every 3 years but by what is happening underneath. But if MORE doesn't provide whatever support it can to these schools (which currently it not much) it will come to seem as distant as the leadership. MORE is in the early days of developing a structure but to do this bottom up requires some analysis and thinking it through.
Teachers in this DR's district are completely FED UP with this DR:
- misinforming chapter leaders and members
- discouraging any grievances from being filed
- telling chapter leaders principals can "do whatever they want"
- having inappropriate friendships with principals and superintendents
- not being trusted by members
- only being in it for the perks
- not addressing complaints on principals
- misrepresenting the contract
If this school and district become a MORE outpost that would be a breakthrough in an historic Unity support area. That takes putting some organizational effort into this but it is not always clear to me how to go about this. Right now MORE is still basically centralized but must figure this stuff out. I am just too old to get into the kind of effort this will take but I hope the younger gen of activists are capable of doing this.