Our only hope is to build a base of members who are fired up to BE the union. To re-imagine the potential of a union run by and for its members. -----comment by MORE member at Gotham
I have no idea who wrote this comment at Gotham but it is one of the best descriptions of where MORE stands and is coming from I've seen. I wish I could articulate it this well. It is a comment on the Gotham Schools story (Teachers union faction wants to shake up electoral status quo) from a week ago on the July 12 history of the UFT session Michael and I did. Actually the title is somewhat misleading mentioning the electoral status as if it were a sole goal. The goal is to shake up the complacency, lack of involvement, etc of the UFT membership as much as the leadership, which will move if it sees a movement from below threatening it. My belief is that they can only fool some of the people some of the time and they do not have it in their dna to do anything other than talk about change. If and when they actually are forced to domocratize the union where you will see representation of all factions in the union on the Ex Bd and the AdCom then we will be talking. But as long as it's winner take all and 100% control nothing will change and they will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into change. It is the goal of MORE to create a movement strong enough to accomplish that.
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As I warn below. the views I express above are not those of MORE but of myself. Many people do not agree with my analysis and in fact I may be a minority. People think the union leadership can change. I'll smile if they do and retreat into the sunset.
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