Sunday, September 16, 2012

MORE Events: Chapter Organizing Sept. 19, General Meeting Sept. 22 and MORE

MORE on TV: 
Julie Cavanagh on Chris Hayes Sunday 8AM

Meghan Behrent was on the Melissa Perry show on Saturday. I will put up links to both appearances

The MORE ride continues. 
Come to the chapter organizing training by MORE and Labor Notes on Weds. Sept. 19 - see below for details.

MORE continues its efforts with a CL and Del support listserve where people post questions and get answers they won't get elsewhere. Email if interested.

Many MORE members were at the UFT Chapter Leader meeting on Sept. 12 with a possible record being set by 9 week old Jack Cavanagh.

– the first Delegate Assembly will be in October. (For those not aware, the DA is made up of chapter leaders and delegates. Each school has at least one of each and bigger schools get one additional delegate for every 60 members.)

After the meeting, MORE held a Planning Committee meeting at a local bar, and Jack wasn't even asked for ID. The Planning Committee is MORE's temporary steering committee to run the group while we figure out more lasting structures – sort of trying to build the house while living in it.

Over 20 people showed up, which created a few logistical issues – like how do I get my beer and food while trying to meet? Unlike some groups (E4E Screens People Out at Screening of WBD,) MORE is totally open and some people who had their first contact with MORE were welcome to join in. No pledges to sign before entry. MORE does have a mission statement with basic principles of agreement decided on democratically and to be a voting member (when MORE does vote) people should be in basic agreement.

Get Involved! Attend our upcoming general meeting next Saturday or our Activist Training Wednesday, and distribute our latest leaflet "Why we are running in the Election"
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Weekly Newsletter #24 - September 15, 2012
In Solidarity with the Chicago Teachers' Union Local 1

It has been an electrifying week as the Chicago Teachers' Union has led the way in fighting back.  MORE has been picketing, rallying, wearing red and educating our coworkers about how a grassroots approach has led to this successful struggle.

Please check out our statement in solidarity with Chicago!  Look for our roundup of analysis of the strike coming soon to

Take the next step

by attending our general meeting on September 22nd.

CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave @ 34th rm. 5414
12 - 3pm

We will be organizing our work for the fall - forming committees around action, education, internal and external communication, and the upcoming elections and we need your help!  Also we will be assessing and analyzing the national and local impact of the Chicago strike.

Spread the word about MORE

to your coworkers by distributing our latest leaflet: "Why we are running in the elections"

MORE believes that we can transform the UFT into a force that can win us a good contract, build an activist alliance with parent and community groups to stop the political assaults against our schools and our union, and stop the testing craze which threatens students’ learning conditions and teachers’ job protections.... Read more here
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Please take a second to forward this to a friend or coworker, and consider joining our discussion list or our chapter leader meetup list.

Other Upcoming Events: 

Fundraising Party -  9/29 - 7:00pm - 132 16th st (btwn 4th and 5th Ave.) R Train to Prospect
District 15 Happy Hour - 10/19  Freddy’s Bar - 627 5th Ave. - R to Prospect

Evaluations petition now online! 

Go to the MORE website to sign the petition to call for a vote on the new evaluation scheme. 

You can also download a copy to distribute at your school.

In February, the UFT agreed to a new framework that will base 25-40% of our future evaluations on standardized test scores.

The union will be negotiating the final details with the city over the fall and winter, but the membership deserves a discussion and a vote on the agreement.

Danger! Educated Union Member

September 19

MORE and Labor Notes present:

Secrets of a Successful Organizer

A training for new chapter leaders, new delegates, and all teachers who want to organize in their schools.
MORE is joining forces with Labor Notes, a publication and organizing project focused on “putting the movement back in the labor movement” for a workshop on how to engage members and build rank-and-file power in your school. 
Wednesday September 19th 5pm
Murphy Institute
25 w. 43rd St., 18th floor
click here for flyer

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