The reason for all this activity is connected with trying to get the petitions for the UFT election completed so we can get on the ballot. I posted earlier, John Elfrank-Dana Calls on Teachers to Help Get MORE on the Ballot.
I have a love-hate relationship with the UFT petition campaigns to get on the ballot every 3 years. This is the 3rd or 4th time I have coordinated the effort for ICE and MORE. I get obsessed with making this work smoothly and getting it done with time to spare. The work keeps me off the street.
This year there is a push to get as many people and schools involved in the campaign. Petitions are due at the UFT on March 10 but since we are coordinating with New Action we need everything in by March 5 when we are putting everything together for the 300 candidates (and still coming in.) We can sign people right up the March 5 to run for AFT delegate - there are 750 positions available.
If you want to circulate the officer petition you have until March 5 when you can drop them off in midtown or mail them to me. Here are the download links:
What is interesting is the lag time between the petitions and the May 5 ballots being sent out - the vote count will be May 26. This gives the Unity machine time to send out the people whose salaries you pay to sell Mulgrew and also it coincides with getting a retro check. MORE will not be inactive between March 10 and the end of May. MORE will need everyone on board to get info into as many schools as possible and since we don't have any employees we have to try to match the Unity machine.
I am available to come to your school to tell them about MORE if you have a Unity slug come in to your school. Or even if you don't.
Here is the most recent MORE email
It's UFT election petition count-down time!
There are only 7 school days left before we collect petitions on March 2, and we need 1000 signatures to get our Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates on the ballot.
Thanks to all of you who have been collecting signatures and hosting petition-signing parties at your school. A special shout-out goes to Arthur Goldstein at Francis Lewis HS, who has already collected over 130 signatures. Can you beat Arthur?
It's time to take a tally and see where we stand. Please reply to this e-mail, by Friday, (tomorrow) with the number of signatures you have collected.
If you do not have an officer petition and want to get involved, reply with your school address, and we'll get one in the mail to you right away. (We'll need it back by March 2!) If you'd like funding to host a petition signing party (with food!) at your school, let us know that too by replying to this e-mail, and we'll help you plan.
Finally, we have TONS of events this weekend and in the coming weeks. Come out and get involved at the event(s) closest to you!
FRIDAY Feb 26:
Brooklyn Happy Hour at Abilene Bar
Friday 2/26 3:15pm
442 Court Street
Educators from Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Boerum Hill, and across the city meeting, mingling, and consuming tasty beverages (1st one free!) and food after work on a Friday afternoon.
Facebook link here
Manhattan Downtown Happy Hour, 3:30-7
Professor Thom's219 2nd Ave, New York, New York 10003
Uptown Petition Signing and Meeting -RSVP by replying to this email with your file number :-)
Saturday 2/27 12pm-3pm
Gregorio Luperon High School
501 W 165th St @ Amsterdam (1/A/C to 168th) NYC
Tired of how standardized testing is distorting our classrooms and schools?
Want to fight for paid parental leave for city workers?
Do you think our union needs to support opt-out and other movements against education deform?
We need your help to get a member-driven alternative on the ballot in our union elections.
Jia Lee and our top slate of officers needs 900 signatures to get on the ballot, and all of our nearly 300 candidates need 100 signatures each...
Email firstname.lastname@example.org your name, school and file/EIS # and you can help sign all 300 petitions!
Are you running yourself? Bring your petition...
Come to pick up your election leaflets and plan how to get them into neighboring schools.
Pizza and beverages will be served
email email@example.com to reserve childcare
Facebook link here