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January 5, 2014
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Jan. 18th, 2014
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Feb 1, 2014
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MORE Demands Full Retroactive Pay Now -

For most of the past five years, the city of New York’s workforce has been losing ground.
Starting in 2009, Mayor Bloomberg refused to negotiate new contracts for all city workers, effectively establishing a wage freeze while the cost of living in NYC continues to rise. Just over a year ago, city workers brought this city back from Super-storm Sandy.
We keep this city running every day.
We’re working harder and harder for less and less.
We Demand:
  •  Mayor DeBlasio negotiate full retroactive raises for all city workers and grant raises in line with the increased cost of living in New York City.
  •  The Municipal Labor Committee, the coalition of unions representing municipal workers, take a unified position and make these demands to Mayor DeBlasio during negotiation

Please take action now by:

1. Sign and share the online petition here 

2. Print the paper petition out and gather signatures at your workplace here

3. Like our FaceBook page and spread the word to your friends 

New York City today is a tale of two cities.  If mayor-elect de Blasio genuinely wants to tackle income inequality, we urge him to start at the bargaining table with city workers.

Veteran Educator Carmen Fari
ña Appointed New NYC Schools Chancellor

MORE welcomes a change in DOE leadership but still believes Farina must prove herself with her actions.

"Ms. Fariña, 70, the daughter of immigrants from Spain who fled the Franco regime, is a veteran of the city’s school system, having served as a teacher, principal and superintendent of a Brooklyn school district. She retired as a deputy chancellor in 2006.

"Ms. Fariña shares Mr. de Blasio’s skepticism of standardized testing and his focus on early education. As chancellor, she will help shape his proposal to expand access to preschool and after-school programs."

Read the full NY Times story.


Additional articles:


Wall Street Journal: School Chief Sees Parents as "Partners"

NY Daily News: Gonzalez: Bill de Blasio's choosing Carmen Fariña as schools chancellor will revolutionize city's schools


The Movement of Rank and File Educators invites you -- uptown educators and concerned citizens -- to Happy Hour!

Come learn about our movement for better schools and a better UFT! 


The Heights Tavern

3910 Broadway (at 164th St, just down from the A/C/1 trains)

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 4-6pm 

The Movement of Rank and File Educators is the social justice caucus of the UFT.  We’re fighting for better teaching and learning conditions and a more democratic union.  Join us to discuss alternatives to standardized testing, evaluation systems, and what you'd like in our new contract. 


Free appetizers for the first ten participants!


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We can't wait to see you there!

Is your chapter feeling flat?  Overwhelmed by the challenges of organizing in your school?  Want to share ideas with other dedicated, creative chapter leaders and activists?

Take the survey and help MORE Chapter Organizing Committee design its upcoming February 13th training

Organize to Stop and Reverse the Disappearing of Black and Latino Educators in NYC

January 25, 2014   3 - 5 PM

The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew's Parish Hall 

520 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238 


Testimonials, legal update, immediate tasks. 

Check the MORE website for additional information.

Education Resistance News Roundup

Duking It Out with Weingarten on Common Core
Lois Weiner (New Politics)

Paul Krugman on the imbalanced boss-worker power relationship applied to NYC principals and teachers
Ed Notes Online

UFT's Road Not Taken
NYC Educator

Here's the truth about Shanghai schools -- they're terrible
The Guardian

Union Leaders Mixed on Linn and Brezenoff Appointments
City and State NY

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