In New York with United for Change. One teacher's story.
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I have been a union member and activist for 50 years. That means I have had to fight both the boss and the union bureaucrats and mis-leaders. I have always been part of the movement for union democracy and reform.
I have been told lately that if I am not a member of a specific union I have no right to say anything and that I can't take sides in an internal union election in which I am not a member.
In NYC's UFT upcoming election, colleagues, friends and family members are running against the entrenched incumbent leadership of Michael Mulgrew and his crew. I support United for Change because it is good not just for the teachers in NY, but because it is good for teachers everywhere.
Here is a great blog post from NY teacher and friend Jonathan Halabi.