In aligning with UFT Solidarity’s mission statement, with regards to accountability, we have created a forum to share experiences UFT members have had with elected and appointed UFT representatives on the UFT payroll. Click the button below and share.
There are five appointed UFT borough representatives and over 40 appointed district and special representatives. None of them have been democratically elected by the UFT membership.
Here is a brief history you should know:
In June 2003 the UFT Executive Board changed the District Representative position, an elected position for 34 years, to an appointed position, and then President Weingarten argued that the change was necessary based on the DOE’s move to Regions and would not have a negative impact on the service relationship between the chapter leader, the members, and the DR. She also maintained that with the movement to Regions we were not going to have districts and an appointed position would be a better one for our UFT. Regions no longer exist and networks appear to be on the way out. The democratic process is best served when elections determine who will represent the membership, and the election of DR’s by Chapter Leaders can only cement the relationship between the two and further union democracy. (link)
Due to the fact that chapter leaders no longer elect their district reps, real accountability has greatly diminished. This Solidarity initiative, aimed to bring back accountability to our union, comes from listening to our union brothers and sisters and their unfortunate plight.
Examples of member stories:
In New York State we follow the Taylor Law, that not only has jurisdiction over the employer (DOE), but also the employee organization (UFT). UFT members are owed protection from their employer for their union activity, but also are owed fair representation by their union.