UFT Solidarity is a party of progressive educator activists within the United Federation of Teachers. We exist because oftentimes our union is absent. When members do not feel supported, they come to us for assistance. In collaboration with staff, students and parents, we organize rallies outside schools and outside DOE offices in addition to many other support initiatives (uftsolidarity.org/toolbox) That’s what we do. “Strong Support” is the main goal of UFT Solidarity. Our Administrators in Need of Improvement (ANOI) list has reached over 150 supervisors we are keeping an eye on and exposing. (uftsolidarity.org/ANOI)
Serious attempts at collaborating are made first. When collaboration fails, we then escalate the support.
See below the history of UFT Solidarity and PS 89x Principal Ralph Martinez.
First warning after we were sought out by school staff:
Unfortunately your school has come to the attention of our teacher advocacy group. Apparently there are allegations of harassment and unwarranted attacks on educators at your school. As you could imagine, an atmosphere of workplace bullying and harassment is not conducive to a nurturing learning environment for our students.
Just as a courtesy, we are letting you know that we are educating your staff members with information on how to defend their careers so they may continue to instruct and nurture students to their fullest potential. Those tools can be in the form of legally audio recording, using the Freedom of Information Law to obtain information necessary to prove their allegations against you, organizing rallies and creating various social media articles.
Perhaps your best recourse would be to speak with the superintendent, your senior field counsel and Borough Support Center representative, to figure out ways to support educators rather than treading on their careers.
“Building a stronger union.”
Unfortunately for the PS 89X school community, and Principal Ralph Martinez, he did not head our warning. To make things worse, he continued his attacks on parents and even violated state law by getting involved in UFT chapter leader elections. Apparently he is trying to silence an outspoken staff member at the school who was elected chapter leader. Principal Ralph Martinez went around, as did his minions, and collected signatures for a recall vote for Doreida Cela. Although they barged into ongoing classes telling teachers “Mr. Martinez says you have to sign this.” and they collected more than enough to have a recall, the recall failed. We are hear to support Mrs. Cela, the rest of the staff and parents.
Second warning to Principal Ralph Martinez:
Good evening Principal Martinez,
As a courtesy, we’re letting you know that UFT Solidarity is planning a rally outside your school. How many educators have you pushed out? How many parents? Why are so many educators and parents reaching out to us for support?
Are you involved in a UFT chapter leader recall election? We ask because we’re pretty sure you’re CSA and are violating laws. If you are, we ask that you cease and desist immediately.
JOIN US for a rally during Parent Teacher Conferences on March 17, 2016. This flyer has information on the rally and the allegations against Principal Ralph Martinez.
To have UFT Solidarity support your school, email firstname.lastname@example.org and remember to VOTE UFT SOLIDARITY this May.