I write about this experience because I think it is very telling about the Unity caucus and how it functions. I think there are wonderful people who work within UFT leadership but the method in which they conduct within-UFT meetings, assemblies, votes, etc seems not very transparent and not very democratic.
For that reason, I am supporting the United For Change (UFC) caucus in the upcoming election.
The UFC caucus believes in transparency and conducts itself accordingly. Just during the pre-election process I have been asked for a vote on how I want my caucus dollars spent on advertising materials - and that had a meaningful impact on what happened! I once asked the Unity leadership why we don’t share the results of surveys during negotiations and the response was “we just don’t do that.” Later, I learned that it was a tactic - they are afraid the City and DOE sides of the table would have an unfair advantage if they share. Personally, I disagree and I think the UFC leadership does as well.
The UFC caucus advocates for more transparency, more engaging of the membership, and more democracy overall within our union. I hope you will join me in voting for them when ballots are mailed to your homes in April*.
*case in point - Unity did not allow ballots to be mailed to SCHOOLS, which would have allowed for more easy voting.