Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Dear Badass Teachers Association,

Who we are and why the creation of the Solidarity Caucus of the UFT?
Simply put, those who founded, and are joining, the Solidarity Caucus of the United Federation
of Teachers (UFT), want to build a stronger union. A union that is the backbone and muscle of
its membership.

"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth." - Diogenes

The newly-formed Solidarity Caucus is comprised of active in-service members, activist retired
members, as well as discontinued former members. We will bring the union’s focus back to its
members whilst building partnerships with the communities.

Solidarity Caucus plans on using the talents, skills, advanced education, training, experience,
savvy, political know-how, technological expertise, social media access, and the effective
strength of our collective voices, minds, and desire for justice and integrity in our schools, to
take back the power that we’ve, unwittingly, given away to those who have been and continue to
attack our profession and education system.

We are committed:
o To advocate for all members and improve our professions
o To provide oversight and support to members harassed and struggling under hostile work
o To expose corruption and abuses that negatively affect member working conditions and
therefore our communities
o To advance our union whilst embracing these challengesIt's time to take action and demand the respect that our members deserve and earn every day
in their profession.

By improving the working conditions of the union members, who serve our communities, we
believe we can make the positive changes our school system so desperately needs. We will do
this together. We will do this in solidarity.

We are eager to work with any and all existing groups that are also looking to augment and
improve the education system. Our members are on the frontline and we are here to support

We are here for you - we stand with you - and we will fight for you.
Consider joining and/or supporting.

Solidarity Caucus
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