The real problem with the union is apathy among teachers. When I was still teaching, many had no idea who Mulgrew was, what UNITY, NEW ACTION, or ICE stood for or even what the election was for. They were too lazy to walk to the first floor to cast a vote for chapter chairman and no one wanted to sit on the executive board at the school. Some were afraid of displeasing the Principal, and in return receiving a bad write up or a terrible program. One guy asked what sitting on the committee would do for him and he only agreed if it would get him released from his building assignment. When something was not going right, they stuck their heads under the covers in hopes of admins not finding them. They never stood up for what they knew were contractual rights.
If MORE is serious about gaining control of the union, they have got to reach the teachers on the job and get them to care and to vote. They also need to reach out to retirees, to let them know what is going on in schools today, let them know the things they fought and went on strike for are being taken away. They need to gain a foothold in UFT retiree centers and spread their message loud and clear.
I know people like NYC Educator and South Bronx mean well, but this blame game has got to stop. It is non productive. It does nothing to get people who will make a difference in power.