Getting started as a chapter leader
The role of the chapter leader can be summed up in one word — LEADERSHIP. Your colleagues elected you because they know you will provide leadership. Chapter members view you as the "union." They know you are the vital link that connects them to UFT's leadership and that you represent them at the Delegate Assembly. But remember you're part of a UFT team that includes other chapter leaders, your district representative, or representatives in your borough office. They may have solutions to some of the problems you're facing.
You are most effective as a chapter leader when you have the support and input of your colleagues. That’s why it is imperative that you establish a UFT consultation committee at your school and that this committee meets regularly.
The secret of running a good chapter is plenty of participation. Your members need it.
Perhaps the most powerful and dynamic way of two-way communication with a chapter — and also one of the most difficult to perform — is through regularly scheduled chapter meetings. This guide offers you tips on how to run an effective chapter meeting.
See our guide to holding chapter elections, and a chart of vote percentages required for various referenda.