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News stories | December 7, 2017

Strategies to help New York City’s public school children become socially and academically successful were the focus of the eighth annual UFT Parent Conferences held in each borough and the thousands who attended them in the fall.


News briefs | December 7, 2017

President Trump’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, Peter Robb, received U.S. Senate confirmation on Nov. 8. Robb is a labor lawyer with a long history of backing management against unions and workers.

News briefs | December 7, 2017

Hurricane Maria left nearly one million Americans in Puerto Rico without clean drinking water, and the American Federation of Teachers is stepping up to help.

News briefs | December 7, 2017

New York local news staples Gothamist and DNAinfo were shut down by their billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, on Nov. 3 — only a week after their workers voted to form a union.

News briefs | December 7, 2017

The school voucher program in Colorado’s Douglas County is on thin ice after voters on Nov. 7 ushered in an anti-voucher slate of candidates by huge margins.

News briefs | December 7, 2017

The School Reform Commission that has overseen the Philadelphia School District for 16 years has voted to disband. The five-member panel on Nov. 16 approved a resolution dissolving itself and paving the way to return control to a local Board of Education.

News stories | December 7, 2017

Thousands of UFT members have signed up to be part of the campaign urging the city to provide paid parental leave. Many of them shared stories of being forced to return to work just days or weeks after giving birth because of financial considerations that would not allow them to take a longer, unpaid leave.

News stories | December 7, 2017

New Yorkers had their say, and they said no — resoundingly — to a state constitutional convention on Nov. 8. “The Vote NO campaign was a case study in how engaged and informed union members can mobilize to protect their rights and benefits,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

News stories | December 7, 2017

In presenting the Charles Cogen Award to just-retired UFT Welfare Fund Director Arthur Pepper, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “We still have our health care without a premium. And we’re able to give every single person whatever prescription drugs they need, only because of the work of Artie Pepper.”

Testimony | December 7, 2017

UFT Vice President for High Schools Janella Hinds testified before the New York City Council on Education regarding the diversity plan for New York City public schools.

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