News Archive

News stories | July 4, 2019

Teacher’s Choice, since it was initiated more than 25 years ago by the UFT, has been funded as a special allocation of the City Council. In a major milestone for the program that reimburses educators for some of their out-of-pocket spending on classroom supplies, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Council agreed on June 14 to allocate funds for Teacher’s Choice as part of the annual city budget.

News stories | July 4, 2019

In a big victory for the UFT, union-supported legislation curbing hospitals from charging exorbitant fees to out-of-network patients for emergency care passed both houses of the state legislature in June and now needs Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature to become law. 


News stories | July 4, 2019

Abe Levine, the first vice president for elementary schools and a steadfast presence at the UFT until his final months, died at age 89 on June 13.

News stories | July 4, 2019

The UFT is open for business throughout the summer on a modified schedule.

News stories | July 4, 2019

During the final Delegate Assembly of the school year on June 12, UFT President Michael Mulgrew talked about how the new DOE-UFT contract has given members a greater voice in their workplaces this year.

News stories | July 4, 2019

"You are the best," schools Chancellor Richard Carranza told 17 Big Apple Award winners at the seventh annual awards ceremony at the city Department of Education headquarters in Manhattan on June 11. In addition to their Big Apple honors, the 17 educators will form the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group.

News stories | July 4, 2019

Nine public school teachers were among the honorees at the annual Blackboard Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding educators on June 10 at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

News stories | July 4, 2019

The 33rd annual UFT and DOE School Counselor Recognition Day Awards Ceremony on May 31 at the UFT’s Brooklyn borough office recognized the contributions of 26 school counselors from all around the city.

News stories | July 4, 2019

The UFT family grew by nearly 1,000 new teachers on June 17, as the Department of Education welcomed its newest cohort of New York City Teaching Fellows at an event at City Tech in Brooklyn.

News | June 24, 2019

An agreement on school safety and discipline announced on June 20 by the city and the United Federation of Teachers puts in place more early-intervention strategies while clarifying the processes that kick in when there is an incident.

Press releases | June 10, 2019

A coalition of consumer, labor, health and business groups has launched a television ad campaign demanding Albany pass legislation to protect patients from exorbitant surprise emergency hospital bills. 

News stories | June 6, 2019

With the UFT’s support, Farah Louis won the special election on May 14 to fill the New York City Council seat left vacated by Jumaane Williams when he became the city’s public advocate. 

National education and labor news | June 6, 2019

Public school teachers in California are forced by state law to pay for their own substitute teachers when they take extended sick leave. 

National education and labor news | June 6, 2019
Hundreds of McDonald’s workers walked off the job in 13 cities on May 23 to call for a minimum wage of $15 per hour and expanded rights in their workplace, including protection from sexual harassment. The labor action came the same week as employees in 20 cities filed sexual harassment complaints against the fast food company.
News stories | June 6, 2019

The UFT has mounted a campaign in Albany this spring to pass legislation that would help rein in spiraling health care costs by barring hospitals from charging outrageous fees for emergency care to out-of-network patients.

News stories | June 6, 2019

The UFT Delegate Assembly on May 22 overwhelmingly voted to endorse Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in the special Democratic primary for Queens district attorney scheduled for June 25.

News stories | June 6, 2019

As the July 1 deadline to pass the city budget approached, the UFT made a full-court press for city funding for Teacher’s Choice and four other UFT-led education programs: the United Community Schools initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-A-Teacher homework helpline. 


News stories | June 6, 2019

Telling the story of why the union matters, Geof Sorkin, the executive director of the UFT Welfare Fund, discussed the “very robust benefit package” that UFT-represented employees have.


News stories | June 6, 2019

Hundreds of occupational therapists, physical therapists and educators donned UFT T-shirts on May 13 for the UFT Occupational and Physical Therapists Chapter’s day of solidarity to increase visibility for their chapter and for the work they do.


News stories | June 6, 2019

This year, the legal cap was reached. While the charter sector is pushing Albany to raise the cap, public school communities are saying enough is enough.

National education and labor news | June 6, 2019

The wave of teacher strikes hit California’s Bay Area on May 20, when teachers walked out of their classrooms in the school district covering Union City and South Hayward for the first time in the district’s history. About 600 educators, represented by the New Haven Teachers Association, joined picket lines outside their schools to demand pay raises over two years totaling nearly 7 percent.

Press releases | June 5, 2019

A study of the UFT-DOE teacher leadership program released this week by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO-IIEP) found that it had a positive impact on teacher satisfaction and retention, teacher voice and collaboration, instructional practices, professional development and overall school culture.

Press releases | May 29, 2019

The UFT has endorsed Melinda Katz in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney on June 25.

Press releases | May 29, 2019

The UFT has endorsed Michael McMahon in the election for Staten Island district attorney.

Union resolutions | May 22, 2019

The UFT commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and Rebellion.

Union resolutions | May 22, 2019

The UFT endorse Melinda Katz in her primary election for Queens District Attorney as we believe she will be an equally strong ally in the arena of justice for our members, our schools and our borough.

Union resolutions | May 22, 2019

The UFT endorse Michael McMahon in his re-election for Staten Island District Attorney as we believe he will continue to be a strong ally in the arena of justice for our members, our schools and our borough.

News | May 15, 2019

The Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers recognize that lesson plans are a professional responsibility.

Testimony | May 10, 2019

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds testified before the New York State Assembly on the admissions process for selecting students for the specialized high schools in New York City.

News | May 8, 2019

The DOE has released the calendar for the 2019–20 school year.

Press releases | May 3, 2019

Rather than raise the existing charter cap, legislators should halt planned growth; then hold charters accountable for admission and discipline policies and how they spend public dollars.

Op-Eds | May 3, 2019

New York State legislators need to halt planned charter school expansions that would only solidify charters as a parallel — but unregulated and discriminatory — school system, one that is draining resources from many of New York’s neediest kids.

National education and labor news | May 2, 2019

Tennessee is on track to create a new state commission that could override local governments’ attempts to limit charter school expansion. Legislation to establish the commission passed both houses of the state Legislature, and Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Lee, is expected to sign it.

National education and labor news | May 2, 2019

National education and labor news | May 2, 2019

News stories | May 2, 2019

Staten Island pre-K teacher Jeanine Cammarata, who was found murdered in April, was patient and sensitive, and she always put her students first, said colleagues.


News stories | May 2, 2019

The UFT achieved its long-sought goal of eliminating the requirement that student test scores be a factor in the Annual Professional Performance Review process in the state budget approved by the state Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 31.



News stories | May 2, 2019

The former colleagues of murdered teacher Jeanine Cammarata want #JusticeforJeanine, as the trending hashtag spells out. But the UFT members at the schools where Cammarata worked also expressed hope her death would shed light on the evil of domestic violence.

News stories | May 2, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned the Delegate Assembly on April 17 that anti-union forces looking to take advantage of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in the Janus case have begun their efforts to weaken New York City public school teachers’ collective power.


News stories | May 2, 2019

Boys and Girls HS has turned the corner. The once-troubled Brooklyn school has been taken out of state receivership – a designation for long struggling schools – and out of the city Board of Education’s Renewal Schools program, and it marked the milestone with a celebration in the school gym.


News stories | May 2, 2019

UFT members elected Michael Mulgrew to a fourth term as president of the union with 86.2 percent of the votes cast. The American Arbitration Association announced the tally on April 18.

News stories | May 2, 2019

Members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT at Staten Island University Hospital South on March 29 overwhelmingly ratified a contract that includes their top priorities: an increased nurse-to-patient ratio and preservation of their UFT Healthcare Chapter Benefit Fund benefits.

Testimony | May 1, 2019

UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds testified before the New York City Council's joint meeting of the Committee on Education and the Committee on Civil and Human Rights regarding segregation in New York City public schools. 

Press releases | May 1, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined a group of New York City parent leaders in calling on DOE Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio to end the DOE's practice of sharing student information with charter schools.

Press releases | April 18, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew won his fourth term as the union’s president, according to results tabulated by the American Arbitration Association. Mulgrew, the Unity Caucus candidate, received 38,591 votes, or 86.2 percent of the votes cast.

Press releases | April 18, 2019

The UFT has endorsed Farah Louis to fill the 45th district City Council seat in Brooklyn vacated by Jumaane Williams.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The UFT will increase awareness of domestic violence by providing materials and professional development so that members in schools are aware of the signs of domestic violence and how to respond.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The UFT continues to support efforts to expand the definition of academic ability beyond a single test and to ensure that high school admission policies acknowledge the range of talents demonstrated by New York City’s students.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers will fully support and participate in the May Day 2019 rally at 5:30 p.m. in Columbus Circle and the subsequent march to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue planned by labor groups, immigrant right groups, faith leaders and other advocates for the working class.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers categorically opposes the use of weapons of any sort against teachers, students, or anyone present in schools in drills or any school-sponsored activities.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The UFT, in collaboration with its state-wide affiliate NYSUT, will continue to work with the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Board of Regents to develop accountability determinations and interventions for transfer schools in the New York State ESSA plan that make sense for the students in these schools and that recognize the progress transfer schools make in serving their students.

Union resolutions | April 17, 2019

The UFT resolves to ask the Department of Education to modify the student Information/registration form to include a question about parents’/guardians’ veteran status.

News | April 16, 2019

Here are some helpful instructions on how to register online for the 2019 Spring Education Conference.

National education and labor news | April 4, 2019

The American Federation of Teachers is approaching the 2020 presidential primary with a new endorsement procedure. The union faced criticism for its early endorsement of Hillary Clinton in 2015, which left some of its members feeling left out of the selection process.

National education and labor news | April 4, 2019

A federal judge ruled on March 7 that U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ effort to delay a statute requiring states to remedy a racial gap in special education was illegal.

National education and labor news | April 4, 2019

The Trump administration’s budget proposal for 2020, released on March 11, includes a $7.1 billion cut to the U.S. Department of Education. This is the third time the White House has sought to slash education funding. Though Congress has largely ignored the administration’s previous attempts at deep cuts and is expected to rebuff these proposals as well, the document demonstrates the administration’s commitment to the privatization agenda of Betsy DeVos, its education secretary.

News stories | April 4, 2019

At Forest Hills HS in Queens, Chapter Leader Adam Bergstein and his members have passed a vote of no confidence against their principal.

News stories | April 4, 2019

More than 1,000 UFT members and guests — including James Geigel, his immigrant grandparents Angelina and Modesto Hernandez and his mother Nitza Hernandez — all paras or paras who became teachers — packed the New York Hilton's Grand Ballroom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the chapter.

News stories | April 4, 2019

A substantial increase in state funding for New York City public schools topped the agenda for the more than a thousand UFT members and public school parents who traveled to Albany on March 18 to meet with their state representatives for the UFT’s annual Lobby Day.

News stories | April 4, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew made the case for more funding for school programs that directly aid students in budget testimony on March 20 before the City Council Education Committee. At the same time, he asked the Council members to make sure state funds are not derailed or swallowed up the city’s education bureaucracy.

News stories | April 4, 2019

The UFT unveiled its new app a year ago. With UFT-Mobile, members can handle much of their union business, from registering for CTLE classes to checking what the DOE-UFT contract says on key topics to calling a union office or Welfare Fund program.

News stories | April 4, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew reminded the Delegate Assembly on March 20 that the new citywide safety standards called for in the DOE-UFT contract are in effect and he urged chapter leaders who hadn’t gotten the necessary training to do so as soon as possible.

News stories | April 4, 2019

Registration has begun for the Spring Education Conference, the union’s hallmark education event of the school year, which will be held at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, May 18.

News | April 3, 2019

The DOE is offering a voluntary severance to all members of the ATR pool and to UFT-represented employees in Title I-funded positions in the nonpublic schools.

News | March 28, 2019

At this year's UFT Spring Education Conference on Saturday, May 18, at the New York Hilton, attendees will enjoy breakfast, a town hall, exhibits, new workshops, and a gala luncheon. 

News | March 27, 2019

Public schools can win cash prizes for their school by applying for the Department of Sanitation’s Zero Waste Schools Contests.

Testimony | March 26, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction regarding the fiscal year 2020 preliminary budget, the preliminary capital plan for fiscal years 2020-23, the preliminary 10-year capital strategy for fiscal years 2020-29, the fiscal 2019 preliminary mayor's management report and best practices in addressing the impact of social-emotional health initiatives on school climate and school discipline.

Union resolutions | March 20, 2019

Nurses organized by the UFT will not cross picket lines or work overtime as a replacement worker at Staten Island University South/Northwell Health.

Union resolutions | March 20, 2019

The UFT will provide its members with learning opportunities designed to help members learn the indicators of human trafficking in order to provide appropriate intervention as well as understand the ways in which, as consumers, they can avoid unknowingly supporting industries that rely on forced and trafficked labor.

Union resolutions | March 20, 2019

We honor Ray Frankel’s work and memory by vowing to continue to keep strong and vital the union that she helped create.

Testimony | March 20, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council's Committee on Education regarding the New York City budget for the coming fiscal year.

News | March 14, 2019

There is an upcoming special NYC Health Benefits Open Enrollment Period for active employees.

News stories | March 7, 2019

The UFT began an expedited process of contract arbitration to resolve oversize classes in five chronically overcrowded high schools as the class-size reduction provisions in the new DOE-UFT contract took effect.

National education and labor news | March 7, 2019

Charter school teachers and paraprofessionals in Chicago ended their two-week strike on Feb. 18 after the Chicago International Charter School network promised to increase their salaries to the same level as educators in traditional public schools — a raise of nearly 35 percent over the term of the contract.

National education and labor news | March 7, 2019

Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 25 to ratify a tentative agreement between their union and the school district that ended a three-day strike earlier in the month.

News stories | March 7, 2019

Fifty schools in the Bronx, East New York, Brownsville and Far Rockaway will join the Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan, an initiative that empowers educators at these schools to drive school improvement.

News stories | March 7, 2019

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

News stories | March 7, 2019

The state of the union — as in the United Federation of Teachers — is good, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on Feb. 13.

News stories | March 7, 2019

The UFT leadership is urging members to sign nominating petitions to re-elect UFT Treasurer Debra Penny to a new three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.


News stories | March 7, 2019

Thanks to a partnership between the UFT, NYSUT and the AFT, every single teacher in the U.S. Virgin Islands — 1,400 in all — received a tote bag full of school supplies to help their classrooms recover from the 2017 hurricanes that devastated the islands.


News stories | March 7, 2019

Testifying in Albany on Feb. 6 on the executive budget, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for a $2.2 billion increase in education funding in the coming fiscal year — substantially more than the governor proposed.


News stories | March 7, 2019

Ray Frankel, a founding UFT member who continued to serve the union until the end of her life, died on Feb. 23 at the age of 98. Her union work was her life and her true love.

National education and labor news | March 7, 2019

Public school teachers in Oakland, California, ended a seven-day strike on March 1 with a deal to boost teacher salaries by 14 percent and improve classroom conditions.

News stories | March 7, 2019

Members of the lone bargaining unit to vote down the Department of Education-UFT contract last fall ratified a revised agreement on Jan. 31, allowing them to receive their February salary increases with all other UFT-represented employees who work for the DOE.


News stories | March 7, 2019

Licensed practical nurses at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York — members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT — unanimously ratified a two-year contract on Jan. 30 that provides for the largest salary increase in the history of the chapter.

Testimony | February 25, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew submitted this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding special education services and Res. No. 0749-2019 Establishing a Special Education Czar, Int. No. 1406-2019 Mandating Reporting on Preschool Special Education Services, Int. No. 1380-2019 Mandating Reporting on Response to Parent Request for Private Tutoring and Private School Tuition Payments, Int. No. 0900-2018 Mandating Tri-annual Reporting on Special Education Services and Int. No. 0559-2018 Mandating School-level Data on Student IEP Compliance.<

Press releases | February 13, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers began an expedited process of contract arbitration to force the city Department of Education to lower class sizes in five schools that have a history of forcing children to try to learn in overcrowded classrooms.

Union resolutions | February 13, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers will educate its members and the school community about the stakes of the federal census and importance of participation.

Union resolutions | February 13, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers endorses Debra Penny for re-election as a Teacher-Member of the Teachers’ Retirement Board of the City of New York for a three-year term beginning in 2019.

Union resolutions | February 13, 2019

On March 16, 2019, we celebrate the founding of our union and pause for a moment to reflect on the determination and resolve of the union’s founders to overcome their differences to achieve unity and a strong voice for all.

News stories | February 7, 2019

With the new Department of Education-UFT contract that increases educators’ professional voice going into effect, it’s only fitting that the union’s latest television ad campaign focuses on that very subject.

National education and labor news | February 7, 2019

Slightly fewer U.S. workers belonged to a labor union in 2018 than in 2017.

National education and labor news | February 7, 2019

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will face a new level of oversight this year with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives from Republicans who were friendlier to her privatization agenda.

National education and labor news | February 7, 2019

Nearly a year after their lengthy walkout resulted in better pay, West Virginia public school teachers are back on edge after the introduction of a bill in the West Virginia State Senate in late January to weaken unions and redirect tax revenue from public schools to private and charter school options.

News stories | February 7, 2019

In a huge victory for the UFT, both houses of the state Legislature on Jan. 23 voted overwhelmingly to end the requirement that state test scores be used in evaluating teachers in New York State.

News stories | February 7, 2019

The salaries of UFT-represented employees covered by ratified Department of Education-UFT contracts will increase by 2 percent on Feb. 14.

News stories | February 7, 2019

It's wise to be mindful of protecting your possessions and items that belong to your school. Here are some tips for safeguarding valuables.


News stories | February 7, 2019

In his first executive budget proposal since Democrats took control of the state Senate, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for a $1 billion increase in education spending, for a total $27.7 billion. 


News stories | February 7, 2019

UFT delegates at the Delegate Assembly on Jan. 16 unanimously passed a resolution in support of the striking Los Angeles teachers. 


Testimony | February 6, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York State Senate and Assembly Committees on Finance, Ways & Means and Education regarding the proposed fiscal year executive budget.

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