News Archive

News | June 20, 2018

After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for UFT members.

News | June 20, 2018

On June 20, 2018, the UFT and the DOE announced a new policy providing paid parental leave for UFT members employed by the DOE. Here are answers to some questions about the new policy.

Press releases | June 20, 2018

Mayor de Blasio and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew today announced an agreement to provide paid parental leave for thousands of UFT-represented New York City employees.

Press releases | June 19, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to a judge's ruling striking down a regulation that would have allowed charter schools to certify their own teachers.

News | June 11, 2018

Download the presentations from the UFT's Safety and Health trainings on June 7, 2018. 

News stories | June 7, 2018

New York City Council members attending the UFT’s May 3 legislative breakfast heard why it’s important to continue supporting five of the UFT’s signature programs: Teacher’s Choice, the Community Learning Schools Initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-a-Teacher homework helpline.

News briefs | June 7, 2018

The Illinois state Board of Education on May 16 assumed far-reaching authority over special education in Chicago’s public schools. 

News briefs | June 7, 2018

North Carolina experienced the largest organized political action by teachers in the state’s history on May 16 as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to rally in the state capital for higher wages and education funding. The event shut down public schools for more than 1 million students.

News briefs | June 7, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

News briefs | June 7, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

News briefs | June 7, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has largely dismantled her department’s team responsible for investigating fraud and abuse at for-profit colleges.

News stories | June 7, 2018

The UFT honored 180 high 
school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.

News stories | June 7, 2018

Space physicist Jerry Goldstein is still grateful for the Albert Shanker college scholarship he received 30 years ago.

News stories | June 7, 2018

With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly days away from issuing a ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged chapter leaders and delegates at the May 16 Delegate Assembly to make sure members in their chapters understand what is at stake for them in the case.

News stories | June 7, 2018

A courageous Federation of Nurses/UFT member faced the former patient who attacked her as he was sentenced on May 4 in State Supreme Court on Staten Island. The nurse's assailant will serve two to four years under the state’s 2010 Violence against Nurses law, which made it a felony to assault an on-duty registered nurse or licensed practical nurse after years of lobbying by the UFT.

News stories | June 7, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 30 slammed the city’s reluctance to extend paid parental leave to UFT members as “clear gender bias.”

News stories | June 7, 2018

UFT members employed by the Department of Education will receive a wage increase of 3 percent, effective June 16, in accordance with the UFT-DOE contract ratified in 2014.

News stories | June 7, 2018

Facing the threat of the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME headed the agenda at New York State United Teachers’ annual Representative Assembly on April 27–28. 


News stories | June 7, 2018

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a rousing defense of public education and the unstoppable drive toward equity in his speech at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.

News stories | June 7, 2018

Some 1,600 UFT members came together at the union’s Spring Education Conference to recharge and recommit to making New York City the best urban school system in the nation even as they face a serious threat to their livelihoods from the pending Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME case.


News stories | June 7, 2018

In a spirited morning town hall on public education, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for more unrestricted funds to go to schools so classroom educators can decide how that money is spent.


News stories | June 7, 2018

Ten Federation of Nurses/UFT members were recognized for their exceptional union service and excellence in patient care at the fifth annual Nurse Recognition Day on May 14.


News stories | June 7, 2018

Twenty-six members of the UFT Family Child Care Providers Chapter were recognized at the chapter's fifth annual Provider Appreciation Awards on May 1. While it was their night to be recognized, the award winners said their true rewards come from doing their jobs every day.

News stories | June 7, 2018

For the fifth year in a row, UFT members laced up their running sneakers and hit the Coney Island boardwalk for the UFT’s 5K Run/Walk on May 5.

News stories | June 7, 2018

Charles Sutera, who served as the UFT’s vice president for middle schools from 1987 to 1995, passed away in May. 


News stories | June 7, 2018

The public face of the federal lawsuit attacking unions — Illinois child support specialist Mark Janus — owes his own job to a union.

News stories | June 7, 2018

A bill to uncouple standardized test scores from teacher evaluations and delete them from students’ permanent records may be close to being approved by state lawmakers.

News stories | June 7, 2018

There was something for everyone at the Spring Education Conference’s bustling exhibit hall where members filled shopping bags with vendors’ giveaways and marveled at the accomplishments of the career and technical education high school students demonstrating their skills.

News stories | June 7, 2018

David Kazansky has been reelected to serve a second three-year term as one of three teacher trustees on the board of the Teachers’ Retirement System.

News | June 4, 2018

Promotion decisions for students who are held to modified promotion criteria are based on progress towards appropriately rigorous, annual goals for literacy and math; evidence of progress towards those annual goals must be captured in the student’s promotion portfolio. 

News | June 1, 2018

Co-teachers in integrated co-teaching classes and English as a new language teachers who provide standalone and/or integrated instruction have the right to file reorganization grievances if they are programmed to have an unreasonable number of class preparations or multiple different rooms in which they teach. Reorganization grievances must be filed within two days of receiving the program through the chapter leader.   

Op-Eds | May 31, 2018

If New York City is going to have the first-class public education system it deserves, then the new chancellor and the city’s Panel for Educational Policy need to tackle the widespread academic segregation in the city’s high schools — a problem within their power to solve. 

News stories | May 3, 2018

Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.

News stories | May 3, 2018

City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to negotiate a fair paid parental leave policy for New York City public school educators at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on April 24.

News stories | May 3, 2018

In spite of fiscal threats from the federal government, state lawmakers passed a new budget on March 31 that includes $1 billion in additional funding for schools statewide. New York City public school funding will receive a $334 million share of that increase.

News briefs | May 3, 2018

Educators in Arizona became the latest to join the wave of job actions when they voted on April 19 to launch the state’s first-ever statewide walkout. Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, had offered teachers a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, beginning with a 9 percent increase next year.

News briefs | May 3, 2018

Schools in more than 20 Kentucky counties closed on March 30 after teachers walked off the job in angry protest of a pension bill that Republican lawmakers sneaked through the Legislature.

News briefs | May 3, 2018

Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on April 3 to demand teacher and support-staff raises and better funding for their schools.

News stories | May 3, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 18 gave chapter leaders and delegates a sneak preview of the union’s new app that offers a simple, fast way to connect with the union and take advantage of member-only resources and discounts.



News stories | May 3, 2018

Before a packed house of labor leaders and union members at UFT headquarters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on April 12 protecting New York’s public sector unions, including the UFT, from providing costly services to workers who do not pay to support those services. 



News stories | May 3, 2018

The salaries of UFT members employed by the Department of Education will increase a total of 5 percent this spring as part of the UFT-DOE contract ratified in 2014.

News stories | May 3, 2018

Dedicated high school teachers and outstanding school chapters were honored at the fourth annual UFT Academic High School Awards Celebration on April 13.

News stories | May 3, 2018

The UFT has successfully negotiated a new four-year contract with four New Visions charter schools, winning a pay increase totaling 8 percent, a shorter work day and a shorter school year.

News stories | May 3, 2018

The time has come again for UFT members to choose their union representatives at the school level. UFT members in each school or functional chapter must conduct chapter elections to determine who will represent them for the next three years.

News stories | May 3, 2018

Are you planning to retire soon from active employment? If so, you’ll need to maintain your UFT membership as a retiree in order to continue participating in NYSUT Member Benefits-endorsed programs and services.


News | April 26, 2018

Here are some helpful instructions on how to register online for the 2018 Spring Education Conference.

Union resolutions | April 18, 2018

The United Federation of Teachers will fully support and participate in the May Day 2018 Rally for Worker and Immigrant Rights at 5:30 p.m. in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Press releases | April 13, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Working Families Party's endorsement of Cynthia Nixon in her bid for governor.

News | April 10, 2018

The DOE has released its 2018-19 school year calendar.

News stories | April 5, 2018

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 was “Press for Progress,” and UFT members did just that by wearing purple — the color traditionally associated with International Women’s Day — in support of the UFT’s campaign for paid parental leave. 


News stories | April 5, 2018

In the wake of a new federal tax policy that hurts New York State, the UFT sent more than 1,100 members and public school parents to Albany on March 19 to talk face-to-face with state lawmakers about the need to protect New York City public schools from Washington, D.C.

News stories | April 5, 2018

Middle school educators embraced their roles as “mentors, counselors, parents and advisors” at the UFT's 5th annual Middle School Conference held at union headquarters on March 3.

News stories | April 5, 2018

Richard Carranza, the Houston schools superintendent and a strong advocate of public schools, was selected by Mayor Bill de Blasio on March 5 to be the next New York City schools chancellor.

News stories | April 5, 2018

It was not yet dawn on Saturday, March 24, when 38 students at Martin Van Buren HS in Queens Village boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C.

News briefs | April 5, 2018

Global education corporation Pearson will sell off its K–12 curriculum business in the United States.

News briefs | April 5, 2018

Tens of thousands of students walked out of schools across the country on March 14 to protest Congressional inaction on gun violence.

News briefs | April 5, 2018

Unionized workers at the U.S. Department of Education filed a complaint on March 13 accusing the department of attempting to bust their union.</p>

News briefs | April 5, 2018

After an earlier veto threat, President Donald Trump signed a spending bill on March 23 that provides $70 billion for federal education initiatives — a 6 percent increase over the previous year. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had sought to slash $9.2 billion from the 2018 education budget.

News briefs | April 5, 2018

Only a month after West Virginia teachers walked off the job to protest low pay and sky-high health insurance premiums, Oklahoma educators who have not had a raise in a decade are poised to stage a strike of their own. Teachers in Oklahoma earn $45,000 a year on average, the second-lowest salary in the country.

News stories | April 5, 2018

All play has a purpose, author Kristi Mraz told 600 educators at the UFT’s 11th annual Early Childhood Conference on March 17. They began the day at union headquarters in Manhattan by tossing a beach ball around the audience and then settled in for workshops to support the day's theme of “Ready, set, grow!”

News stories | April 5, 2018

Keep calm and counsel on. T-shirts given out at the UFT’s 14th annual School Counselors Conference on March 10 at union headquarters in Manhattan bore those words because that’s what school counselors do, School Counselors Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson told the more than 200 members gathered in Shanker Hall.

News stories | April 5, 2018

There is strength in organizing. One Queens community proved that on March 1, when the Panel for Educational Policy rejected the Department of Education’s plan to shut two Far Rockaway schools.


News stories | April 5, 2018

State Assemblywoman Stacey Amato — a former paraprofessional — called paras “the backbone of every classroom in every school,” at the 37th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon on March 10 that drew nearly 1,000 paras to the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate each other and their profession.


News stories | April 5, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educators at the Changing School Climate breakfast discussion on March 23 at union headquarters in Manhattan said the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools are proven methods to help students cope with emotional issues and improve school discipline.


News stories | April 5, 2018

Registration is open for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, May 19, at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.

News stories | April 5, 2018

With higher voter turnout than ever before, Federation of Nurses/UFT members employed at NYU Langone-Brooklyn Hospital, formerly Lutheran Hospital, overwhelmingly ratified a new contract on March 4 with no givebacks and a 2 percent pay increase in each of the two years.

Press releases | March 28, 2018

Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, issued a statement in response to the appellate division's decision to allow an anti-tenure lawsuit to proceed.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT, in solidarity with the Asociacíon de Maestros de Puerto Rico and other trade unions, will continue to find solutions that advance our shared values of public education and worker rights through collective bargaining.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT will continue to fight to get the Campaign for Fiscal Equity monies dispersed to NYC schools.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT will provide accessible gender-neutral restrooms in all its facilities.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT will stand with anti-gun violence activists, including the brave and outspoken students of New York City and Parkland, to make this country a safer place and will work with advocates and students across this country to make needed changes happen.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT will work with other municipal unions to come up with a long-term plan to ensure the health of the labor movement in the state while we await the Janus decision.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

We, the current members of the UFT, heartily thank those who preceded us and whose efforts allow us today to proudly celebrate our 58th anniversary, knowing that the UFT has made unique and important contributions to public education, to unionism and to millions of people’s lives.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT will actively participate in the “I Am 2018” campaign, culminating with events in Memphis in the first week of April 2018.

Union resolutions | March 28, 2018

The UFT reaffirms 1) the right of educators to shape professional development programming, including the creation of school-based climate equity teams, 2) increased counselor-to-student ratios, 3) social-emotional  intelligence programs that matches the needs of students and their community.

Testimony | March 23, 2018

UFT Vice President for Elementary Schools Karen Alford testified before the New York City Council Committees on Finance and Education regarding the proposed FY 2019 budget.

Op-Eds | March 19, 2018

The thousands of New York City students who walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to honor those murdered in the Parkland, Florida mass-shooting didn’t ask for Kevlar vests or gun-toting teachers. They do want adults to do the hard work to make their schools safe — to stand up to the national gun lobby, but also to arm staff with knowledge, such as how to create safe school environments, and to train them in how to recognize and de-escalate potentially violent situations.

News | March 14, 2018
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Press releases | March 14, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the student walkouts in many New York City public schools in response to gun violence.

News | March 8, 2018

In response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, young people nationwide, including many New York City public school students, are planning to walk out of school for 17 minutes — one for every person killed — at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 to protest the U.S. Congress’ inaction.

News | March 6, 2018

Due to the snowstorm, some UFT events scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 have been canceled.

Press releases | March 5, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Mayor Bill de Blasio's selection of Richard Carranza, the Houston schools chief, as the DOE's new chancellor.

News | March 2, 2018

The Teachers' Retirement System of New York's divestment from gun manufacturers, which began in February 2013, is now complete.

News briefs | March 1, 2018

The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Jan. 29 that its members had voted to merge with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.

News briefs | March 1, 2018

The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools announced Feb. 5 that it will cease operations after its founder and CEO, Jeremiah Kittredge, was terminated for “inappropriate behavior.”

News briefs | March 1, 2018

AFT President Randi Weingarten and Lily Eskelsen García, the president of the National Education Association, were met with locked doors at the U.S. Education Department on Feb. 8 when they attempted to deliver more than 80,000 report cards grading Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on her first year in office.

News briefs | March 1, 2018

Billionaire Charles Koch and his allies are pouring money into a massive campaign to transform education in the United States from a fundamental right to a commodity.

News briefs | March 1, 2018

Puerto Rico’s governor announced on Feb. 5 that he will pursue school privatization policies as the island continues to suffer from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Press releases | March 1, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the news that Alberto Carvalho would not accept the position of New York City schools chancellor as previously announced.

News stories | March 1, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard spirited arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a lawsuit aimed at starving public-employee unions, including the UFT, of the funding they need to provide services to and advocate for workers.

News stories | March 1, 2018

AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas told her story, about what Wisconsin public school educators gave up when they lost collective bargaining rights, at a series of meetings with classroom teachers, UFT staff and press and at a packed Delegate Assembly during a recent two-day visit.

News stories | March 1, 2018

Thousands of UFT members at schools across the city wore the color on Valentine’s Day to show their love for their union.

Press releases | March 1, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Panel for Educational Policy vote against closing PS/MS 42 and MS 53 in Far Rockaway, Queens.

News stories | March 1, 2018

Testifying in Albany on the governor’s proposed budget on Jan. 31, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on state lawmakers to boost foundation aid for public schools in the face of fiscal threats from the federal government. 


News stories | March 1, 2018

The UFT leadership is asking all union members to sign nominating petitions to reelect David Kazansky to a second three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.


News stories | March 1, 2018

Brooklyn Collegiate was pronounced “dead” in early January as one of 14 low-performing schools the Department of Education said it would close this coming June. But the Brooklyn Collegiate community, with the support of the UFT, joined together and convinced the DOE to give the Brownsville high school another chance — at least for another year. 


News stories | March 1, 2018

In light of the upcoming contract negotiations between the UFT and the Department of Education, the union has asked its functional chapter members for their priorities to ensure that the UFT negotiating committee is aware of these members’ job-related concerns and issues

News stories | March 1, 2018

The UFT Charter HS in Brooklyn won unanimous approval from the SUNY Charter Schools Committee on Feb. 13 for a five-year renewal of the school’s operating charter. 



News stories | March 1, 2018

After contentious negotiations that brought the union to the brink of a strike, Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Jan. 30 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new two-year contract that preserves their hard-fought rights and benefits.

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