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News | December 7, 2018

In December 2018, the DOE announced that students with verified accessibility needs will receive priority in admissions at fully or partially accessible buildings.

News stories | December 6, 2018

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the city Department of Education that gives members a compounded 7.7 percent pay raise over 43 months, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 4.

News stories | December 6, 2018

“This event and this room is for everybody,” said a beaming Silverio Pacifico, the instructional coach at the new UFT Teacher Center at PS 211 in the Bronx, as he raised an apple-cider toast to colleagues for their hard work preparing for the Nov. 14 grand opening.

News stories | December 6, 2018

The union faced some of the gravest threats in its history over the past year. At Teacher Union Day, members celebrated how the UFT had emerged stronger than ever because they had banded together to face those challenges.

National education and labor news | December 6, 2018

Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly defeated a ballot proposition on Nov. 6 that would have greatly expanded the state’s school voucher program. 

National education and labor news | December 6, 2018

Parents in Arizona fraudulently spent $700,000 of public money intended to help fund their children’s education during the 2018 fiscal year, according to a report by the state’s attorney general. 

News stories | December 6, 2018

Everybody got into the act at PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, when it came to raising money to buy coats and other winter clothing items for the annual UFT Thanksgiving Luncheon for homeless students.

National education and labor news | December 6, 2018

Teachers in Los Angeles plan to go on strike in January, barring a last-minute contract settlement. 

News stories | December 6, 2018

The UFT has formed a partnership with the National Student Debt Forgiveness Center and longtime Retired Teachers Chapter legal provider Feldman, Kramer & Monaco to help Department of Education-employed members burdened with student debt find, navigate and apply for federal debt relief or the right debt forgiveness program. The average student loan debt balance for a teacher is $40,000, according to a Federal Reserve survey.

News stories | December 6, 2018

With UFT volunteers helping power his way to victory, Andrew Gounardes on Nov. 6 defeated Republican incumbent Marty Golden to represent the 22nd New York Senate District in southern Brooklyn, opening the door for Democrats to gain control of the state Senate.

News stories | December 6, 2018

When UFT President Michael Mulgrew introduced Carmen Alvarez, the winner of the Charles Cogen Award at Teacher Union Day, he praised her passion for advocating for special needs children during her 28 years as the UFT vice president for special education.

Union resolutions | November 7, 2018

The UFT stands with UNITE HERE and the striking Marriott hotel workers in their effort to fight corporate greed and advocate for fair working conditions.

Union resolutions | November 7, 2018

The UFT will never forget what happened on Nov. 7, 1960, and will commemorate it each year as one of UFT’s greatest achievements, a job action that ultimately resulted in substantial and significant improvements in public education as well as the personal and professional lives of our members.

Union resolutions | November 7, 2018

The UFT unequivocally condemns the Senate confirmation process as a sham since the Republican leadership of the Senate Judiciary Committee has failed to evince any determination to adjudicate the truth of Ford’s claims or Kavanaugh’s fitness for the country’s highest court and have instead gone through the motions of the confirmation proceedings with the clear goal of placing Kavanaugh on the bench at all costs.

Press releases | November 4, 2018

Members of the United Federation of Teachers ratified a new contract that gives members a 7.7 percent pay raise over the 43-month pact.

News stories | November 1, 2018

The tentative DOE-UFT contract announced on Oct. 11 features important improvements for paraprofessionals, including job protections like due process rights similar to those of teachers.

News stories | November 1, 2018

It worked well to reduce paperwork. So the UFT and the Department of Education agreed in the proposed contract to expand the process to resolve other school-based disputes.

News stories | November 1, 2018

The UFT has thrown its full support behind Andrew Gounardes, who's running on the Democratic line to unseat State Senator Marty Golden, who represents the 22nd New York Senate District in southern Brooklyn.

National education and labor news | November 1, 2018

An Obama-era rule designed to help students cheated by for-profit colleges get relief on their education debt finally took effect on Oct. 16 after efforts by the Trump administration to block it.

News stories | November 1, 2018

About 3,000 UFT members participated in this year's Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk on Staten Island, while walks took place simultaneously in three other boroughs, on Long Island and in New Jersey. The walk each year raises awareness of the disease and funds to fight it.

News stories | November 1, 2018

The overriding theme of the proposed DOE-UFT contract agreement is empowering educators to fight for the working conditions they need to do their jobs.

News stories | November 1, 2018

In the proposed contract announced on Oct. 11, the UFT has negotiated an expedited process to bring relief to teachers facing oversize classes sooner and to address unresolved violations that must go to arbitration faster.

News stories | November 1, 2018

With the UFT’s help, a problem at the International HS at Prospect Heights is now water under the bridge and a state-of-the-art water station is making a big splash.

News stories | November 1, 2018

The Bronx plan in the proposed DOE-UFT contract to help schools that face the most challenges will be open to up to 120 schools, not just in the Bronx. These schools will receive additional funds and strategic support to better address the needs of their students.

News stories | November 1, 2018

The UFT reported a modest decrease in the total number of oversize classes in New York City public schools this fall for the second year in a row. By the tenth day of school, 401 schools citywide were out of compliance with 2,056 oversize classes, compared with 437 schools with 2,181 classes the previous year.

News stories | November 1, 2018

A successful UFT pilot program that places teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve with small groups of students for focused reading instruction will provide more opportunity for ATRs after its inclusion in the DOE-UFT tentative contract agreement.

National education and labor news | November 1, 2018

Missouri labor unions have taken the state to court over a new law championed by Republican lawmakers that makes it easier to fire state workers, saying the changes infringe on collective bargaining rights enshrined in the state constitution.

National education and labor news | November 1, 2018

The American Federation of Teachers on Oct. 3 filed a class-action lawsuit against Navient, one of the country’s largest administrators of federal student loans, accusing the company of steering borrowers in public service professions away from debt relief to boost its own profits.

Testimony | October 30, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council Committee on Education regarding the oversight and transparency of Fair Student Funding.

Press releases | October 28, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded to a week of hate-filled violence across the nation.

News | October 23, 2018

The World AIDS Day Student Poster Contest seeks commemorate World AIDS Day, increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and to inspire citizens to action, education and elimination of HIV/AIDS.

News | October 11, 2018

This agreement recognizes your hard work and dedication and empowers us to improve the teaching and learning conditions in our schools so we can provide the best possible education to our students. 

News stories | October 4, 2018

UFT-supported candidate Letitia “Tish” James won the Democratic nomination for state attorney general on Sept. 13, setting her up to make history as the first black woman to hold statewide office in New York should she win the general election in November.


News stories | October 4, 2018

More than 1,200 exuberant UFT members turned out in force to show union strength and pride at the city’s Labor Day Parade. 

National education and labor news | October 4, 2018

As the #MeToo movement gathers momentum, workers at McDonald’s deployed a potent tool from the labor movement to combat sexual harassment: a strike.

National education and labor news | October 4, 2018

The drinking water at 57 Detroit schools has tested positive for high levels of lead and copper. This means more than half of the 106 schools in Michigan’s largest school district have water unsafe for consumption. T

News stories | October 4, 2018

Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990. 


News stories | October 4, 2018

The absence of air conditioning in many schools made both teaching and learning conditions arduous during the first week of school, prompting the UFT to ask members to document conditions as the first step of a campaign to demand action from city and state agencies.

News stories | October 4, 2018

With more than 4,000 new hires entering schools in September, the UFT hosted “Get Ready to Launch” open houses in the five borough offices, plus one at union headquarters for new UFT members who work with special-needs students, during the last week of August.

News stories | October 4, 2018

Because you have a union that fights for you, eligible members are entitled to be compensated for the two 4 percent raises that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to members of some municipal unions in 2009 and 2010 but refused to give to public school educators at the time. UFT members currently on payroll who worked for the DOE between 2009 and 2018 will receive in October a lump-sum payment of 25 percent of the amount accrued to date.

News stories | October 4, 2018

UFT is well-positioned to protect its members’ rights and benefits as the 2018–19 school years gets underway, President Michael Mulgrew reported to chapter leaders from across the city at their annual start-of-school meeting on Sept. 20 in Shanker Hall.


National education and labor news | October 4, 2018

The provision by Washington state lawmakers of an additional $776 million in the state budget for teacher salaries sparked tense negotiations this summer between teachers’ unions and local school districts throughout the state. 

News stories | October 4, 2018

Because your pension is one of the most important benefits you have as a UFT member, the union’s Pension Department is expanding its outreach to help today’s in-service members better understand their pensions and plan for retirement.

News stories | October 4, 2018

The UFT has filed two grievances with the city Department of Education on behalf of more than a dozen teachers over substandard seating provided to them in January and June for grading Regents exams at distributive scoring sites. 


News | October 1, 2018

Members in schools with approved DOE parking spots should apply for new or renewed parking permits through the DOE’s self-serve portal by Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Op-Eds | October 1, 2018

New York City and New York State fell prey to the movement that made standardized tests in reading and math the only important measure of student and school success.

News | September 26, 2018

For the third straight year, New York City made more headway than the rest of the state on achieving proficiency in math and ELA for grades 3 through 8, according to test scores released by the state Education Department on Sept. 26.

Press releases | September 20, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the news that Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza approved a diversity plan on Sept. 20, 2018 to increase middle school diversity in Brooklyn’s District 15 after a year-long community-driven process and proposal.

Press releases | September 18, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the naming of Alhassan Susso of International Community HS in the South Bronx as the 2019 New York State Teacher of the YEar.

News stories | September 6, 2018

UFT members planning to have children were excited about the new paid parental leave policy and reassured about what it would mean for their families.

News stories | September 6, 2018

Hundreds of new teachers will start their school year with up to 50 free books apiece for their classroom, courtesy of the UFT’s book giveaway on Aug. 11.

National education and labor news | September 6, 2018

In a victory for unions, a federal judge on Aug. 25 invalidated three executive orders from the Trump administration intended to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their union representation.

National education and labor news | September 6, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced on Aug. 10 that the U.S. Department of Education will eliminate an Obama-era rule protecting students from for-profit post-secondary schools that load their students with debt without equipping them with the skills to find jobs where they can earn enough to pay it off.

News stories | September 6, 2018

Teachers and other government workers in New York and neighboring states were deluged with deceptive emails about opting out of their unions immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus ruling.

News stories | September 6, 2018

PS 188 in Brooklyn, one of the UFT's 31 community learning schools, just became the first school in New York State with a fully equipped, full-service vision clinic that will serve its students and the roughly 5,000 students attending neighboring Coney Island schools.

News stories | September 6, 2018

The UFT extended a welcoming hand to new hires in August as it launched an enrollment drive in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case in June.


News stories | September 6, 2018

The UFT in July squashed an attempt by about 120 religious schools in New York City to remove 239 members of the union's Nonpublic Schools Chapter who work in the schools and replace them with cheaper, less qualified third-party vendors. But the city DOE, the local education agency that decides how the money is spent, decided not to eliminate or reduce the number of DOE employees in those jobs for at least another year.


News stories | September 6, 2018

A Federation of Nurses/UFT member — bolstered by colleagues and other union members gathered in solidarity — stood up in state Supreme Court on Staten Island on Aug. 14 and bravely described how an assault by a patient has changed her life.

News stories | September 6, 2018

The UFT, through its state affiliate NYSUT, has endorsed Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James for state attorney general in New York’s Democratic Primary election on Thursday, Sept. 13.


National education and labor news | September 6, 2018

Voters in Missouri on Aug. 7 rejected a so-called “right-to-work” law by a 2-to-1 vote after labor unions in the state successfully organized to put the measure on the ballot as a referendum.

News | September 4, 2018

Speed cameras are coming back online to ward off dangerous drivers near New York City schools in time for the start of school.

Press releases | August 27, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to news that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order resurrecting New York City's speed camera program just in time for the school year.

Press releases | August 23, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to a report that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is considering allowing states to use federal funding to purchase guns for educators.

Op-Eds | August 20, 2018

Current proposals to deal with the appalling lack of black and Hispanic students in the city's specialized high schools by creating even more such "exam" schools are feeding the political and media obsession with these schools; at the same time this focus distracts the system from the much larger problem -- the academic isolation that affects tens of thousands of students in roughly 20 percent of city high schools. 

Press releases | August 16, 2018

The UFT issued a statement in response to an IBO analysis of the costs of paid parental leave.

Press releases | July 18, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in support of Gov. Cuomo's directive to the New York State Department of Labor to issue guidance on the recent Janus decision.

News | July 11, 2018

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education Leap to Teacher program offers free preparation workshops for New York State teacher certification exams.

News stories | July 5, 2018

The UFT and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers, won their battle to maintain rigorous certification standards for teachers when a New York State Supreme Court justice on June 19 struck down less stringent regulations established last October by the State University of New York. The union victory was a setback for the charter school lobby, which had pushed for the new rules.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018

Puerto Rico’s plan to close 265 public schools has hit a roadblock after a judge on June 11 ordered that the island stop the closure of at least nine schools.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018

The Washington Supreme Court ruled on June 7 that the state has at last complied with a court-ordered mandate to fully fund its education system by September of this year, ending a decade-long case known as the McCleary lawsuit.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos revealed on June 5 that her commission to study school safety, established in the wake of this year’s series of school shootings, will not study the issue of guns.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018

President Donald Trump upended a generation of protections for federal employees, signing executive orders on May 29 making it easier to fire workers for poor performance, limiting the time employees can be paid for union work and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher contracts with workers’ unions.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018

North Carolina legislators released a budget on May 28 that included a modest salary increase for teachers after a one-day teacher walkout shut down the state’s public schools on May 16.

News stories | July 5, 2018

The conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court on June 27 ruled against public sector unions nationwide in a decision that will make it more difficult for them to raise the funds necessary to support and advocate for the employees they represent.

News stories | July 5, 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 stories | July 5, 2018

The Municipal Labor Committee, the umbrella group of nearly 100 municipal labor unions of which the UFT is a member, has reached an agreement with the city on a plan to save $1.1 billion in employee health care costs while maintaining premium-free health insurance for city employees.

News stories | July 5, 2018

Negotiations have begun on the next DOE-UFT contract. The DOE and the union on June 7 held their first bargaining session, attended by members of the union’s 400-member negotiations committee.

News stories | July 5, 2018

The UFT has long argued that students and teachers are more than a single test score. That is why UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined School Chancellor Richard Carranza, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city elected officials on June 3 to call on state legislators to change a law that requires a single test for admission into the city’s eight specialized high schools.

News stories | July 5, 2018

In May 2017, Emily James, a mother of two and a teacher at Brooklyn Preparatory HS, decided to publish a petition on Change.org calling on the UFT and the DOE to implement a paid parental leave policy. In just a few months, James’ petition garnered more than 80,000 signatures and thrust the UFT’s efforts to negotiate a parental leave policy into the spotlight.

News stories | July 5, 2018

The New York City Council passed a city budget on June 14 that increases overall education spending and boosts funding for four UFT education programs and initiatives.

News stories | July 5, 2018

The city DOE’s scope and sequence for science in prekindergarten through grade 5 has been overhauled for the 2018–19 school year, thanks to the efforts of NYC science teachers. A team of 24 science teachers from across the city spent nearly a year working collaboratively on weekends to update the scope and sequence to align with the new state science standards.

News stories | July 5, 2018

Brooklyn teachers rallied outside state Sen. Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge on June 1 to try to change his mind — and his opposition — to the state bill to sever the mandatory link between students’ state test scores and teacher evaluations.

News | June 27, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on June 27, the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case, to prevent anti-worker groups from obtaining the personal information, including phone numbers and addresses, of government employees including teachers.

Press releases | June 27, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in support of the Municipal Labor Committee's agreement with the city of New York to save approximately $1.1 billion in employee health care costs over the next three years.

Op-Eds | June 27, 2018

The finding in the Janus case will make it more difficult for unions to gather the resources they need to defend the interests of workers and their families. But our union will remain strong, and we will not be silenced.

Press releases | June 27, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Janus ruling against labor unions.

Press releases | June 21, 2018

The UFT celebrates the opening of a OneSight vision center at PS 188 in Coney Island, a UFT Community Learning School. 

Union resolutions | June 20, 2018

The United Federation of Teachers fully supports the terms of its newly won paid parental leave benefit.

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.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018

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

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

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