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News | February 14, 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.

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.

News | February 13, 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 | 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.

Press releases | January 23, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the state Senate's passing of a bill that eliminates the requirement that state tests be used to evaluate teachers.

Press releases | January 22, 2019

The UFT launched a television ad campaign on Jan. 23 featuring New York City public school teachers, parents and students and celebrating teachers’ voice in the New York City public school system.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers stands in solidarity with the public school teachers of Los Angeles, and their union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

The UFT endorses reforms to expand voting rights in New York State, including the establishment of early voting, automatic voter registration, flexibility to change party affiliation, the permanent restoration of voting rights to parolees, the consolidation of party primaries, same-day voter registration, well-designed ballots and working voting machines.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

We urge NYSUT, NEA, AFT and AFL-CIO to reiterate their longstanding position that Medicare be given the right to negotiate drug prices and that we urge Congress to make this a priority.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

The UFT will support its grassroots efforts to bind the membership together by offering Delegate Assembly training to chapter leaders and delegates so they may learn how to write resolutions and use Robert’s Rules of Order.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

The UFT stands with the New Museum employees in their effort to organize and join UAW Local 2110.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019

The United Federation of Teachers supports AFGE’s demands and urges Trump and Congressional Republicans to withdraw their absurd and offensive insistence on funding for an unnecessary border wall.

National education and labor news | January 3, 2019
More than 500 charter school teachers in Chicago carried out the nation’s first charter school strike in December.
National education and labor news | January 3, 2019
The U.S. Department of Education is forgiving college loans for teachers with federal grants that were mistakenly converted into loans through a troubled assistance program.
News stories | January 3, 2019

Although the new UFT contract doesn’t officially take effect until Feb. 14, UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged those attending the Delegate Assembly on Dec. 12 to start the utilizing the part of the agreement that gives new authority to chapter leaders to prod principals to address operational issues at their schools.


News stories | January 3, 2019

The UFT welcomed newly elected and veteran state lawmakers to a breakfast forum on Dec. 18 to educate them about three union-backed education initiatives that need funding in the upcoming state budget: the UFT Teacher Center, UFT Community Learning Schools and the Positive Learning Collaborative.

News stories | January 3, 2019

The Department of Education employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing occupational therapy to adapting computers for special needs children. Here is how the UFT represents them.

National education and labor news | January 3, 2019

The Trump administration announced on Dec. 6 that it will lower health protections for school lunches.

News stories | January 3, 2019

Employees at the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls, a charter school, voted unanimously on Nov. 26 to join the UFT.


News stories | January 3, 2019

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined more than 1,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 workers and their supporters at a rally outside Charter/Spectrum’s corporate offices on 23rd Street in Manhattan on Dec. 5.

News stories | January 3, 2019

Teamwork often comes into play when UFT members are doing their jobs — and sometimes, as it did at lunchtime on Nov. 7 at the Richard H. Hungerford School, a District 75 school in Stapleton, Staten Island, it can save a life.

News stories | January 3, 2019

New York City schools will receive another $383 million for new technology and needed improvements in the coming year, thanks to the Smart Schools Bond Act, a UFT-backed measure approved by voters in 2014.

News stories | January 3, 2019

Now that the city has expedited its plan to provide all schools with air conditioning, the UFT wants the details for its members.


Press releases | December 27, 2018

The United Federation of Teachers saw an increase in both the total numbers of workers represented and in the number dues payers in the 12 months that ended July 31, 2018, according to its annual filing with the United States Department of Labor.

News stories | December 21, 2018
Testimony | December 18, 2018

The UFT testified before the New York City Council Committees on Education and Finance regarding the fiscal year 2019-24 capital plan.

Press releases | December 17, 2018

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's speech outlining his agenda for the first 100 days of 2019.

Testimony | December 17, 2018

UFT Director of Staff Ellie Engler testified before the New York City Council on Civil Service and Labor jointly with Committee on Health regarding oversight of the survivors' state of health of 9/11 responders and the surrounding community.

Union resolutions | December 12, 2018

The UFT urges its members to unequivocally support Occupational and Physical Therapists in schools and at union events as we embark on the renegotiation of an equitable contract.

Union resolutions | December 12, 2018

The UFT reaffirms its support of initiatives from organizations — including the Anti-Defamation League, Latino Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Pride at Work, APALA, LCLAA, the NAACP and Black Lives Matter — that has as its goal the pursuit and preservation of social justice in our classrooms and society and urges its members to take every opportunity to promote respect and inclusion and use culturally responsive practices and instructional activities that foster equity and empower students to become conscientious citizens of the world

Union resolutions | December 12, 2018

The UFT stands with organizations from across the political, religious and social spectrum — from the AFT, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Archdiocese of New York, to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter and the Anti-Defamation League — in repudiating the rhetoric of hate.

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.

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