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After roughly six months of sometimes contentious negotiations, approximately 800 UFT-represented workers at United Cerebral Palsy of New York City have a new contract.
Taking a page from the playbook of civil rights activists, the right wing has embraced the strategy of using litigation to drive national policy change.
Putting a silver lining around one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, four Brooklyn schools on Nov. 18 formally launched the Greenpoint Eco-Schools Project, a major conservation and recycling program.
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A coalition of 22 state attorneys general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold existing law that protects the right of public-sector unions to collect “fair share” fees from workers who do not choose to join the union but are covered by collective-bargaining agreements that benefit them.
Thanks to a unique collaboration between the UFT, the Department of Education and the New Teacher Center — a nonprofit organization facilitating a professional learning series for mentors — mentor teachers in District 12 in central Bronx are participating in full-day training sessions.
The UFT is calling on its members to vote for four candidates it endorsed in the upcoming Nov. 3 elections.
At a public hearing in Albany on the state’s new receivership plan for struggling schools, UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds declared the UFT’s firm opposition, calling it a “heavy-handed action” that does nothing to improve the quality of instruction and support for children facing the greatest challenges.
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have joined together with other public sector unions to combat the right’s attempt to use a case before the U.S. Supreme Court to hamstring them financially by abolishing agency fees for public-sector workers, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on Oct. 14.
Science teacher Kathryn Wichnovitz watched as hundreds of people wearing variations of pink in everything from sweaters and hats to tutus thronged the boardwalk and parks at Midland Beach in Staten Island for the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 18.
Eighteen paraprofessionals are now serving as chapter leaders, triple the number in 2012, the year of the last chapter leader elections.
At the first Delegate Assembly of the 2015-16 school year, UFT President Michael Mulgrew asserted that “every year there is a crisis.” Then he revealed the reasons why this year will be no different.
City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19.
The terrible recession that hit New York City in 2007–8 was officially over in June 2009, but it was far from over for the city’s low-income families. Stagnant wages and soaring rents have forced thousands of children into homelessness in the years since 2008, with a devastating impact on their academic lives.
Following intense lobbying by the UFT, NYSUT and parents, a divided state Board of Regents on Sept. 16 delayed giving its final approval to the new teacher evaluation system. Instead, the board proposed three significant changes aimed at making the process fairer.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sept. 16 unveiled a far-reaching plan to transform the city’s schools over the next 10 years.
In accordance with the 2014 contract, UFT members who worked for the Department of Education between 2009 and 2015 (plus those who retired after June 30, 2014) will receive a lump-sum payment of 12. 5 percent, representing one-eighth of the amount they have accrued between 2009 and 2015.
Chancellor Carmen Fariña, elected officials, and students on Sept. 24 celebrated the New York City public school system’s first observance of the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Adha at an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan.
The UFT on Sept. 24 launched a new TV ad to kick off its yearlong campaign celebrating the passion and promise of New York City public schools.
With smiling faces, loaded backpacks and high hopes for the year ahead, students across the city headed back to school on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
It’s time to reserve your seat for the UFT’s annual Teacher Union Day on Sunday, Nov. 1, at the New York Hilton Hotel. This year’s event honors the UFT chapters of seven schools across the city that galvanized their communities to fight back against Gov. Cuomo’s harmful attacks on public education last spring with a range of creative actions.