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September 6, 2018

Paid parental leave a godsend for new parents

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.

Starting off by the book

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.

Anti-labor email barrage targets union members

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.

See change

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.

UFT to new hires: We want you!

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.


UFT saves jobs of 239 nonpublic school members

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.


UFT members have assaulted nurse’s back

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.

Tish James is UFT choice for attorney general

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.


July 5, 2018

Court: Charters can't shortcut certification

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.

UFT ‘will remain strong’ despite Janus ruling

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.

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