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March 1, 2018

Supreme Court hears Janus arguments

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.

Fighting back after losing it all

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.

True love

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

Mulgrew asks state lawmakers to offset federal cuts

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. 

Kazansky is UFT choice for TRS post

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.

Brooklyn high school wins another chance

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. 

Members surveyed on contract priorities

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

UFT Charter School gets 5-year renewal

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. 

UFT nurses ratify 2-year contract with VNSNY

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.

Appeals court boots KIPP case vs. UFT

A federal appeals court on Jan. 30 rejected an attempt by the KIPP charter network to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the UFT.

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