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January 4, 2018

What you need to know about functional chapters

Although the union is called the United Federation of Teachers, the membership has grown to include many other types of educators and professionals who serve the children of New York City in a variety of ways.
These Department of Education-employed members have functional chapters of their own to address common issues and concerns.

Winter wonderland for homeless kids

With the season's first snowfall dusting the streets, the holidays came early for 150 homeless children who celebrated at the annual holiday party hosted by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless on Dec. 9.

Membership teams form at schools, worksites

The UFT is putting together a membership team at each school or worksite to speak with members and make sure they are aware of what’s at stake in the anti-union Janus case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Showered with wishes for paid parental leave

When the UFT launched its fight for paid parental leave in November, more than 6,000 members joined the campaign. In December, chapter leaders and engaged members organized “baby showers” in their schools to educate fellow members about parental leave issues and share stories about how the DOE’s lack of paid parental leave has affected them.

Assembly speaker discusses budget

With state lawmakers gearing up for the legislative session that begins in January, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie came to union headquarters on Dec. 12 to talk about the state economy and next year’s budget priorities. Hanging over everything was the Republican tax overhaul and possible federal budget cuts, both of which could squeeze state education funding.

Members learn how to aid immigrant students

Sixty UFT members from across the city learned how they can help immigrant students who are at risk of harassment and deportation at an immigration training session at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on Dec. 7.

As union members, ‘you can make a difference’

Giving nurses a voice in decisions that affect patient care was a major theme at the 2017 Professional Issues Conference of the Federation of Nurses/UFT, held on Nov. 17 and 18.

Honorees warned of latest threats to unions

UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on new retirees “to fight back on the issues that affect us” as threats to workers' rights intensify, when he addressed the union’s annual luncheon held in their honor at the New York Hilton on Nov. 21.

Administrative ed officers and analysts ratify first contract

Administrative education officers and analysts on Dec. 7 overwhelmingly ratified their first collective-bargaining agreement with the city Department of Education.

Double victory for Brooklyn school

UFT members, parents and community advocates at PS 335 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn have won a major victory: Not only did they defeat a Department of Education proposal to co-locate a charter elementary school inside their building, but they also successfully advocated for the opening of a new public middle school in the space instead.

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