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June 7, 2018

Council members urged to back UFT programs

New York City Council members attending the UFT’s May 3 legislative breakfast heard why it’s important to continue supporting five of the UFT’s signature programs: Teacher’s Choice, the  Community Learning Schools Initiative, the Positive Learning Collaborative, the BRAVE anti-bullying program and the Dial-a-Teacher homework helpline.

City’s ‘gender bias’ blocks paid parental leave

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 30 slammed the city’s reluctance to extend paid parental leave to UFT members as “clear gender bias.”

‘Our destiny rests in our hands’

With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly days away from issuing a ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged chapter leaders and delegates at the May 16 Delegate Assembly to make sure members in their chapters understand what is at stake for them in the case.

3 percent raise in late June

UFT members employed by the Department of Education will receive a wage increase of 3 percent, effective June 16, in accordance with the UFT-DOE contract ratified in 2014.

Janus threat tops NYSUT RA agenda

Facing the threat of the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME headed the agenda at New York State United Teachers’ annual Representative Assembly on April 27–28. 

Chancellor: It’s about ‘social justice’

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a rousing defense of public education and the unstoppable drive toward equity in his speech at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.

Town hall features Council speaker

In a spirited morning town hall on public education, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for more unrestricted funds to go to schools so classroom educators can decide how that money is spent.

Union lends support to assaulted UFT nurse

A courageous Federation of Nurses/UFT member faced the former patient who attacked her as he was sentenced on May 4 in State Supreme Court on Staten Island. The nurse's assailant will serve two to four years under the state’s 2010 Violence against Nurses law, which made it a felony to assault an on-duty registered nurse or licensed practical nurse after years of lobbying by the UFT.

Fancy footwork

For the fifth year in a row, UFT members laced up their running sneakers and hit the Coney Island boardwalk for the UFT’s 5K Run/Walk on May 5.

Former VP Sutera dies

Charles Sutera, who served as the UFT’s vice president for middle schools from 1987 to 1995, passed away in May. 

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