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March 7, 2019

New contractual process kicks in to address oversize classes

The UFT began an expedited process of contract arbitration to resolve oversize classes in five chronically overcrowded high schools as the class-size reduction provisions in the new DOE-UFT contract took effect.

50 schools join Bronx plan

Fifty schools in the Bronx, East New York, Brownsville and Far Rockaway will join the Bronx Collaborative Schools Plan, an initiative that empowers educators at these schools to drive school improvement.

Say goodbye to SESIS

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

New contract gives more voice — so use it!

The state of the union — as in the United Federation of Teachers — is good, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on Feb. 13.

Members urged to nominate Debra Penny for TRS board

The UFT leadership is urging members to sign nominating petitions to re-elect UFT Treasurer Debra Penny to a new three-year term as a trustee on the Teachers’ Retirement System board.


Unions to the rescue

Thanks to a partnership between the UFT, NYSUT and the AFT, every single teacher in the U.S. Virgin Islands — 1,400 in all — received a tote bag full of school supplies to help their classrooms recover from the 2017 hurricanes that devastated the islands.


UFT seeks $2.2 billion more for schools

Testifying in Albany on Feb. 6 on the executive budget, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for a $2.2 billion increase in education funding in the coming fiscal year — substantially more than the governor proposed.


Union founder Ray Frankel dies

Ray Frankel, a founding UFT member who continued to serve the union until the end of her life, died on Feb. 23 at the age of 98. Her union work was her life and her true love.

Final bargaining unit ratifies revised contract

Members of the lone bargaining unit to vote down the Department of Education-UFT contract last fall ratified a revised agreement on Jan. 31, allowing them to receive their February salary increases with all other UFT-represented employees who work for the DOE.


Big pay day for VNS licensed practical nurses

Licensed practical nurses at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York — members of the Federation of Nurses/UFT — unanimously ratified a two-year contract on Jan. 30 that provides for the largest salary increase in the history of the chapter.

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