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March 7, 2019

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.

February 7, 2019

Teacher voice the focus of UFT TV ad

With the new Department of Education-UFT contract that increases educators’ professional voice going into effect, it’s only fitting that the union’s latest television ad campaign focuses on that very subject.

Lawmakers vote to cut tie between state test scores and teacher ratings

In a huge victory for the UFT, both houses of the state Legislature on Jan. 23 voted overwhelmingly to end the requirement that state test scores be used in evaluating teachers in New York State.

2% pay increase on Feb. 14

The salaries of UFT-represented employees covered by ratified Department of Education-UFT contracts will increase by 2 percent on Feb. 14.

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