President's perspective

February 1, 2018

All eyes on Janus

The anti-union propaganda machine is already preparing ads for the post-Janus world urging workers to “give yourself a raise” and stop paying dues. We need to educate members to see through this ploy — you can’t get something for nothing.

January 4, 2018

Good deeds to build on

We often talk about how the union provides concrete value— the many rights and benefits that we enjoy as UFT members. But you also belong to a community of public school educators and other professionals who are motivated to help others and whose good deeds ripple far beyond the classroom.

December 7, 2017

All our children

UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.

November 2, 2017

Coming for your rights and benefits

Our opponents want to take away your rights and benefits by weakening the union. They are now arguing in the courts that non-members should not be required to pay fair-share or agency fees to cover their portion of costs associated with collective bargaining and union services. 


October 5, 2017

Why your NO vote on Nov. 7 matters

A proposal rife with consequences for UFT members and their families is on the ballot on Nov. 7: whether or not to hold a constitutional convention in the state of New York. You must vote NO and tell your friends, family members and colleagues to do the same. 


September 7, 2017

New year, new challenges

Welcome back. We're off to a good start, but there is no denying that we are living in turbulent times.

July 6, 2017

We held fast, but more battles loom

Who would have thought in November that we would be where we are now? We celebrate the conclusion of a successful school year for public school educators, but it didn’t look so great just seven months ago.

June 1, 2017

Spring awakening

The inspiring address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at our Spring Conference on May 13 couldn’t have come at a better time.

May 4, 2017

When Randi met Betsy

The visit by Betsy DeVos and Randi Weingarten to public schools in rural Ohio showcased what public education is — and what we are fighting to protect.

April 6, 2017

Trump’s bad news budget

In the president’s budget blueprint, we see this is a zero-sum game with clear winners and losers. The score can be tallied in dollars awarded and dollars taken away.

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