President's perspective

September 27, 2012

Lesson of Chicago strike: Be sure to vote

After seven days off the job, 26,000 Chicago public school teachers ended their strike and returned to work — with a tentative contract deal in hand — on Sept. 19. Their strike was the first teachers strike in Chicago in 25 years.

September 6, 2012

Challenges, excitement lie ahead

The year ahead will have its challenges, but it will also be an exciting year for our union and our profession. We now have an opportunity to move education forward for ourselves and for our students.

June 28, 2012

Moving forward, working together

It has been a long and difficult year, but by working together we have overcome the many obstacles thrown our way by those who would denigrate our profession and try to destroy our union. Rest assured: In New York City’s “public school wars,” we are on the right side of history, and by continuing to work together we will be here when that history is written.

June 14, 2012

Protecting children is our first priority

Spreading lies and misinformation about the UFT has become something of a game for City Hall. It’s all part of a strategy to deflect from the public’s overwhelming dissatisfaction with the mayor and his mismanagement of our public schools. The latest salvo shamefully tried to politicize the issue of sexual misconduct against students and get in a few cheap shots against teachers.

May 24, 2012

Moving school system forward is our responsibility

More than any other organization the UFT is positioned to lead the effort to make New York City’s schools the greatest school system in the United States. We will never stop fighting until our school system is the best school system in this country.

May 10, 2012

A new educational website

The UFT is taking the lead in New York City to help design a U.S.-based version of the British educational website TES, which boasts over 330,000 unique educational resources designed by real teachers to use in their own classrooms that they have decided to share. 

April 19, 2012

Skipping the puppet show

In case you missed it during the break, Mayor Bloomberg has announced that he is now working with Joel Klein, former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, Eva Moskowitz and a cast of other characters from the so-called education “reform” movement to form a new statewide organization, StudentsFirstNY.

April 5, 2012

We must turn to each other for support

The UFT has always stood for teachers helping teachers, but that aspect of our mission has never been so critically important as it is now, in these final years of the Bloomberg administration. The work you have done to support each other in these difficult times has been astounding.

March 22, 2012

Paying for Wall Street’s mistakes

hat the governor and state Legislature have done by enacting pension “reform” is a slap in the face to public-sector workers in New York City and across New York State. Current public-sector workers and retirees will not be affected by the sixth pension tier that the politicians in Albany have created, but future hires will have to work longer and contribute more to receive a smaller payout after they retire.

March 8, 2012

A betrayal of trust

There is no love lost between teachers and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but the mayor’s breaking of his word by failing to fight the release of the error-ridden Teacher Data Reports that the city promised would never be shown to the public is the last straw for many New York City educators.

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