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UFT Press Office
All inquiries from press organizations should be directed to Richard Riley, 212-598-9220.
Press releases | May 15, 2013
Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gave a speech today outlining his vision for the city’s public schools and slamming Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies. Among the goals cited by Thompson, a former head of the Board of Education, were expanding the city’s prekindergarten programs and the number of Community Learning Schools, an initiative that was launched by the UFT.
Press releases | May 11, 2013
Mulgrew urges next mayor to "drain the swamp" of DOE bureaucracy, reduce paperwork burden on teachers and administrators, find new ways to engage parents
Press releases | May 7, 2013
Monday, May 6, marked the first hearing in the fact-finding process for the UFT contract. The UFT will present the fact-finding panel with evidence that New York City public school teachers, in addition to having the largest class sizes and the neediest students, are on average the lowest paid in the region.
Press releases | May 2, 2013
Even though the contracts with the city’s 300,000 workers, including UFT-represented educators, have all expired, the executive budget that he proposed on May 2 contains no money for back pay. Calling the mayor’s forecasting assumptions into question, Mulgrew said, “Why would anyone believe these numbers? Every year starts with a huge projected deficit and ends with a huge surplus.” Bloomberg’s proposed $69.8 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 calls for education cuts despite an influx of new revenue.
Press releases | April 25, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 25 won his second term as the union’s president with 84 percent of the vote.
Press releases | April 17, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg let the municipal unions know that he will settle contracts with them if they agree to two conditions: 1) no retroactive wage increases; and 2) workers would have to agree to contribute to the cost of their health care benefits. UFT President Michael Mulgrew rejected the offer, calling it yet another attack on working people in the city.
Press releases | April 1, 2013
The final state budget, which was reached on March 28, adds nearly $1 billion for schools and increases the minimum wage to $9 an hour over three years. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "I want to thank the governor and the legislature for doing the right thing for our students by increasing education funding across the state by nearly $1 billion."
Press releases | March 15, 2013
On March 15, during his regular weekly appearance on WOR Radio, Mayor Bloomberg responded harshly to UFT President Michael Mulgrew's proposal to limit mayoral control of New York City schools. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The mayor would love to make this an issue with the UFT, but in fact it is parents who in every opinion poll say they are tired of ten years of Bloomberg mismanagement of the schools."
Press releases | March 14, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew today proposed sweeping changes to limit mayoral control of New York City schools and to restore a system of checks and balances to public education. The changes would have to be approved by the state Legislature.
Press releases | February 28, 2013
The Department of Education on Feb. 28 announced it had chosen new curricula for grades K-8 based on the national Common Core Learning Standards. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "The DOE’s announcement is a welcome acknowledgment that teachers need curriculum that will help their students meet the demands of tests based on the new Common Core standards."
Press releases | February 22, 2013
Gov. Andrew Cuomo cannot penalize city schools by withholding $260 million in state aid over the DOE's failure to get to a teacher evaluation agreement with the union, a Manhattan Supreme Court justice ruled on Feb. 21. UFT spokesman Dick Riley said, "If the mayor hadn't blown up the negotiations, there would be a new teacher evaluation system, not a lawsuit."
Press releases | February 21, 2013
A new teacher evaluation system for city schools could be implemented as early as June 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Feb. 20. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "We’ve seen the kinds of plans the state has approved. We are comfortable with them because they are about helping teachers help kids, which is something that we don’t often hear from the city."
Press releases | January 30, 2013
Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Jan. 30 that if the city won’t get to a teacher evaluation agreement with the UFT by a set date, he will direct the State Education Department to set up a binding arbitration process that will get the two sides to an agreement. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "I welcome Governor Cuomo’s involvement, and while we would prefer a negotiated settlement, it’s good to know that should the talks fail again, people who actually understand education will be part of the decision-making process."
Press releases | January 22, 2013
In response to the mayor’s most recent attempt to point the finger at the union for the breakdown of evaluation talks, UFT President Michael Mulgrew observed, “Most people would be embarrassed that the state’s highest education official has directly contradicted their statements about a new teacher evaluation system, but not the mayor.”
Press releases | January 18, 2013
In a remarkable coincidence — one not seen since the UFT hosted the Occupy Wall Street protestors — inspectors from city agencies including the Health Department showed up at UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway on the morning of Jan. 18, the day after the mayor torpedoed a deal between the UFT and DOE over a new teacher evaluation system.
Press releases | January 15, 2013
On Jan. 15 the UFT was informed by the mediator appointed by the state’s Public Employment Relations Board that the city and the Department of Education have refused to take part in mediation designed to help us reach an agreement on a new model for teacher evaluations.
Press releases | January 15, 2013
UFT President Michael Mulgrew, frustrated by the pace of talks with the New York City Department of Education to create a new teacher evaluation system, has requested that the state’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) designate a mediator to help both sides meet the state’s Jan. 17 deadline for an agreement.
Press releases | January 10, 2013
In his State of the State speech on Jan. 9, Gov. Cuomo announced an ambitious education agenda for 2013 that includes full-day pre-kindergarten in the poorest areas, community schools such as those being piloted by the UFT this year, and a “bar-like exam” to qualify future teachers that was first proposed by the AFT. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Gov. Cuomo has shown educational leadership, and we feel many of his initiatives will have a real impact on students' lives."
Press releases | January 4, 2013
On his Jan. 4 weekly radio show, shortly after the launch of the UFT’s new TV ad campaign urging him to come to an agreement on teacher evaluations, Mayor Bloomberg compared the union to the National Rifle Association, claiming both organizations are out of touch with their rank and file. “The NRA’s another place where the membership, if you do the polling, doesn't agree with the leadership,” he told the radio program host, John Gambling.
Press releases | January 4, 2013
The UFT on Jan. 4 launched a television ad campaign urging Mayor Michael Bloomberg to put politics aside and reach an agreement on a new teacher evaluation system. The 30-second spot, titled “Moving Forward,” criticizes the mayor’s education record on topics ranging from misleading statistics and the failing schools opened by the mayor, to hiring Cathie Black as chancellor.