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News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Leaders from all of the city’s major labor unions — representing 1.3 million workers — on Jan. 6 voiced their strong support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-K for the city’s four-year-olds.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Saying the state is looking at a budget surplus for the first time since 2007, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled tax breaks for businesses and property owners and called for statewide universal pre-K in his State of the State address in Albany on Jan. 8.

Union resolutions | January 15, 2014 >>

The United Federation of Teachers will work to win state approval for a city tax increase to expand prekindergarten to tens of thousands more children in the city.

Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 >>

The UFT will work with the AFT and the PFT to fight school closures in Philadelphia and call for a restoration of education cuts.

Op-Eds | November 18, 2013 >>

As Mayor Bloomberg leaves office, it's become apparent that the city has consistently had more money available than the Mayor has maintained. Rather than be fair to city employees, the Bloomberg administration has repeatedly chosen to spend public resources on tax breaks for developers or for consultant contracts on failed or overpriced projects.

News | October 31, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined a coalition of labor, business and political groups urging New Yorkers to vote yes on Election Day on Proposition 1, a referendum on a casino plan that would bring to the state new jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for public schools.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

Charter operator Eva Moskowitz closed her schools on Tuesday and ordered students, parents and staff to attend a City Hall demonstration that UFT President Michael Mulgrew called “a thinly disguised campaign rally.”

Education nation | October 17, 2013 >>

Crammed classes, a dearth of supplies and severe program cuts are now the norm in the Philadelphia. The district earlier this year laid off nearly 4,000 school staff and closed 23 schools – 10 percent of the total – displacing about 10,000 students.

National education and labor news | September 5, 2013 >>

State legislators looking for the best returns on budget investments should focus their efforts on education spending, according to a new report issued by the Economic Policy Institute.

National education and labor news | September 5, 2013 >>

Philadelphia’s public schools will have enough funds to reopen on time this fall because of a last-minute plan for the city to loan the school district $50 million. But students will return to schools that have been mostly stripped of arts, extracurricular activities and support staff.

News | August 8, 2013 >>

The City Council and the mayor on June 27 adopted a city budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year that provided nearly a $1 million increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice. The Council fully restored the mayor’s threatened cuts to childcare and after-school programs.

National education and labor news | June 27, 2013 >>

Less than two weeks after the Philadelphia School District announced layoffs of nearly 20 percent of its workforce, news reports showed that a major education reform group was secretly urging the state’s governor to use the crisis to attack the teachers union and whip up support for his re-election.

Op-Eds | June 24, 2013 >>

Mayor Bloomberg claims that times are so tough, there isn’t enough money in the city budget to give city workers, including teachers, the retroactive pay raise they are owed. The truth is that — thanks in part to a strong local economy — the city has generated huge budget surpluses every year.

News stories | June 13, 2013 >>

Education spending for the coming year is flat in the mayor’s final executive budget, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified at a City Council hearing on June 5, while tax breaks for corporations, developers and private-equity firms nearly tripled during the mayor’s tenure.

Testimony | June 5, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified before the New York City Council on Finance about the Fiscal Year 2014 Executive Budget.

News stories | May 16, 2013 >>

We may be living in an information age, but New York City’s public school students are being cheated out of the skills they need to evaluate, process and analyze information because school libraries and librarian positions are drastically underfunded, UFT Assistant Secretary Robert Astrowsky told a City Council hearing on May 6.

News stories | May 16, 2013 >>

Mayor Bloomberg used the presentation of his final executive budget on May 2 to say that future budget shortfalls should prevent the city from agreeing to a teacher contract with retroactive pay raises, a position hotly contested by UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

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.

News stories | April 11, 2013 >>

City schools are set to receive $319.5 million in new state funding for the coming school year, part of a statewide 4.9 percent increase in education aid that is the largest since the 2007 recession. The final budget, approved by state lawmakers on March 29, also extends the millionaire’s tax another three years.

News stories | April 11, 2013 >>

Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed education budget for next year does almost nothing to make up for years of cuts to programs and staff, UFT Vice President Karen Alford testified at a City Council Education Committee hearing on March 21, even though the state increased school funding to city schools next year by more than 4 percent.

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