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Topics in the News:
Chapter leader shoutout | May 2, 2019 >>
Melissa Alvarez, the chapter leader at John Bowne HS in Flushing, Queens, used the new dispute resolution process in the DOE-UFT contract to get a speedy response to a safety violation: no teacher assigned to the high school’s SAVE room.
Union resolutions | January 16, 2019 >>
The UFT will support its grassroots efforts to bind the membership together by offering Delegate Assembly training to chapter leaders and delegates so they may learn how to write resolutions and use Robert’s Rules of Order.
Chapter leader shoutout | January 3, 2019 >>
Chapter Leader Rose-Marie Hannon is working hard to get a new roof over the heads of staff and students at PS/MS 47 to end the chronic leaks, mold and odors that plague the school in Broad Channel, Queens, and create a safe and healthy work environment.
News stories | October 4, 2018 >>
UFT is well-positioned to protect its members’ rights and benefits as the 2018–19 school years gets underway, President Michael Mulgrew reported to chapter leaders from across the city at their annual start-of-school meeting on Sept. 20 in Shanker Hall.
Chapter leader shoutout | October 4, 2018 >>
Equilibrium has returned to MS 61, a well-respected Crown Heights school in with a strong gifted-and-talented program, after its relentless chapter leader took steps to get a bullying principal removed.
Chapter leader shoutout | September 6, 2018 >>
Revitalizing the UFT chapter at Marble Hill HS for International Studies in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx, says Chapter Leader Patrick Bernal, has been an important learning process for everyone.
Chapter leader shoutout | July 5, 2018 >>
This year’s opening of a UFT Teacher Center at Hillcrest HS — where the school’s 240 educators now can earn CTLE hours at on-site workshops and gather for professional conversation and collaboration — may be the most celebrated achievement in Chapter Leader Michael Ferruso’s efforts to rebuild his chapter.
News stories | June 7, 2018 >>
With the U.S. Supreme Court possibly days away from issuing a ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged chapter leaders and delegates at the May 16 Delegate Assembly to make sure members in their chapters understand what is at stake for them in the case.
Chapter leader shoutout | June 7, 2018 >>
There was no chapter leader at PS 64 in the East Village when teacher Farrah Alexander returned from maternity leave in September so she stepped up to the plate. “I know that complaining is not productive and that we should be working together, especially in a negotiating year and with so many anti-union threats facing us,” she said. “So I slowly raised my hand.”
Chapter leader shoutout | May 3, 2018 >>
Although Christine Beck is a veteran 1st-grade teacher at PS 32, she’s brand new as a chapter leader and already making the union more of a presence at her Staten Island school.
News stories | April 5, 2018 >>
In the wake of a new federal tax policy that hurts New York State, the UFT sent more than 1,100 members and public school parents to Albany on March 19 to talk face-to-face with state lawmakers about the need to protect New York City public schools from Washington, D.C.
Chapter leader shoutout | April 5, 2018 >>
Chapter Leader Diane Mendez pulled out every stop in her uphill fight — and ultimately unsuccessful bid — to save PS 92 in the Bronx from the chopping block.
Chapter leader shoutout | March 1, 2018 >>
When his principal unilaterally increased the teaching load of teachers of severely emotionally disturbed students in his multi-site high school, P 754 Chapter Leader Freddie Cole immediately filed a grievance — and won.
Know your rights | March 1, 2018 >>
The basic unit of the union is the chapter, which is composed of all the UFT members at a school or worksite. The union requires member participation at the chapter level to work most effectively.
News stories | January 4, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew called on new retirees “to fight back on the issues that affect us” as threats to workers' rights intensify, when he addressed the union’s annual luncheon held in their honor at the New York Hilton on Nov. 21.
Chapter leader shoutout | January 4, 2018 >>
As the chapter leader at Townsend Harris HS in Queens, Franco Scardino was the linchpin in mobilizing staff, parents and alumni to prod the Department of Education to remove a principal who violated the contract and harassed teachers.
Chapter leader shoutout | December 7, 2017 >>
Bennett Fischer, the chapter leader at PS 231 @ PS 54 in Brooklyn, seized on the UFT’s new protocol to confront redundant and excessive paperwork to address three big paperwork issues at his District 75 K–8 school.
Chapter leader shoutout | November 2, 2017 >>
MS 51 Chapter Leader Joseph Valentin’s relentless drive to increase the amount of COPE contributions at his Park Slope school is paying off — it’s up 30 percent from last September and climbing.
News stories | January 5, 2017 >>
Tom Murphy, the leader of the UFT Retired Teachers Chapter, called on the union’s most recent retirees assembled for its annual New Retiree Luncheon on Nov. 22 to stay active and united in the face of “the post-election tough days ahead.”
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
The UFT is intent this year on enforcing a pair of key provisions from the 2014 contract: to reduce excessive paperwork and to make sure the Department of Education provides all educators in core subjects with appropriate curriculum.