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Topics in the News:
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
With the election of Donald Trump as president, all bets about the future of "corporate" education reform are off, and public school advocates are bracing for the worst. That was the consensus of a panelists participating in a Nov. 16 conference on the future of public schools organized by the UFT.
President's perspective | December 1, 2016 >>
We have to hold fast to our core beliefs: that public education is critical to the future of this country; that all communities within our school communities deserve respect and dignity; and that workers have a right to unionize and be treated fairly. Our union’s 56-year history is built on fighting for those core beliefs. And nothing that happened on Nov. 8 has changed that.
National education and labor news | November 3, 2016 >>
Ramping up efforts to elect Hillary Clinton, seven labor groups joined forces with For Our Future, a Democratic super PAC, and raised $60 million to mobilize working families for the presidential candidate in battleground states.
Around the UFT | November 3, 2016 >>
In the month leading up to this critical presidential election, UFT members turned out at after-school phone banks in all five union borough offices and also made calls from home on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
President's perspective | November 3, 2016 >>
The presidential election of 2016 is historic because we have an opportunity to elect the first woman president.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
In the Sept. 13 Democratic primaries, public school advocates backed by the UFT and NYSUT helped defeat a half-dozen challengers who had the financial backing of a super PAC promoting privatization and other schemes that siphon funding from public schools and harm working families.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
Where does Donald Trump stand on education and labor? While it’s difficult to nail down the Republican candidate for president on actual policy, he has been explicit in championing free-market competition for public education and in expressing his antipathy for teacher unions.
News | September 9, 2016 >>
Labor leaders from across the city rallied on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Sept. 9 in support of Robert Jackson, a longtime education advocate and former City Council member running for the Democratic nomination to represent the 31st District in the state Senate.
Retired teachers chapter news | September 8, 2016 >>
Ballots and bargaining are the foundations of power for working men and women.
Linking to learning | September 8, 2016 >>
This year’s race for president has been a source of keen interest for many of our students, including elementary-school students, so it presents a wonderful teachable moment.
News stories | September 8, 2016 >>
Robert Jackson has had a storied career as a community leader, public school advocate and City Council member. Now he’s running to represent the 31st District in the state Senate. Jackson is one of the candidates that the UFT has endorsed through its state affiliate, NYSUT, in New York’s primary elections on Sept. 13.
News stories | August 4, 2016 >>
“We’re stronger when every child has the chance to live up to his or her potential, and public education gives our kids that chance,’’ Hillary Clinton told the more than 3,000 delegates, including a UFT contingent, at the AFT convention in Minneapolis on July 18.
National education and labor news | July 7, 2016 >>
The largest labor federation in the United States on June 16 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States, vowing to throw the full weight of more than 50 unions representing about 12.5 million workers behind her candidacy.
Hillary Clinton, endorsed by the UFT’s national affiliate the AFT, scored a decisive victory in the April 19 New York State Democratic presidential primary.
At the monthly Delegate Assembly on the afternoon following the New York State presidential primaries on April 19, UFT President Michael Mulgrew thanked the many UFT members who volunteered for the union’s Hillary Clinton campaign, but then he quickly turned his focus to the battle ahead in November.
Hillary Clinton, a surprise guest at NYSUT’s Representative Assembly on April 8, promised the nearly 1,800 delegates that they “will have a partner in the White House” if she is elected president of the United States.
News | April 19, 2016 >>
UFT members are asked to support Hillary Clinton in New York's presidential primary on Tuesday, April 19.
News stories | April 7, 2016 >>
UFT members are asked to support Jaime Williams and Yuh-Line Niou for the state Assembly in the special election on Tuesday, April 19, the same day as the state’s presidential primary. Niou will be running in lower Manhattan’s 65th Assembly District for the position formerly held by Sheldon Silver.