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News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

UFT members hope Bill de Blasio lives up to his campaign promises on education and sets a different tone at City Hall, especially with regard to how children and educators are treated.

Editorials | November 14, 2013 >>

Pat yourselves on the back, UFT members. There is reason for pride and celebration. On Nov. 5, the people were heard. We have a new mayor, comptroller, public advocate and many new City Council members who support our schools and respect UFT members.

News | November 6, 2013 >>

Bill de Blasio, who criticized the growing income inequality in the city and promised to restore respect for teachers and unions, was elected mayor of New York City on Nov. 5. In his victory speech, he painted a vision of a city where "we all rise together."

News | November 1, 2013 >>

Labor was energized and united at a Nov. 1 get-out-the-vote rally for Bill de Blasio for mayor. Hundreds turned out at Brooklyn Borough Hall to hear leaders from all the major unions in the city voice their support for de Blasio and rally their troops to get to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

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.”

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

The UFT has started a big get-out-the-vote drive to get members to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to elect a new mayor of New York City. “Bill de Blasio has a large lead, but we cannot be complacent,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

Editorials | October 17, 2013 >>
News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

The UFT Delegate Assembly on Sept. 18 overwhelmingly voted to endorse Bill de Blasio for mayor of New York City. “The great challenge for the next mayor is rebuilding the school system,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew, who brought the executive board’s recommendation to support de Blasio to the delegates.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, with the backing of the UFT and other labor unions, came from behind to cinch the Democratic nomination for city comptroller on Sept. 10. Forty-three of the 47 candidates that the union endorsed in City Council races also claimed victory in their primaries.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

Kimberly Faraci, a 1st-grade teacher at PS 19 in Williamsburg, had never volunteered for a political campaign before. But that changed when she learned her first-grade Antonio Reynoso, 30, was a Democratic candidate for the City Council. Faraci and Reynoso go back — way back — to the days when he was in her 1st-grade class.

News stories | September 26, 2013 >>

New Utrecht HS history teacher and UFT delegate Mark Treyger has won the three-way Democratic primary for the City Council seat in the 47th Council District in south Brooklyn.

News | September 16, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said that it was time to unite behind Bill de Blasio for mayor, after Bill Thompson, in a press conference on the City Hall steps this morning, asked all of his supporters to do so.

News | September 11, 2013 >>

Bill Thompson, the UFT’s endorsed candidate for mayor, vowed on Sept. 10 to stay in the race until all the absentee and affidavit ballots are counted after coming in second in the Democratic Primary.

News | September 9, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew stood on Sept. 9 with Bill Thompson, the union’s choice to lead New York City, at a campaign rally on the steps of City Hall to underscore the importance of getting out the vote the next day.

News stories | September 5, 2013 >>

In the weeks leading up to the Democratic Primary on Sept. 10, the UFT has pulled out all the stops in its campaign to make sure that Bill Thompson will be elected the next mayor of New York.

News stories | September 5, 2013 >>

The UFT’s faith-based breakfast on Aug. 13 with Bill Thompson was part of the union’s effort to rally community support, in addition to the support of its members, behind its mayoral candidate in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 10 Democratic Primary.

News | September 4, 2013 >>

Bill Thompson, the UFT’s choice for mayor, released a new 30-second TV ad featuring testimonials from family members, parents and teachers.

News | September 4, 2013 >>

Bill Thompson campaigned with educators on Staten Island on Sept. 4, starting with a trip on the 7 o’clock ferry from Manhattan, where he greeted passengers, and ending with a tour of neighborhoods still suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Op-Eds | September 4, 2013 >>

The recent dramatic drop in student scores after the state introduced new tests based on the rigorous Common Core learning standards is a clear demonstration that — after a decade of Mayor Bloomberg's obsession with data, test prep and proclamations of his strategy’s success — our school system needs a new direction.

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