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Topics in the News:
Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Alessandra Giuffre takes her students on a magical journey from PS 140 in the Bronx to the world of words, reading them the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and immersing them in wizardry and wonder.
News stories | November 2, 2017 >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that seeks to starve public-sector unions of the funding they need to provide services to members.
Union resolutions | May 10, 2017 >>
In order to strengthen its connection to rank and file members and convince them to stay “Union Loud and Proud,” the UFT will redouble its efforts to train members in how to enforce our contract, teach members how to be organizers in their schools, and support all chapters in these bottom-up efforts.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the March 22 Delegate Assembly that a new challenge to the “fair share” fees that public-sector unions collect from workers who don’t become members could reach the Supreme Court by the fall.
Editorials | April 6, 2017 >>
The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire every March is a teachable moment for students about the importance of labor unions. Workers were trapped on two floors when fire broke out because the company had locked doors to prevent theft. Many workers leapt from windows to their deaths. Others were found huddled against doors.
Labor spotlight | April 6, 2017 >>
It took 73 years for the first 26 states to adopt anti-union “right-to-work” laws, and just 37 days of the Trump administration for numbers 27 and 28 to come on board.
News briefs | March 2, 2017 >>
The right-wing group behind the anti-union Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association lawsuit has filed a nearly identical lawsuit in hopes of reaching a different result once a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump is seated.
Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>
I ran into a boy who was my student in grade 2 at the UFT’s Thanksgiving meal for homeless students. When I decided to volunteer for the luncheon, I never expected to end up crying. My former student and I recognized each other right away, and he didn’t leave my side all day. It all hit home for me when I saw him there. How sad I was to see him and his family going through a housing crisis.
News stories | May 5, 2016 >>
Public-sector unions nationwide survived a serious threat when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on March 29 over a challenge by conservatives to the fair-share fees that public-sector unions collect from workers who don’t become members.
Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>
You have a contract that defines and defends your rights. Workers without a union have no such protections.
Press releases | March 29, 2016 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>
Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.
Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>
For Patricia Ginestri, it meant the difference between isolation and support. For Cassandra St. Felix, it meant getting her job back. And for Gloria Winograd, it meant life-saving health benefits as she tackled Stage 4 cancer. Read their stories and more.
News stories | March 3, 2016 >>
The UFT launched its Union Loud and Proud campaign at the Feb. 3 Delegate Assembly in response to the relentless attacks by right-wing billionaires on teachers unions and the rest of organized labor.
President's perspective | March 3, 2016 >>
It’s not clear how Friedrichs and the other cases that were on the court docket at the time of Scalia’s death will be decided. But one thing is certain: The anti-worker forces arrayed against us aren’t going away.
Labor spotlight | March 3, 2016 >>
A victory for Friedrichs would effectively turn every state into a “right-to-work’’ state. And that wouldn’t be good for workers, including teachers.
NY Teacher Article | February 4, 2016 >>
As hundreds of union leaders and members gathered outside the courthouse with protest signs, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, a case that threatens to undermine the ability of the UFT and other public unions to advocate effectively on behalf of its members.
Vperspective | February 4, 2016 >>
These are critical times for all public-sector unions in light of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps nowhere is occupational mission and the importance of union membership more intertwined than among public school educators.
Retired teachers chapter news | January 7, 2016 >>
Union endorsement of candidates for public office has understandably always raised some disagreement. The AFT’s early endorsement of Hillary Clinton in July precipitated just such an ongoing discussion among our members.