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Topics in the News:
Union resolutions | December 12, 2018 >>
The UFT reaffirms its support of initiatives from organizations — including the Anti-Defamation League, Latino Justice, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Pride at Work, APALA, LCLAA, the NAACP and Black Lives Matter — that has as its goal the pursuit and preservation of social justice in our classrooms and society and urges its members to take every opportunity to promote respect and inclusion and use culturally responsive practices and instructional activities that foster equity and empower students to become conscientious citizens of the world
Research shows | March 1, 2018 >>
Living doubled-up with friends, extended family members or others is a form of homelessness that can go undetected by schools, yet the toll it takes on students is significant, new research finds.
News stories | December 7, 2017 >>
There were new winter coats and accessories, fun activities and a Thanksgiving feast for 150 homeless students at the UFT's annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Editorials | November 2, 2017 >>
In an unconscionable act of negligence, the U.S. Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire on Sept. 30. CHIP provides low-cost insurance to 9 million children around the country whose family income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to access insurance in the private market.
Editorials | November 2, 2017 >>
The numbers are growing: One out of 10 students in New York City public schools — about 100,000 children — were homeless last year, 6 percent more than the previous year, according to the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students.
News stories | October 5, 2017 >>
There is something new on the menu this school year: free lunch for all New York City public school students.
Editorials | September 7, 2017 >>
It’s a big win for our students: This year, virtually all New York City public schools will offer universal free lunch. The UFT helped to make it happen. UFT members and officers testified at hearings, lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio and spread the word through social media, rallies and regular news conferences.
Feature stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Eleven computer science seniors at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn have won a national award for an app that connects hungry students at their high schools to local restaurants with food to spare. The problem of hunger is a real one for the Park Slope school, where nearly 80 percent of the students qualify for free lunch.
President's perspective | June 1, 2017 >>
The inspiring address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at our Spring Conference on May 13 couldn’t have come at a better time.
National education and labor news | May 4, 2017 >>
A new law in New Mexico prohibits schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing students whose parents don’t pay their cafeteria bills.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers on Feb. 14 in Albany to fully fund the foundation aid that New York City schools need — and to extend and enhance the millionaire’s tax to help pay for it.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
New York State could eliminate its $3.5 billion budget deficit — money that could help bolster schools and other social needs — if state lawmakers closed the “carried interest” loophole favoring private equity and hedge fund managers, said UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other proponents of closing the carried interest loophole at an Albany news conference on Feb. 14.
National education and labor news | February 2, 2017 >>
A minimum wage increase took effect at the start of the year in 19 states, bolstering the incomes of millions of workers from coast to coast.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
For most public school students in New York City, the old adage holds true: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a coalition of labor unions including the UFT, food advocates, elected officials and educators is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change that.
Feature stories | December 1, 2016 >>
There were turkeys galore at the UFT’s third annual Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 homeless students on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Editorials | November 3, 2016 >>
Homelessness is affecting a growing number of children in New York City. When a family is homeless, school often becomes the only stable institution in a child’s life.
Education nation | September 8, 2016 >>
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, announced in June a proposal to rip up the state’s formula for distributing $9 billion in state school aid and replace it with one-size-fits-all funding: $6,599 for each student, whether the student is struggling in an impoverished block of Newark or thriving in the suburbs of Summit.
Editorials | May 5, 2016 >>
The Fight for 15 movement scored milestone victories this March as both California and New York State passed legislation to phase in a $15-per-hour wage floor over the next six years.
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.
Feature stories | January 7, 2016 >>
When that other iconic winter figure — Queen Elsa — glided into the room at the holiday party thrown by the UFT and the Coalition for the Homeless at union headquarters on Dec. 12, children gasped and cheered as if they had just seen Santa Claus himself.