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News | April 12, 2018 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on April 12 that helps New York’s public-employee unions recruit and retain members and reduces the number of services these unions, including the UFT, are obligated to provide to workers who do not pay to support those services.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

What difference does the UFT make? Members who taught elsewhere share their stories.

Education nation | April 5, 2018 >>

West Virginia teachers recently gave the nation a lesson in the labor movement’s power when workers stand united.


Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

I have been a New York City public school teacher for 15 years, but early in my career I taught for two years at a charter school in Manhattan.

Editorials | April 5, 2018 >>

More than 20,000 teachers across West Virginia have shown the power of unity when working people come under attack.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

In 2012, when I accepted a position at a charter school, I signed a whole bunch of things, including a piece of paper that said, “In our school, everyone is an administrator and everyone is a custodian.” I thought it was a euphemism for “We all help each other out,” but it turned out that they took it quite literally.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

Growing up in Oklahoma, you tend to only hear about unions in a negative light. So when I made a career change six years ago and became a teacher in New York City, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the UFT.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

We weren’t given the time or support to attend to all the responsibilities of teaching like grading, bulletin boards and reaching out to parents. We had preps, but those were used for data meetings and things like that.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

I worked for eight years as a speech and language pathologist in a private school in Westchester County that made up the rules as it went along.

News briefs | April 5, 2018 >>

Unionized workers at the U.S. Department of Education filed a complaint on March 13 accusing the department of attempting to bust their union.</p>

News briefs | April 5, 2018 >>

Only a month after West Virginia teachers walked off the job to protest low pay and sky-high health insurance premiums, Oklahoma educators who have not had a raise in a decade are poised to stage a strike of their own. Teachers in Oklahoma earn $45,000 a year on average, the second-lowest salary in the country.

Feature stories | April 5, 2018 >>

There, my lesson plans were due at noon on Saturday. You eat lunch with your students and go to recess with them. There were supposed to be daily preps, but they were taken away with meetings and there was nothing you could do about that.

News briefs | March 1, 2018 >>

The Chicago Teachers Union announced on Jan. 29 that its members had voted to merge with the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff.

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas told her story, about what Wisconsin public school educators gave up when they lost collective bargaining rights, at a series of meetings with classroom teachers, UFT staff and press and at a packed Delegate Assembly during a recent two-day visit.

News stories | March 1, 2018 >>

A federal appeals court on Jan. 30 rejected an attempt by the KIPP charter network to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the UFT.

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.

Education nation | February 1, 2018 >>

As public employee unions brace for a ruling in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a cautionary tale is unfolding in Wisconsin.

Labor spotlight | January 4, 2018 >>

With working people under attack from Republicans in Washington, D.C., and pervasive anti-labor sentiment, there's no better time to take stock of the benefits you have as a union member — benefits worth fighting to protect.

President's perspective | January 4, 2018 >>

We often talk about how the union provides concrete value— the many rights and benefits that we enjoy as UFT members. But you also belong to a community of public school educators and other professionals who are motivated to help others and whose good deeds ripple far beyond the classroom.

News briefs | December 7, 2017 >>

President Trump’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, Peter Robb, received U.S. Senate confirmation on Nov. 8. Robb is a labor lawyer with a long history of backing management against unions and workers.

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