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labor movement

News stories | January 3, 2019 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew joined more than 1,000 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 3 workers and their supporters at a rally outside Charter/Spectrum’s corporate offices on 23rd Street in Manhattan on Dec. 5.

Press releases | December 27, 2018 >>

The United Federation of Teachers saw an increase in both the total numbers of workers represented and in the number dues payers in the 12 months that ended July 31, 2018, according to its annual filing with the United States Department of Labor.

National education and labor news | December 6, 2018 >>

Teachers in Los Angeles plan to go on strike in January, barring a last-minute contract settlement. 

Feature stories | December 6, 2018 >>

Activist Velma Hill and UFT founder Albert Shanker had crossed paths in the civil rights movement. So when Hill, armed with a master’s in education from Harvard, decided she wanted to organize paraprofessionals, she approached Shanker in 1968.

Labor spotlight | December 6, 2018 >>

Nearly 8,000 hospitality workers took to the picket lines at Marriott-owned hotels in nine major U.S. cities this fall — the latest coordinated multi-city strike wave to hit the country amid skyrocketing inequality.

Union resolutions | November 7, 2018 >>

The UFT stands with UNITE HERE and the striking Marriott hotel workers in their effort to fight corporate greed and advocate for fair working conditions.

News stories | October 4, 2018 >>

More than 1,200 exuberant UFT members turned out in force to show union strength and pride at the city’s Labor Day Parade. 

National education and labor news | October 4, 2018 >>

As the #MeToo movement gathers momentum, workers at McDonald’s deployed a potent tool from the labor movement to combat sexual harassment: a strike.

National education and labor news | October 4, 2018 >>

The provision by Washington state lawmakers of an additional $776 million in the state budget for teacher salaries sparked tense negotiations this summer between teachers’ unions and local school districts throughout the state. 

Labor spotlight | October 4, 2018 >>

Federal workers are in the president’s crosshairs. 
Right before Labor Day, and just days after a judge foiled Donald Trump’s attempt to hurt those workers and their unions through executive orders, Trump fired back with a plan to cancel their scheduled pay raise.


Editorial cartoons | September 6, 2018 >>
National education and labor news | September 6, 2018 >>

In a victory for unions, a federal judge on Aug. 25 invalidated three executive orders from the Trump administration intended to make it easier to fire federal workers and weaken their union representation.

Education nation | September 6, 2018 >>

After a spring awakening of walkouts and strikes, educators around the country are running for office in unprecedented numbers to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their students.

President's perspective | September 6, 2018 >>

We have a lot of work ahead of us to ensure the UFT remains a formidable force, but we have reason to be optimistic. 


National education and labor news | September 6, 2018 >>

Voters in Missouri on Aug. 7 rejected a so-called “right-to-work” law by a 2-to-1 vote after labor unions in the state successfully organized to put the measure on the ballot as a referendum.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>

President Donald Trump upended a generation of protections for federal employees, signing executive orders on May 29 making it easier to fire workers for poor performance, limiting the time employees can be paid for union work and directing federal agencies to negotiate tougher contracts with workers’ unions.

National education and labor news | July 5, 2018 >>

North Carolina legislators released a budget on May 28 that included a modest salary increase for teachers after a one-day teacher walkout shut down the state’s public schools on May 16.

News | June 27, 2018 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order on June 27, the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case, to prevent anti-worker groups from obtaining the personal information, including phone numbers and addresses, of government employees including teachers.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018 >>

North Carolina experienced the largest organized political action by teachers in the state’s history on May 16 as tens of thousands of teachers walked off the job to rally in the state capital for higher wages and education funding. The event shut down public schools for more than 1 million students.

National education and labor news | June 7, 2018 >>

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos denounced state constitutional amendments preventing public funds from being spent on private religious schools in a May 16 speech to the Alfred E. Smith Foundation in New York City. These amendments are on the books in 37 states, including New York and DeVos’ home state of Michigan.

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