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Topics in the News:
Charter school teachers and paraprofessionals in Chicago ended their two-week strike on Feb. 18 after the Chicago International Charter School network promised to increase their salaries to the same level as educators in traditional public schools — a raise of nearly 35 percent over the term of the contract.
Denver teachers voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 25 to ratify a tentative agreement between their union and the school district that ended a three-day strike earlier in the month.
Education nation | March 7, 2019 >>
Teachers in West Virginia —a “right-to-work” state with no right to collectively bargain or strike— have proven adept at defending themselves and their students against a hostile Republican administration intent on undermining public education.
Public school teachers in Oakland, California, ended a seven-day strike on March 1 with a deal to boost teacher salaries by 14 percent and improve classroom conditions.
National education and labor news | February 7, 2019 >>
Slightly fewer U.S. workers belonged to a labor union in 2018 than in 2017.
Labor spotlight | February 7, 2019 >>
One of the most distinctive elements of the successful nine-day teachers’ strike in Los Angeles in January was the powerful level of community support the teachers had. That was the result of a deliberate effort by United Teachers Los Angeles, the 32,000-member American Federation of Teachers affiliate, to build mutually respectful alliances with parents and community groups around a common agenda.
News stories | February 7, 2019 >>
UFT delegates at the Delegate Assembly on Jan. 16 unanimously passed a resolution in support of the striking Los Angeles teachers.
The United Federation of Teachers stands in solidarity with the public school teachers of Los Angeles, and their union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles.
The UFT stands with the New Museum employees in their effort to organize and join UAW Local 2110.
Resolution in support of the American Federation of Government Employees during the partial shutdown of the federal governmnent
The United Federation of Teachers supports AFGE’s demands and urges Trump and Congressional Republicans to withdraw their absurd and offensive insistence on funding for an unnecessary border wall.
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.