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Topics in the News:
Education nation | May 2, 2019 >>
The nation’s first-ever strike by unionized charter school teachers occurred in Chicago in December and has set a precedent for other charter schools in the Windy Cindy that are struggling with low teacher pay, crowded classrooms and poor funding.
Around the UFT | May 2, 2019 >>
Carmen Alvarez, the UFT’s first vice president for special education, and Ellen Procida, the former director of the union’s Grievance Department, both recently retired, were honored at the union’s HERstory brunch on March 31 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.
Union resolutions | April 17, 2019 >>
The United Federation of Teachers will fully support and participate in the May Day 2019 rally at 5:30 p.m. in Columbus Circle and the subsequent march to Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue planned by labor groups, immigrant right groups, faith leaders and other advocates for the working class.
Labor spotlight | April 4, 2019 >>
About 100 musicians in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have traded their instruments for picket signs, striking to demand a contract that protects their pension plan and provides fair wages.
Around the UFT | April 4, 2019 >>
More than 200 public high school students at the third annual Future in Focus career fair — sponsored by the UFT’s High Schools Division and the AFL-CIO New York City Central Labor Council — learned about the benefits of unionized careers at UFT headquarters on March 15.
Union resolutions | March 20, 2019 >>
Nurses organized by the UFT will not cross picket lines or work overtime as a replacement worker at Staten Island University South/Northwell Health.
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.