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News briefs | 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.

News briefs | 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.

News briefs | 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.

News briefs | 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.

Education nation | June 7, 2018 >>

More than 20,000 Arizona teachers walked off the job for six days in late April. “One of the biggest things we learned is that we have power,” said Noah Karvelis, the Phoenix music teacher and founder of Arizona Educators United. “When you get together, you have more power and you can change the course of the state.”

Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>

UFT members joined fellow unionized workers and immigrants to stand together as Partners in Power, the theme of the 2018 May Day rally in Washington Square Park.

Editorials | May 3, 2018 >>

Teachers in Republican strongholds are on the march because they have nothing to lose. Over the years, state lawmakers have stripped away school funding as well as the wages, pensions, workplace rights and health benefits of public school educators.

News briefs | May 3, 2018 >>

Educators in Arizona became the latest to join the wave of job actions when they voted on April 19 to launch the state’s first-ever statewide walkout. Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, had offered teachers a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, beginning with a 9 percent increase next year.

News briefs | May 3, 2018 >>

Schools in more than 20 Kentucky counties closed on March 30 after teachers walked off the job in angry protest of a pension bill that Republican lawmakers sneaked through the Legislature.

News briefs | May 3, 2018 >>

Oklahoma teachers walked off the job on April 3 to demand teacher and support-staff raises and better funding for their schools.

Labor spotlight | May 3, 2018 >>

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.

Union resolutions | April 18, 2018 >>

The United Federation of Teachers will fully support and participate in the May Day 2018 Rally for Worker and Immigrant Rights at 5:30 p.m. in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

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.

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