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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.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

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.

National education and labor news | 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>

National education and labor news | 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.

National education and labor news | 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.

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