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National education and labor news | December 7, 2017 >>

New York local news staples Gothamist and DNAinfo were shut down by their billionaire owner, Joe Ricketts, on Nov. 3 — only a week after their workers voted to form a union.

Editorials | December 7, 2017 >>

Why would the owner of DNAinfo and Gothamist suddenly pull the plug on Nov. 2 on two news sites that were filling a huge void in local coverage?

Labor spotlight | December 7, 2017 >>

Iowa teachers, defying a hostile political climate, are reaffirming their belief in organized labor and voting to maintain their union representation in the face of new collective bargaining laws that have stripped their rights.

Vperspective | December 7, 2017 >>

Educators' pursuit of scholastic excellence for their students and themselves and the advancement of their profession through trade unionism as UFT members are not mutually exclusive.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

The UFT has your back. 
That was the common thread running through the Teacher Union Day celebration on Nov. 5 as everyone from President Michael Mulgrew to honoree Elizabeth Perez to first-year teacher Mariah Claudio shared the same sentiment.

Union resolutions | November 8, 2017 >>

The members of the United Federation of Teachers stand in solidarity with writers and editors of DNAinfo, Gothamist and all of the members of the Writers Guild East.

Research shows | November 2, 2017 >>

Disputing a common mantra of charter advocates that unions have an adverse effect on student learning, a new study has found that student achievement in fact rises when charter schools unionize.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

“This union was built on people talking face to face,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly. And now, he said, these same in-person exchanges are needed to protect the UFT from one of the biggest challenges in its 57-year history: the ramifications of the Janus vs. AFSCME case set to go before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chapter leader shoutout | November 2, 2017 >>

MS 51 Chapter Leader Joseph Valentin’s relentless drive to increase the amount of COPE contributions at his Park Slope school is paying off — it’s up 30 percent from last September and climbing.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

As threats to workers’ rights multiply at the state and federal level, about 600 UFT members marched in the annual Labor Day Parade on Sept. 10 to show their support for the labor movement.

National education and labor news | October 5, 2017 >>

Public support for labor unions has reached its highest level in a decade, with 61 percent of U.S. adults expressing approval for unions, according to a Gallup Poll released on Labor Day.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

UFT members were among the thousands of union members who came out on Sept. 18 in support of the 1,800 Spectrum workers who have been on strike for six months against the cable giant to keep the company from destroying their retirement and health benefits and threatening their job security.

National education and labor news | September 7, 2017 >>

Missouri unions gathered well over 300,000 signatures to block the state’s anti-union right-to-work law, putting the measure up for public vote in 2018.

National education and labor news | September 7, 2017 >>

Teachers in Puerto Rico voted to join the American Federation of Teachers in August, bringing approximately 40,000 educators into the union.

Labor spotlight | September 7, 2017 >>

Spectrum workers in New York and northern New Jersey, all members of Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, are five months into a job action against the cable giant to keep the company from destroying their retirement and health benefits, unfairly disciplining workers and threatening job security.

Union resolutions | August 3, 2017 >>

The UFT supports IBEW Local 3 members in their quest for a fair contract with Charter/Spectrum.

News stories | August 3, 2017 >>

The UFT is seeking an injunction from the National Labor Relations Board against the Charter HS for Law and Social Justice in the Bronx after the school fired 11 of its 15 UFT-represented employees, including the entire UFT bargaining committee, in the middle of negotiations for a first contract.

National education and labor news | July 6, 2017 >>

The Labor Department will reverse an Obama-era rule requiring companies to disclose their initial contacts with outside consultants advising them about how to combat union-organizing efforts.

National education and labor news | June 1, 2017 >>

Graduate student teachers at Yale University have been on a hunger strike for three weeks. Their aim is to pressure Yale officials to recognize their union.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

By a wide margin, educators at the Fusion Academy Park Avenue private school in Manhattan elected to join the UFT in late April. Frustrating work schedules and substandard wages prompted Fusion employees to seek union representation.

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