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Topics in the News:
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.
Labor spotlight | June 1, 2017 >>
The Institute for Culinary Education sits atop several lists of the nation’s best culinary schools. It has gotten there, say many of the school’s instructors, despite its management.
National education and labor news | May 4, 2017 >>
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill blocking local governments in the state from making project labor agreements, which require contractors working on public projects to use union labor.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
Longtime UFT member Andrew Pallotta was elected to a three-year term as president of New York State United Teachers, the UFT’s state affiliate, at its annual Representative Assembly in April. It marks the first time in NYSUT’s 45-year history that a New York City educator is its leader.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
More than 400 students from 20 high schools gathered at UFT headquarters on March 9 for a different kind of college and career fair: In addition to exploring colleges and universities, students learned about jobs with strong union representation — and the better incomes and benefits that go hand in hand with those jobs.
Editorials | April 6, 2017 >>
The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire every March is a teachable moment for students about the importance of labor unions. Workers were trapped on two floors when fire broke out because the company had locked doors to prevent theft. Many workers leapt from windows to their deaths. Others were found huddled against doors.
Around the UFT | April 6, 2017 >>
As an unelected Fiscal Control Board met on March 13 to weigh imposing further austerity measures on Puerto Rico, labor leaders, gathered in front of the federal building in Lower Manhattan to demand that the board not sacrifice public schoolchildren and public sector workers as it confronts the island’s more than $70 billion in public debt.
Labor spotlight | April 6, 2017 >>
It took 73 years for the first 26 states to adopt anti-union “right-to-work” laws, and just 37 days of the Trump administration for numbers 27 and 28 to come on board.
A strike at the Momentive chemical plant in upstate New York came to an end on Feb. 14 as workers voted to approve a new labor contract.
A bid to put Missouri’s new anti-union right-to-work law to a vote of the people was temporarily scuttled on Feb. 21 when the Republican state attorney general rejected the petition because parts of the proposal were not properly punctuated and underlined.
The right-wing group behind the anti-union Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association lawsuit has filed a nearly identical lawsuit in hopes of reaching a different result once a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump is seated.
News stories | March 2, 2017 >>
Following a series of Trump cabinet nominations that have sparked unprecedented opposition, controversy finally sank one outright: fast-food mogul Andrew Puzder, the president’s choice for Secretary of Labor.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives rejected a right-to-work bill in a 200 –77 vote, with 32 Republicans joining every Democrat in voting down the bill. The legislation would have blocked public- and private-sector unions from collecting fair-share fees.