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Labor spotlight | May 5, 2016 >>

Despite high levels of education — women earned more post-secondary degrees than men in 2012–13, according to the U.S. Department of Education — women continue to face a wage gap.

Union resolutions | April 20, 2016 >>

The UFT stands behind striking Verizon workers in their bold effort to keep good, stable jobs in the U.S. and fight corporate greed.

National education and labor news | April 7, 2016 >>

The AFL-CIO has launched a massive campaign to inform voters of the perils of a Trump presidency for working people and unions.

National education and labor news | April 7, 2016 >>

Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s selection to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, has rarely ruled against the National Labor Relations Board in his nearly two decades on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit.

Education nation | April 7, 2016 >>

When fed-up Detroit teachers staged a “sickout” for several days in January, shutting down all but nine of the district’s 97 schools on one day, they drew back the curtain on the woeful condition of the city’s schools: buckling floors, gaping holes in ceilings, malfunctioning boilers and furnaces, mold and rodents.

National education and labor news | March 3, 2016 >>

The West Virginia Legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Feb. 12 to become the nation’s 26th right-to-work state.

National education and labor news | March 3, 2016 >>

Mold, rodents and water-damaged ceilings were among the unsafe classroom conditions cited in a recently filed lawsuit against the Detroit Public Schools by the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan, the Detroit Federation of Teachers and parent groups.

National education and labor news | March 3, 2016 >>

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted on Feb. 10 to raise their annual dues.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.

Labor spotlight | March 3, 2016 >>

A victory for Friedrichs would effectively turn every state into a “right-to-work’’ state. And that wouldn’t be good for workers, including teachers.

Education nation | February 4, 2016 >>

Bulging class sizes, stagnant salaries, fewer teachers and limited supplies of everything from books to copy paper: That is what the reduction in per-pupil state funding looks like in thousands of classrooms around the country since the Great Recession — despite a much vaunted economic recovery.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

As hundreds of union leaders and members gathered outside the courthouse with protest signs, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, a case that threatens to undermine the ability of the UFT and other public unions to advocate effectively on behalf of its members.

National education and labor news | January 7, 2016 >>

Seattle became the first U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to unionize.

National education and labor news | January 7, 2016 >>

After decades of failed attempts, the United Auto Workers on Dec. 4 won its first union election at a foreign-owned auto plant in the southern United States.

National education and labor news | January 7, 2016 >>

The Chicago Teachers Union’s 27,000 members have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if ongoing contract negotiations fail, the union announced on Dec. 14.

Labor spotlight | January 7, 2016 >>

The Upper Big Branch explosion brings to light an important fact: Union mines – and unionized workplaces in general – are far safer than those, like the Upper Big Branch mine, without unions.

Testimony | December 10, 2015 >>

The UFT submitted this testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor and the Committee on Higher Education regarding establishing the Murphy Institute as a new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold existing law that protects the right of public-sector unions to collect “fair share” fees from workers who do not choose to join the union but are covered by collective-bargaining agreements that benefit them.

Feature stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT members at Booker T. Washington MS on the Upper West Side have found their voices and discovered new avenues to make them heard with the help of the UFT's new chapter advocacy program.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Following the extraordinary mobilization of hundreds of school communities in defense of public education last spring, Teacher Union Day this year had a new focus: honoring seven school chapters for going above and beyond in the fight against Gov. Cuomo.

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