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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.

Union resolutions | November 12, 2015 >>

The UFT will continue to educate our members about this case that could put an unjust financial burden on public-sector unions and cause great harm to the influence of the labor movement.

National education and labor news | November 5, 2015 >>

Teachers in East St. Louis entered their fourth full week on strike at the end of October as their union and the school district continue difficult negotiations for a new contract.

Labor spotlight | November 5, 2015 >>

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year could pose the gravest threat to unions in the history of the modern U.S. labor movement, labor experts say. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association challenges the “fair share” requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have joined together with other public sector unions to combat the right’s attempt to use a case before the U.S. Supreme Court to hamstring them financially by abolishing agency fees for public-sector workers, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on Oct. 14.

Vperspective | November 5, 2015 >>

Our need for unity has rarely been more important. The U.S. labor movement — including the UFT — is under concerted attack from far-right conservatives who have as their end goal the destruction of unions and the rights we defend.

National education and labor news | October 1, 2015 >>

The Seattle Education Association on Sept. 20 approved a new contract, officially ending a five-day strike that had delayed the start of school.

Around the UFT | October 1, 2015 >>

Hundreds of UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue in the Sept. 12 Labor Day Parade to show pride in their union and demonstrate the importance of unions in fighting for working people.

National education and labor news | July 10, 2015 >>

New York-based Gawker Media has become the first major digital media company to unionize after an overwhelming majority of employees voted on June 4 to form a union with the Writers Guild of America, East.

National education and labor news | June 4, 2015 >>

Los Angeles teachers voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new three-year contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Union resolutions | May 20, 2015 >>

The United Federation of Teachers strongly opposes right-to-work laws and will work with the American Federation of Teachers to fight against passage of such laws. The UFT will work with the AFT to urge the president and Congress to enact federal legislation requiring that workers who benefit from a union’s contract negotiations on their behalf must pay at least an agency fee to the union.

National education and labor news | April 2, 2015 >>

New York University’s administration and graduate student union have, after more than a year of stalled negotiations, reached a tentative contract that would raise pay and expand health care and other benefits.

National education and labor news | April 2, 2015 >>

Thousands of oil workers and their employers reached a national contract agreement on March 12, bringing the country’s largest refinery strike in 35 years a big step closer to resolution.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>
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