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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 >>
Labor spotlight | April 2, 2015 >>

Lately, traditionally union-friendly states in the industrialized Midwest are adopting right-to-work rules that allow workers to withhold dues or fees from the unions that represent them in bargaining. Just last month Wisconsin became the 25th state to pass a right-to-work law. 

Feature stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Maribeth Whitehouse, who teaches at IS 190 in the Bronx, draws connections for her students between the Triangle fire and the Happly Land Social Club fire 79 years later. It is just one of the many ways that public school teachers have found to teach the Triangle fire to their students.

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

So-called “right-to-work” laws are all the rage among Republican governors in the Midwest.

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

Labor unions joined with progressive lawmakers, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and social justice and human rights lobbyists to launch a campaign against trade legislation that would allow the president and Congress to speed approval of free trade agreements.

Labor spotlight | February 5, 2015 >>

By connecting suppliers with consumers via apps and online marketplaces, the companies of the new “sharing economy” specialize in getting you what you need when you need it. But the convenience they provide comes at a cost for workers.

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

Adjunct professors are organizing unions at a growing number of colleges across the country, especially in California, where part-time faculty at almost a dozen colleges are now in the midst of organizing drives or first-time contract negotiations.

Vperspective | February 5, 2015 >>

Constantly organizing new members is critical to the health of every union, and the UFT is no exception. Unions must either grow or decline; a union that is not expanding is in trouble.

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