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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.

National education and labor news | January 8, 2015 >>

Striking graduate students at the University of Oregon triumphantly ended their walkout on Dec. 10 after eight days on the picket line.

National education and labor news | December 4, 2014 >>

Walmart workers from across California held the first sit-down strike in the retail giant’s history, staging the protest inside two Los Angeles-area stores on Nov. 13.

Education nation | November 6, 2014 >>

The Philadelphia school district’s sudden cancellation of its teachers’ contract in October sent shockwaves far beyond the City of Brotherly Love.

National education and labor news | October 2, 2014 >>

Ending a months-long strike, British Columbia’s 41,000 teachers and their employer reached a contract agreement, but not all teachers are happy.

Labor spotlight | October 2, 2014 >>

The labor and environmental movements have often been at odds in recent decades but unions had a big role in the massive People's Climate March in New York City callling for global action on climate change.

Around the UFT | October 2, 2014 >>

Hundreds of UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue for the 132nd Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6. As in years past, retirees — including founding UFT member Leo Hoenig — joined in-service members in the march.

National education and labor news | October 2, 2014 >>

New union cleared for takeoff at American Airlines

National education and labor news | September 4, 2014 >>

The embattled Metropolitan Opera settled the last of three outstanding contracts with its largest unions on Aug. 20, clearing the final major hurdle for its season to begin on time in September.

Editorials | September 4, 2014 >>

The peaceful Aug. 23 march in Staten Island responding to the death of Eric Garner in a confrontation with police earlier this summer showed that such tragic deaths do not have to divide communities and police officers. They can bring people together.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Fifty years ago UFT members were among the more than 200 other volunteers from around the country took a stand against racism and segregation by teaching in Freedom Schools in Mississippi.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

Thousands of union members, activists, parents and students rallied peacefully in Staten Island on Aug. 23 for justice in the case of Eric Garner, who died during an altercation with the police in July.

National education and labor news | June 26, 2014 >>

British Columbia’s 41,000 public school teachers walked off the job on June 17 after a weekend round of bargaining between the union and government failed to reach agreement on a new contract.

Vperspective | June 26, 2014 >>

No one should have to go to work while sick. Whether you’re a nurse, a child care provider, a charter school teacher or any other worker, working while sick is bad for you, your family, your colleagues and those you serve.

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