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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.

Union resolutions | June 11, 2014 >>

The UFT will support the growing movement in favor of a $15.00 minimum wage and lobby our members in Congress to also promote and endorse this commitment.

National education and labor news | June 5, 2014 >>

Thousands of fast-food workers in 150 American cities and another 80 cities in 32 countries hit the streets on May 15, walking off the job to demand a $15 per hour wage and the right to form a union without retaliation.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

In his book “Democracy’s Champion: Albert Shanker and the International Impact of the American Federation of Teachers,” Eric Chenoweth focuses on the union leader’s sustained and pioneering efforts to strengthen workers’ rights and to support union activists and democratic values around the world before and after the Cold War.

Labor spotlight | June 5, 2014 >>

In one sign of the ongoing war on workers in the United States, employers are increasingly resorting to one the most brutal tactics in the anti-union playbook: the lockout.


National education and labor news | May 15, 2014 >>

JetBlue’s 2,529 pilots have voted to unionize.

National education and labor news | May 15, 2014 >>

Howard University’s adjunct faculty voted overwhelmingly on April 30 to form a union, making it the first of the nation’s 105 historically black colleges and universities to have an adjunct faculty union.

Around the UFT | May 15, 2014 >>

The annual May Day celebration of worker solidarity drew hundreds of people to City Hall Park on May 1, including members of the UFT and other unions and advocacy groups.

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