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Meet the President

Around the UFT | February 6, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew met with close to 200 occupational and physical therapist members of the union at a Meet the President event. 


Around the UFT | November 14, 2013 >>

"They were trying to close you, but you’ve weathered the storm and DeWitt Clinton will not close,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew defiantly told the staff of the Bronx high school during an Oct. 30 visit.

Around the UFT | May 30, 2013 >>

Members from Districts 5, 6 and Manhattan high schools gathered in Harlem on May 16 for a wide-ranging discussion with UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

Around the UFT | May 16, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew didn’t pull his punches in his remarks about Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education at a Meet the President event with educators from Districts 13, 14, 17 and 23 at the Regal Theater in downtown Brooklyn on May 2.

Around the UFT | March 21, 2013 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Districts 3 and 4 members who turned out for a Meet the President gathering at an East Harlem restaurant on March 13, “We want the best education system in the country.”

Around the UFT | December 20, 2012 >>

At a Meet the President event in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, on Dec. 4, some 230 educators from Districts 20, 21 and 22 met for a discussion of many issues affecting them professionally and asked questions about their concerns.

Around the UFT | December 20, 2012 >>

More than 100 members from District 31 attended a Meet the President event with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Dec. 11 and discussed topics ranging from Hurricane Sandy to teacher evaluations to the 2013 mayoral race.

Around the UFT | December 6, 2012 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew engaged in a wide-ranging discussion with educators from Brooklyn Districts 18 and 19 at a Meet the President event in Howard Beach on Nov. 27.

Around the UFT | April 19, 2012 >>

Concerned about the reduction in their ranks from 250 in 1995 to 144 today, lab specialists joined other UFT members in assigned positions with a lot on their minds at a Meet the President session at UFT headquarters on April 3. Nadine Reis, the leader of the Teachers Assigned Chapter, hosted the meeting.

Around the UFT | January 19, 2012 >>

Paperwork, SESIS compliance, testing and more testing — all the things that take time away from instruction — were a prevalent theme at the Meet the President event for members from Districts 27 and 28, held at the UFT’s Queens borough office on Dec. 13.

Around the UFT | December 22, 2011 >>

At an early-morning visit to PS 197 and IS 381 — two schools that share a building in Midwood, Brooklyn — on Dec. 6, UFT President Michael Mulgrew revealed to educators that a new education funding increase was being discussed in Albany.

Around the UFT | November 24, 2011 >>

At a Queens District 24 meeting with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Nov. 1, member Andrea Ingram stood and asked a question that was on many minds: “How do we take back our curriculum?”

Around the UFT | November 24, 2011 >>

Some 250 educators from District 6 met in northern Manhattan to hear UFT President Michael Mulgrew speak on Nov. 7, on the eve of Election Day, a coincidence of timing which set the tone for much of the union leader’s talk.

Around the UFT | November 10, 2011 >>

District 21 members at a Meet the President event in Coney Island on Oct. 24 heard from both UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Secretary Michael Mendel, who assured members that “no new evaluation system is in place except at the 33 Restart and Transformation schools.” By law, the new system must first be negotiated with the UFT, he said.

Around the UFT | November 10, 2011 >>

In his meeting with some 250 UFT members from District 31 and BASIS high schools on Oct. 25, UFT President Michael Mulgrew discussed many of the challenges and issues that New York City educators must deal with these days.

Around the UFT | October 27, 2011 >>

The District 2 meeting with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Oct. 6 drew more than 200 UFT members. Introduced by District Representative Alfred Gonzales as “now a national labor leader” for his fight to save teacher jobs and his prominence at the Occupy Wall Street labor-support rally, Mulgrew deflected the credit, saying “it has to do with you and your struggle to prevent layoffs.”

Around the UFT | March 24, 2011 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 8 visited with the staff at PS 226 in Brooklyn, which is among the schools featured by the union in a series of videos celebrating public schools that can be viewed on the UFT’s website.

Around the UFT | January 20, 2011 >>

The large crowd of educators filling the meeting hall at the union’s Brooklyn borough office roared when UFT President Michael Mulgrew described a certain species of academic familiar to them. “Drive-by educators — principals for a year, the new consultants, the upper echelon in charge of the public schools who can’t even finish a sentence without using focus group buzz words like ‘academic rigor,’” he said.

Around the UFT | June 17, 2010 >>

“It was a good meeting of the minds at a school that works,” said UFT Brooklyn District 20 Representative Ellen Driesen of UFT President Michael Mulgrew’s June 2 visit at IS 220 in Sunset Park. Chapter Leader Lisa Baldassano-Colon pointed out that the staff’s “biggest concerns are the budget situation and, although it doesn’t affect our school directly, concern about the placement of charter schools in public school buildings.”

Around the UFT | May 20, 2010 >>

Bloodied but unbowed, a packed audience of Bronx high school teachers welcomed UFT President Michael Mulgrew to the union’s borough office for a Meet the President event on April 20. Not surprisingly, the educators — whose borough bore the brunt of the recent conflict over school closings — had a lot on their minds.

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