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Vperspective | February 7, 2019 >>

Our hard-earned rights and benefits become meaningless unless we’re willing to defend them. Standing up for ourselves and our students through collective action looks different from one school to the next, but taken all together, our ability to act collectively makes us a powerful force for advancing education in our city.

Union resolutions | January 16, 2019 >>

The UFT stands with the New Museum employees in their effort to organize and join UAW Local 2110.

News stories | May 3, 2018 >>

The UFT has successfully negotiated a new four-year contract with four New Visions charter schools, winning a pay increase totaling 8 percent, a shorter work day and a shorter school year.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

The UFT scored three more organizing victories in the health care and nonprofit education sectors this summer.

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

Parents, shocked by high turnover and minimal wages at their daughter’s Brooklyn preschool went to bat for the beleaguered workers. Now, the UFT is trying to negotiate a first contract.

News stories | June 1, 2017 >>

By a wide margin, educators at the Fusion Academy Park Avenue private school in Manhattan elected to join the UFT in late April. Frustrating work schedules and substandard wages prompted Fusion employees to seek union representation.

Labor spotlight | June 1, 2017 >>

The Institute for Culinary Education sits atop several lists of the nation’s best culinary schools. It has gotten there, say many of the school’s instructors, despite its management.


News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

In a 28-0 vote, employees of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side have elected the UFT as their bargaining representative.

Labor spotlight | February 2, 2017 >>

Are graduate students who work 20 to 30 hours a week teaching and doing related tasks employees of the university or simply students? That is the question at the heart of the current conflict between Columbia University graduate assistants who are trying to unionize and the university management’s attempts to block them.




News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Teachers and professional staff at University Prep Charter HS in the South Bronx on Nov. 20 approved a new two-year contract by unanimous vote. 


Editorial cartoons | December 3, 2015 >>
National education and labor news | December 3, 2015 >>

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a charter network that has been interfering with teachers’ efforts to form a union with United Teachers Los Angeles, the city’s AFT affiliate.

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.

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 | September 10, 2015 >>

The news site Vice on Aug. 7 became the fourth new media site to unionize this summer, following in the steps of Gawker, Salon and The Guardian US.

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

In a positive sign for other charter-school organizing drives around the country, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer ruled on July 31 that Teach for America teachers at a Detroit charter school chain are eligible to join the same bargaining unit as other teachers at the chain.

News stories | July 10, 2015 >>

Educators at the Amber Charter School in East Harlem ratified a new contract by unanimous vote on June 15.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

After more than eight years without a contract, administrative law judges represented by the UFT have ratified their first-ever agreement with the city. Judges' pay will rise 36 percent over the course of the 11-year contract.


Labor spotlight | March 6, 2014 >>

Wages of airport workers - from baggage handlers to security officers and cabin cleaners - have fallen steeply in recent decades. Now low-wage airport workers are fighting back and having some victories.

Labor spotlight | January 16, 2014 >>

New York University has becomes the first private university in the country whose graduate employees are unionized. Teaching and research assistants voted in December to join the UAW in a bid for better pay and benefits.

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