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Education nation | September 6, 2018 >>
After a spring awakening of walkouts and strikes, educators around the country are running for office in unprecedented numbers to have a say in the decisions that affect their lives and the lives of their students.
News stories | July 5, 2018 >>
Brooklyn teachers rallied outside state Sen. Marty Golden’s office in Bay Ridge on June 1 to try to change his mind — and his opposition — to the state bill to sever the mandatory link between students’ state test scores and teacher evaluations.
A courageous Federation of Nurses/UFT member faced the former patient who attacked her as he was sentenced on May 4 in State Supreme Court on Staten Island. The nurse's assailant will serve two to four years under the state’s 2010 Violence against Nurses law, which made it a felony to assault an on-duty registered nurse or licensed practical nurse after years of lobbying by the UFT.
In a spirited morning town hall on public education, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for more unrestricted funds to go to schools so classroom educators can decide how that money is spent.
A bill to uncouple standardized test scores from teacher evaluations and delete them from students’ permanent records may be close to being approved by state lawmakers.
Chapter news | May 14, 2018 >>
On Tuesday, May 8, in honor of National Nurses Week, a contingent of Federation of Nurses/UFT members traveled to Albany to lobby for health care issues.
Press releases | April 13, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Working Families Party's endorsement of Cynthia Nixon in her bid for governor.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 was “Press for Progress,” and UFT members did just that by wearing purple — the color traditionally associated with International Women’s Day — in support of the UFT’s campaign for paid parental leave.
In the wake of a new federal tax policy that hurts New York State, the UFT sent more than 1,100 members and public school parents to Albany on March 19 to talk face-to-face with state lawmakers about the need to protect New York City public schools from Washington, D.C.
It was not yet dawn on Saturday, March 24, when 38 students at Martin Van Buren HS in Queens Village boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C.
There is strength in organizing. One Queens community proved that on March 1, when the Panel for Educational Policy rejected the Department of Education’s plan to shut two Far Rockaway schools.
Around the UFT | April 5, 2018 >>
March 16 marked the 58th anniversary of the formation of the United Federation of Teachers, and UFT members at schools throughout the city celebrated that anniversary in various ways as union chapters across the city braced themselves for an adverse decision in the anti-union Janus case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
News stories | January 4, 2018 >>
When the UFT launched its fight for paid parental leave in November, more than 6,000 members joined the campaign. In December, chapter leaders and engaged members organized “baby showers” in their schools to educate fellow members about parental leave issues and share stories about how the DOE’s lack of paid parental leave has affected them.
News stories | December 7, 2017 >>
Thousands of UFT members have signed up to be part of the campaign urging the city to provide paid parental leave. Many of them shared stories of being forced to return to work just days or weeks after giving birth because of financial considerations that would not allow them to take a longer, unpaid leave.
News stories | December 7, 2017 >>
New Yorkers had their say, and they said no — resoundingly — to a state constitutional convention on Nov. 8. “The Vote NO campaign was a case study in how engaged and informed union members can mobilize to protect their rights and benefits,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Around the UFT | December 7, 2017 >>
PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, donated more than $1,000 to help the UFT provide homeless children with winter clothes at its annual Thanksgiving luncheon.
President's perspective | December 7, 2017 >>
UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.
News stories | November 2, 2017 >>
In the crucial weeks before Election Day, the UFT and its members stepped into high gear to spread the word about why New Yorkers should vote “no” on holding a state constitutional convention.
Union resolutions | October 18, 2017 >>
The UFT supports the NYC march for climate justice on Oct. 28 as well as the community actions on Oct. 29 sponsored by a coalition of more than 65 environment, labor and social justice organizations.