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News stories | January 3, 2019 >>

The UFT welcomed newly elected and veteran state lawmakers to a breakfast forum on Dec. 18 to educate them about three union-backed education initiatives that need funding in the upcoming state budget: the UFT Teacher Center, UFT Community Learning Schools and the Positive Learning Collaborative.

Around the UFT | January 3, 2019 >>

UFT members packed public advocate town halls at the union’s Queens borough office on Dec. 13 and at union headquarters on Dec. 18 to meet and ask questions of the candidates vying to succeed Leticia James as the New York City public advocate.

News stories | January 3, 2019 >>

Now that the city has expedited its plan to provide all schools with air conditioning, the UFT wants the details for its members.


Union resolutions | December 12, 2018 >>

The UFT stands with organizations from across the political, religious and social spectrum — from the AFT, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Archdiocese of New York, to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Black Lives Matter and the Anti-Defamation League — in repudiating the rhetoric of hate.

News stories | December 6, 2018 >>

With UFT volunteers helping power his way to victory, Andrew Gounardes on Nov. 6 defeated Republican incumbent Marty Golden to represent the 22nd New York Senate District in southern Brooklyn, opening the door for Democrats to gain control of the state Senate.

News stories | November 1, 2018 >>

The UFT has thrown its full support behind Andrew Gounardes, who's running on the Democratic line to unseat State Senator Marty Golden, who represents the 22nd New York Senate District in southern Brooklyn.

News stories | October 4, 2018 >>

UFT-supported candidate Letitia “Tish” James won the Democratic nomination for state attorney general on Sept. 13, setting her up to make history as the first black woman to hold statewide office in New York should she win the general election in November.


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.

News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

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.

News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

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.


News stories | June 7, 2018 >>

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.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

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. 


News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

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.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

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.

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

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.

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