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Editorials | September 7, 2017 >>

It’s a big win for our students: This year, virtually all New York City public schools will offer universal free lunch. The UFT helped to make it happen. UFT members and officers testified at hearings, lobbied Mayor Bill de Blasio and spread the word through social media, rallies and regular news conferences.

News stories | September 7, 2017 >>

New Yorkers entering the voting booth on Nov. 7 will face a choice on the back of their ballots: whether or not to allow a costly and open-ended state constitutional convention to rewrite the state’s highest law, putting public-employee pensions and other cherished rights and benefits at risk.

News stories | September 7, 2017 >>

The UFT has endorsed New York State Assemblyman Francisco Moya to in the Democratic Primary on Sept. 12 for the New York City Council’s 21st District in Corona and Elmhurst, Queens.

Union resolutions | June 14, 2017 >>

The UFT stands in solidarity with the AFT and Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, the AMPR-Local Sindical and other trade unions to find solutions that advance our shared values of safeguarding public education and workers’ rights through collective bargaining.

News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

With an administration in the White House that has shown skepticism and even contempt for scientific research and evidence, science teachers and other UFT members took to the streets on Saturday, April 22, along with thousands of fellow New Yorkers at the March for Science.

News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

With public education at risk from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ privatization agenda, more than 800 UFT members and public school parents journeyed to Albany to call on state lawmakers to protect and support New York City public schools.

Union resolutions | April 19, 2017 >>

The United Federation of Teachers will embark on a voter-registration drives for eligible New York City High School students and others eligible to vote in New York City; the UFT will seek to work with our community and civil rights partners to increase voter education, registration and participation; the UFT will educate, assist and empower those in New York City who are not eligible to vote on matters regarding individual rights and safety as well as roles and responsibilities of active citizen engagement.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse the mayor’s re-election bid set for this coming November. “We are blessed that we have a mayor who will stand with every single public school teacher to defend our profession and the right to be unionists,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Betsy DeVos was narrowly approved as education secretary by the Senate following a bruising confirmation process and a deafening public outcry over her nomination.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers on Feb. 14 in Albany to fully fund the foundation aid that New York City schools need — and to extend and enhance the millionaire’s tax to help pay for it.

Editorials | March 2, 2017 >>

With the new administration in Washington, D.C., it’s more important than ever that our public schools and the students we teach have strong supporters.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

At the UFT’s annual Legislative Reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in Albany, nearly 200 state government officials and other guests got a bird’s-eye view of the capital and an overall look at the union’s legislative priorities for the upcoming fiscal year.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

New York State could eliminate its $3.5 billion budget deficit — money that could help bolster schools and other social needs — if state lawmakers closed the “carried interest” loophole favoring private equity and hedge fund managers, said UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other proponents of closing the carried interest loophole at an Albany news conference on Feb. 14.

Press releases | February 8, 2017 >>

The Delegate Assembly of the United Federation of Teachers today voted to endorse Mayor Bill de Blasio in his re-election race this fall.

President's perspective | February 2, 2017 >>

With public schools under unprecedented attack, it has never been more important for educators and parents to tell their stories.

News stories | February 2, 2017 >>

Thousands of UFT members participated in the Women's Marches in NYC and Washington, D.C., the birth of a large protest movement.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

When the results of the presidential election left many New York City public school students and their families feeling vulnerable, educators across the city mobilized to participate in a Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 21 in support of an inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful environment for all students.

Q & A on the issues | January 5, 2017 >>

On Nov. 7, 2017, New York voters will be asked to weigh in on a question of vital importance: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” The answer is NO!

Education nation | January 5, 2017 >>

Don't confuse Betsy DeVos, Trump's nominee for education, secretary, with run-of-the-mill charter advocates. Her goal is "the full dismantling of public schools in favor of religious and private schools," says one critic.

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