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News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

The Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly, coming on the day after Election Day, was suffering from a collective election-results hangover of, well, Trumpian proportions.

Labor spotlight | December 1, 2016 >>

Hillary Clinton was endorsed by most major unions, and organized labor’s campaign spending — much of it for Clinton and other Democrats — hit unprecedented levels. But more working-class men and women, including many in union households, voted for her opponent. What gives?

News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

With the election of Donald Trump as president, all bets about the future of "corporate" education reform are off, and public school advocates are bracing for the worst.
That was the consensus of a panelists participating in a Nov. 16 conference on the future of public schools organized by the UFT. 

President's perspective | December 1, 2016 >>

We have to hold fast to our core beliefs: that public education is critical to the future of this country; that all communities within our school communities deserve respect and dignity; and that workers have a right to unionize and be treated fairly. Our union’s 56-year history is built on fighting for those core beliefs. And nothing that happened on Nov. 8 has changed that.

National education and labor news | November 3, 2016 >>

Ramping up efforts to elect Hillary Clinton, seven labor groups joined forces with For Our Future, a Democratic super PAC, and raised $60 million to mobilize working families for the presidential candidate in battleground states.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

For 10 days in early October, a dedicated group of teachers, parents and education advocates marched 150 miles from New York City to Albany. Their goal: to shine a spotlight on the state’s failure to properly fund public schools.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

New York City public school educators and the union have been going full bore in their efforts to get Hillary Clinton elected president, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said at the start of the first Delegate Assembly of the school year in Shanker Hall on Oct. 19.

Around the UFT | November 3, 2016 >>

In the month leading up to this critical presidential election, UFT members turned out at after-school phone banks in all five union borough offices and also made calls from home on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign. 

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

School communities across the city participated in a nationwide Day of Action on Oct. 7 to highlight the $1.6 billion that Albany owes New York City public schools.

President's perspective | November 3, 2016 >>

The presidential election of 2016 is historic because we have an opportunity to elect the first woman president.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

In the Sept. 13 Democratic primaries, public school advocates backed by the UFT and NYSUT helped defeat a half-dozen challengers who had the financial backing of a super PAC promoting privatization and other schemes that siphon funding from public schools and harm working families.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

Where does Donald Trump stand on education and labor? While it’s difficult to nail down the Republican candidate for president on actual policy, he has been explicit in championing free-market competition for public education and in expressing his antipathy for teacher unions.

News | September 9, 2016 >>

Labor leaders from across the city rallied on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Sept. 9 in support of Robert Jackson, a longtime education advocate and former City Council member running for the Democratic nomination to represent the 31st District in the state Senate.

Retired teachers chapter news | September 8, 2016 >>

Ballots and bargaining are the foundations of power for working men and women.

Linking to learning | September 8, 2016 >>

This year’s race for president has been a source of keen interest for many of our students, including elementary-school students, so it presents a wonderful teachable moment.

News stories | September 8, 2016 >>

Robert Jackson has had a storied career as a community leader, public school advocate and City Council member. Now he’s running to represent the 31st District in the state Senate. Jackson is one of the candidates that the UFT has endorsed through its state affiliate, NYSUT, in New York’s primary elections on Sept. 13.

News stories | August 4, 2016 >>

“We’re stronger when every child has the chance to live up to his or her potential, and public education gives our kids that chance,’’ Hillary Clinton told the more than 3,000 delegates, including a UFT contingent, at the AFT convention in Minneapolis on July 18.

New teacher articles | July 7, 2016 >>

Consider the ways in which you might deepen your engagement with issues outside the classroom that matter to public school educators. All teachers, even brand-new ones, have a stake in political matters.

News stories | July 7, 2016 >>

Governor Andrew Cuomo on May 31 signed into law a bill that enables public school teachers and other public employees who are honorably discharged veterans and have five years in their civilian jobs to purchase up to three years of service credit toward their pensions.

National education and labor news | July 7, 2016 >>
The largest labor federation in the United States on June 16 endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States, vowing to throw the full weight of more than 50 unions representing about 12.5 million workers behind her candidacy.
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