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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.
News | June 21, 2016 >>

A 27.5 percent increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice, the UFT’s top budget priority, was secured for the 2016–17 fiscal year after an intense lobbying campaign by members on social media and by union leaders at Council meetings and hearings.

News stories | June 2, 2016 >>

Maxine Webb joined 900 other nurses across the state on May 10 in Albany for Nurses Lobby Day to urge state legislators to support a bill establishing safe staffing standards in hospitals and nursing homes.

Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

From ice cream socials to balloons to superhero costumes, UFT members around the city found unique ways to commemorate the first citywide celebration of public schools on May 4.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

This year’s push by parents and educators for additional state funding for public schools paid off when the governor and Albany lawmakers on April 1 finalized a new state budget that contained a $1.4 billion increase in state education funding, with $525 million going to New York City public schools.

Editorial cartoons | May 5, 2016 >>
News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Hillary Clinton, endorsed by the UFT’s national affiliate the AFT, scored a decisive victory in the April 19 New York State Democratic presidential primary.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

At the monthly Delegate Assembly on the afternoon following the New York State presidential primaries on April 19, UFT President Michael Mulgrew thanked the many UFT members who volunteered for the union’s Hillary Clinton campaign, but then he quickly turned his focus to the battle ahead in November.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Hillary Clinton, a surprise guest at NYSUT’s Representative Assembly on April 8, promised the nearly 1,800 delegates that they “will have a partner in the White House” if she is elected president of the United States.

News | April 19, 2016 >>

UFT members are asked to support Hillary Clinton in New York's presidential primary on Tuesday, April 19.

News stories | April 7, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew on March 16 urged Council members to put additional money in next year’s city budget to support the programs that help teachers help students: Community Learning Schools, the Positive Learning Collaborative and Teacher’s Choice.

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