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News stories | April 7, 2016 >>

UFT members are asked to support Jaime Williams and Yuh-Line Niou for the state Assembly in the special election on Tuesday, April 19, the same day as the state’s presidential primary. Niou will be running in lower Manhattan’s 65th Assembly District for the position formerly held by Sheldon Silver.

President's perspective | April 7, 2016 >>

When New Yorkers vote in the presidential primary on April 19, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

National education and labor news | April 7, 2016 >>

The AFL-CIO has launched a massive campaign to inform voters of the perils of a Trump presidency for working people and unions.

News stories | April 7, 2016 >>

More than 1,000 UFT members descended upon Albany on March 9 to advocate for more state funding for the city’s public schools.

News stories | April 7, 2016 >>

At the March 23 Delegate Assembly, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called for volunteers to work on behalf of Hillary Clinton in light of the increasing probability of a Clinton-Trump battle this fall.
“It’s now at the point that we know what’s in the best interest of the union,” Mulgrew said.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers in Albany to deliver the long-delayed $2 billion owed to New York City public schools as a result of the 2006 settlement of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT filled in state lawmakers about the issues of most importance to New York City educators on Jan. 25, when the union hosted its annual legislative reception at the Corning Tower Observation Deck in the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany. 

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT launched its Union Loud and Proud campaign at the Feb. 3 Delegate Assembly in response to the relentless attacks by right-wing billionaires on teachers unions and the rest of organized labor.

Editorials | February 4, 2016 >>

The 2016 presidential campaign already feels like it has gone on forever. But now is not the time to tune out or bail out. Among other things, the party that controls the White House in 2017 will almost certainly play a role in determining the balance of power on the U.S. Supreme Court for years to come.

President's perspective | February 4, 2016 >>

January marks the beginning of the legislative session in Albany and I am happy to report, as we head into the session, that we have seen a lot of positive change on education policy in the last year.

Union resolutions | February 3, 2016 >>

The UFT supports state legislation to mandate the enrollment of Paraprofessionals into TRS when they are hired by the NYC Department of Education.

Union resolutions | February 3, 2016 >>

The UFT calls on the New York State Legislature to rescind its 1995 mandate relief. The union also calls on NYS to require that the city's schools adhere to a maximum of five students to one teacher or provider in SETSS and related-service settings, and establish a maximum caseload for SETSS services of 20 students at the elementary level and 25 at the middle and high school levels.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

“It’s amazing to see what’s happened at PS 369 in the Bronx,” Principal Jaleelah Cooke told state and local legislators gathered to learn more about the Positive Learning Collaborative at UFT headquarters on Dec. 10.

Union resolutions | January 6, 2016 >>

The UFT urges Congress to give Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, much like Medicaid and the Veterans Administration, to stabilize the market and establish competition among the drug manufacturers.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Seven school chapters that stood out in this spring’s #AllKidsNeed campaign to protect public education were honored at this year's Teacher Union Day. While each school took a different approach, they all made the point that educators are the solution, not the problem.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Following the extraordinary mobilization of hundreds of school communities in defense of public education last spring, Teacher Union Day this year had a new focus: honoring seven school chapters for going above and beyond in the fight against Gov. Cuomo.

Editorials | December 3, 2015 >>

The 2016 presidential campaign debates have been among the most watched programming on television. That’s something to celebrate: An engaged electorate is good for democracy.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT’s four endorsed candidates claimed victory with the help of UFT members who cast ballots in the Nov. 3 special elections where every vote mattered since turnout was low.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

The UFT is calling on its members to vote for four candidates it endorsed in the upcoming Nov. 3 elections.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

At a public hearing in Albany on the state’s new receivership plan for struggling schools, UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds declared the UFT’s firm opposition, calling it a “heavy-handed action” that does nothing to improve the quality of instruction and support for children facing the greatest challenges.

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