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News | January 29, 2015 >>

This full-page ad ran in the New York Daily News on Jan. 29, 2015.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

“It’s not about color; it’s about human dignity,” said Suzette Robbins, a paraprofessional who joined the 10-bus caravan of UFT and NAACP members to Washington, D.C. for the Justice for All March on Dec. 13.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

The hot topic of how to increase diversity in city schools, particularly in the specialized high schools, came before a packed City Council chamber on Dec. 11.

News stories | January 8, 2015 >>

Every Assembly Member from New York City received a visit in December from a delegation of UFT members, parents and community leaders as the union kicked off a new Fairness and Equity Campaign. The union’s message: we need public schools that serve all children.

National education and labor news | December 4, 2014 >>

Voters in states and cities across the country cast ballots on Nov. 4 in favor of higher minimum wages and guaranteed paid sick days.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

Republican candidates gained a clear majority in the New York State Senate in the midterm elections on Nov. 4, despite the best efforts of the UFT and other unions and progressive organizations to elect candidates more supportive of public schools and working people.

Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

Nearly three out of four registered voters in New York State stayed home on Election Day. Turnout — or the lack of turnout — has consequences. We are now left with a state Senate obligated to financiers who support unfettered expansion of charter schools.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on Nov. 18 that the midterm elections earlier in November had put many statehouses firmly in the hands of conservative governors and legislators whose agenda would inflict harm on public schools, unions and working Americans.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

New York City Council members, joined by NAACP representatives, advocates, parent leaders and the UFT, launched a campaign to increase school diversity and credit multiple measures of student success at a press conference in the City Hall rotunda on Oct. 22.

News stories | November 6, 2014 >>

UFT members called fellow union members in the suburbs and upstate at union phone banks and a day of door-knocking in the Hudson Valley was planned for Nov. 1 as the fight to decide which party controls the state Senate came down to a handful of competitive races, all outside New York City.

News | October 30, 2014 >>

Dozens of educators, parents and schools supporters went to Time magazine's Manhattan headquarters to deliver petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the publication to apologize for its teacher-bashing cover on the Nov. 3 issue.

News | October 29, 2014 >>

The UFT is urging members to vote yes on Proposal 3 concerning the New York Bonds for School Technology Act, which would enable the state to sell up to $2 billion in bonds.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT-endorsed candidates — from seasoned hands to newcomers — won big in the Sept. 9 primary races.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

In the wake of the death of Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who disappeared from his Long Island City school in October, city and education officials are grappling with how to prevent students with a tendency to run off from leaving school buildings unattended.

Editorials | June 5, 2014 >>

We take for granted that nurses and other health care workers routinely lift patients. They move patients from beds to wheelchairs, from stationary beds to wheeled hospital gurneys, from lying prone on a bed to sitting up.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

Students, educators, parents and advocates from around the city rallied in Foley Square on May 21 to support the creation of more community schools.

News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Incensed by what they said were confusing, developmentally inappropriate or needlessly long questions on this year’s English language arts exams, teachers, parents and students at more than 35 schools in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn mounted early-morning protests against the tests on April 11, drawing large turnouts.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Matthew Kirwan, the chapter leader of PS 74 on Staten Island, said he was participating for the third time in the union’s annual Lobby Day to make sure state lawmakers heard firsthand from classroom educators about their issues. “This is our opportunity to voice those issues and advocate for things that we need,” he said.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

UFT members participate in a protest on March 21 in front of the Bay Ridge office of state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsored a bill making its way through the Legislature that would grant sizable tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for religious and other private schools in New York State.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

While progress has been made in schools regarding bullying and inappropriate treatment of gay and LGBT students and educators, there is still much work to do, UFT Vice President Sterling Roberson told the City Council Education Committee during a hearing on Feb. 25.

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