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Topics in the News:
News stories | July 6, 2017 >>
The data proves it: The UFT’s new paperwork reduction reporting form gets results.
Know your rights | July 6, 2017 >>
Under Measures of Teacher Practice, teachers engage in a cycle of observation, feedback and reflection with their principal or other evaluator. Here are some things you should know about this component of your rating.
News stories | June 1, 2017 >>
Professional disagreements with supervisors now can be successfully worked out through the professional conciliation process outlined in the UFT-Department of Education contract, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said during his report at the Delegate Assembly on May 10.
Union resolutions | May 10, 2017 >>
In order to strengthen its connection to rank and file members and convince them to stay “Union Loud and Proud,” the UFT will redouble its efforts to train members in how to enforce our contract, teach members how to be organizers in their schools, and support all chapters in these bottom-up efforts.
News stories | May 4, 2017 >>
A recent arbitration settlement both protects members’ contractual rights and will create a new opportunity for high school teachers to work with a maximum of eight students per school year for targeted credit recovery in lieu of their Circular 6 professional activity.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the March 22 Delegate Assembly that a new challenge to the “fair share” fees that public-sector unions collect from workers who don’t become members could reach the Supreme Court by the fall.
Editorials | April 6, 2017 >>
The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire every March is a teachable moment for students about the importance of labor unions. Workers were trapped on two floors when fire broke out because the company had locked doors to prevent theft. Many workers leapt from windows to their deaths. Others were found huddled against doors.
Research shows | April 6, 2017 >>
New research shows a connection between the loss of teacher tenure and a higher rate of teacher turnover.
News stories | April 6, 2017 >>
To settle a union-initiated grievance filed last spring, the city Department of Education on March 21 agreed to fair and consistent procedures for elementary schools that wish to departmentalize subject areas.
Labor spotlight | April 6, 2017 >>
It took 73 years for the first 26 states to adopt anti-union “right-to-work” laws, and just 37 days of the Trump administration for numbers 27 and 28 to come on board.
News briefs | March 2, 2017 >>
The right-wing group behind the anti-union Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association lawsuit has filed a nearly identical lawsuit in hopes of reaching a different result once a Supreme Court justice appointed by President Trump is seated.
Info you should know | March 2, 2017 >>
Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills have until Friday, March 17, to submit an application on SOLAS for a study sabbatical for the 2017–18 school year.
Labor spotlight | February 2, 2017 >>
Are graduate students who work 20 to 30 hours a week teaching and doing related tasks employees of the university or simply students? That is the question at the heart of the current conflict between Columbia University graduate assistants who are trying to unionize and the university management’s attempts to block them.
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 >>
Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT was able to gain a new process to help schools with chronically oversize classes find solutions.
News stories | December 1, 2016 >>
The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.
Around the UFT | November 3, 2016 >>
There were flowers, balloons, certificates and toasts of sparkling cider for 44 newly tenured teachers at a District 29 celebration of tenure on Oct. 20.
News stories | November 3, 2016 >>
The number of oversize classes in elementary and middle schools is down for the second year in a row, but that welcome news is offset by a sharp rise in the city’s high school numbers.
News stories | October 6, 2016 >>
A recent arbitration ruling with significance for more than 5,000 teachers reinforces the UFT position that principals must conduct separate pre-observation and post-observation conferences when formally observing UFT members who are still rated under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system.