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News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

The number of oversize classes in New York City public schools continued to trend downward this year, according to the UFT’s annual data. On the 10th day of school this year, there were 2, 181 oversize classes in 411 schools, compared to 2,525 classes in 465 schools on the 10th day last year.

News stories | November 2, 2017 >>

The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, a case that seeks to starve public-sector unions of the funding they need to provide services to members. 

News stories | October 5, 2017 >>

Staff at the UFT Certification Department helps members navigate the certification process and rescues applications that are endangered because of bureaucratic oversights and other reasons.

News briefs | October 5, 2017 >>

A lawsuit challenging teacher tenure law in Minnesota was defeated on Sept. 5 as a state court of appeals panel upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

Know your rights | October 5, 2017 >>

Among the many meaningful rights and professional protections that your contract provides is time carved out each day for teachers to do professional work.

Info you should know | October 5, 2017 >>

Paraprofessionals, including one-on-one paras, are entitled to a duty-free lunch period.

Editorials | October 5, 2017 >>

When most people think about the job security that comes with union membership, the first thing that comes to mind is protection of due process rights — making sure teachers get a fair hearing if they are threatened with losing their job for any reason.

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.

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