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Topics in the News:
News stories | November 1, 2018 >>
In the proposed contract announced on Oct. 11, the UFT has negotiated an expedited process to bring relief to teachers facing oversize classes sooner and to address unresolved violations that must go to arbitration faster.
News stories | November 1, 2018 >>
The UFT reported a modest decrease in the total number of oversize classes in New York City public schools this fall for the second year in a row. By the tenth day of school, 401 schools citywide were out of compliance with 2,056 oversize classes, compared with 437 schools with 2,181 classes the previous year.
National education and labor news | November 1, 2018 >>
Missouri labor unions have taken the state to court over a new law championed by Republican lawmakers that makes it easier to fire state workers, saying the changes infringe on collective bargaining rights enshrined in the state constitution.
Chapter leader shoutout | November 1, 2018 >>
Jason Klein, the chapter leader at Medgar Evers Preparatory Academy, is now the seventh round of his annual fight to bring class size under control in his high-achieving, overcrowded Bronx school.
Know your rights | October 4, 2018 >>
Among the many meaningful rights and professional protections that your contract provides is time carved out each day for teachers to do professional work. Teachers are generally entitled to five prep periods per week. Prep periods are self-directed; teachers determine what to do during their prep periods.
News stories | October 4, 2018 >>
The UFT has filed two grievances with the city Department of Education on behalf of more than a dozen teachers over substandard seating provided to them in January and June for grading Regents exams at distributive scoring sites.
Know your rights | July 5, 2018 >>
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 | May 3, 2018 >>
City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to negotiate a fair paid parental leave policy for New York City public school educators at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on April 24.
Q & A on the issues | May 3, 2018 >>
If you want a new opportunity, wish to be closer to home or have been placed in excess, the Open Market Transfer Plan gives you the chance to apply for a position at another school.
New teacher articles | April 5, 2018 >>
Gaining tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.
Press releases | March 28, 2018 >>
Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, issued a statement in response to the appellate division's decision to allow an anti-tenure lawsuit to proceed.
Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>
The UFT will continue to fight to get the Campaign for Fiscal Equity monies dispersed to NYC schools.
News stories | March 1, 2018 >>
The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard spirited arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a lawsuit aimed at starving public-employee unions, including the UFT, of the funding they need to provide services to and advocate for workers.
Q & A on the issues | March 1, 2018 >>
This Q&A gives you the information you need to know about the Janus case before the Supreme Court and its ramifications for UFT members.
Press releases | February 26, 2018 >>
As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in the anti-union “Janus” case, New York City public school educators say they are sticking with their union.
Know your rights | February 1, 2018 >>
The union contract empowers us as educators to do our jobs well. It includes articles and rights whose sole aim is to ensure that we have the resources, support and structures in place so that we can do our best to educate our students. It gives us an important voice in the workplace and a mechanism for addressing problems that arise.
Education nation | February 1, 2018 >>
As public employee unions brace for a ruling in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a cautionary tale is unfolding in Wisconsin.
Editorials | February 1, 2018 >>
What would life be like if your union disappeared?
Feature stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Alessandra Giuffre takes her students on a magical journey from PS 140 in the Bronx to the world of words, reading them the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and immersing them in wizardry and wonder.
News stories | January 4, 2018 >>
Tenure rights of New York teachers were the focus of heated arguments in a Brooklyn courtroom on Nov. 30 as lawyers for the UFT and other unions pressed a state appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit attacking those fundamental safeguards.