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Topics in the News:
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.
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.
National education and labor news | 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.
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.
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.