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Topics in the News:
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.
National education and labor news | 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.
President's perspective | October 6, 2016 >>
When we hear a constant drumroll of complaints about a persistent obstacle, we take it seriously. And paperwork is the No. 1 complaint our members have about their workday.
Vperspective | October 6, 2016 >>
The key to knowing the difference between a gripe and a grievance is an understanding of our collective-bargaining agreements. It is only then that we truly know our rights.
News | September 9, 2016 >>
Since 2014, study sabbaticals are back! The deadline to apply is in February/March.
Know your rights | September 8, 2016 >>
As we enter a new school year, teachers should be aware of the rights of their students to instructional materials and reasonable class sizes.
National education and labor news | September 8, 2016 >>
A California Supreme Court majority declined to hear Vergara v. California, the case that challenged teacher tenure and other job protections for teachers.
News | August 31, 2016 >>
For teachers who receive a rating of Ineffective for the 2015-16 school year, there is a process in place to appeal the rating.
Feature stories | July 7, 2016 >>
I ran into a boy who was my student in grade 2 at the UFT’s Thanksgiving meal for homeless students. When I decided to volunteer for the luncheon, I never expected to end up crying. My former student and I recognized each other right away, and he didn’t leave my side all day. It all hit home for me when I saw him there. How sad I was to see him and his family going through a housing crisis.
Know your rights | July 7, 2016 >>
All members — not just teachers — have the opportunity to transfer to a different school under the Open Market Transfer Plan.
Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>
Thanks to your union membership, you have a secure job you can count on. You cannot lose your job at management's whim.