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News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

Public-sector unions nationwide survived a serious threat when the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked on March 29 over a challenge by conservatives to the fair-share fees that public-sector unions collect from workers who don’t become members.

News stories | May 5, 2016 >>

In a victory for unions nationwide, the California Court of Appeal on April 14 reversed a lower court decision that had thrown out teacher tenure and seniority rights for the state’s public school teachers.

Press releases | April 14, 2016 >>

After the California Court of Appeals reversed the lower court ruling in the anti-tenure lawsuit, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the reversal was "a clear demonstration of the weakness of the Vergara case." He observed, "The Vergara plaintiffs’ attack on teacher due-process protections was and is a partisan political crusade masquerading as a court case."

Feature stories | April 7, 2016 >>

You have a contract that defines and defends your rights. Workers without a union have no such protections.

Press releases | March 29, 2016 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

Everyone who works hard should have a dignified nd secure retirement. And yet the average U.S. worker, without the backing of a union, faces great uncertainty.

Feature stories | March 3, 2016 >>

For Patricia Ginestri, it meant the difference between isolation and support. For Cassandra St. Felix, it meant getting her job back. And for Gloria Winograd, it meant life-saving health benefits as she tackled Stage 4 cancer. Read their stories and more.

News stories | March 3, 2016 >>

The UFT launched its Union Loud and Proud campaign at the Feb. 3 Delegate Assembly in response to the relentless attacks by right-wing billionaires on teachers unions and the rest of organized labor.

President's perspective | March 3, 2016 >>

It’s not clear how Friedrichs and the other cases that were on the court docket at the time of Scalia’s death will be decided. But one thing is certain: The anti-worker forces arrayed against us aren’t going away.

Labor spotlight | March 3, 2016 >>

A victory for Friedrichs would effectively turn every state into a “right-to-work’’ state. And that wouldn’t be good for workers, including teachers.

Editorial cartoons | February 4, 2016 >>
News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

As hundreds of union leaders and members gathered outside the courthouse with protest signs, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Jan. 11 in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Union, a case that threatens to undermine the ability of the UFT and other public unions to advocate effectively on behalf of its members.

Vperspective | February 4, 2016 >>

These are critical times for all public-sector unions in light of the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court. Perhaps nowhere is occupational mission and the importance of union membership more intertwined than among public school educators.

Retired teachers chapter news | January 7, 2016 >>

Union endorsement of candidates for public office has understandably always raised some disagreement.
 The AFT’s early endorsement of Hillary Clinton in July precipitated just such an ongoing discussion among our members.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

The Federation of Nurses/UFT’s fighting spirit was on full display at the union’s annual Professional Issues Conference on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21. Around 250 nurses turned out for the event, which included panels on the politics of health care and the challenges faced by practitioners and a plethora of workshops on everything from time management to women’s health.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

In the first-ever online survey conducted during a Delegate Assembly meeting, UFT members helped quantify the problems with integrated co-teaching classes this school year.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

At a luncheon in their honor on Nov. 24, UFT President Michael Mulgrew praised the work of the UFT’s newest retirees in “changing thousands of lives in the toughest school system in the country.”

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

A coalition of 22 state attorneys general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold existing law that protects the right of public-sector unions to collect “fair share” fees from workers who do not choose to join the union but are covered by collective-bargaining agreements that benefit them.

Retired teachers chapter news | December 3, 2015 >>

In order to reach out to all our members, the RTC holds regular monthly meetings here at union headquarters and annual meetings here in the Greater New York area and all over the country where our retirees have relocated.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT Delegate Assembly put an exclamation point on its November meeting by ending it with a resounding rejection of the education practices of Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academy Charter Schools.
To raucous applause, the delegate body unanimously approved a resolution calling for a moratorium on the opening of new Success Academy Charter Schools pending a full investigation of the disciplinary policies and high rate of suspensions at current Success schools.

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