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President's perspective | December 3, 2015 >>

In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiffs challenge the “fair share” requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

The UFT filed a union-initiated grievance when members informed it that there was confusion regarding kindergarten class size and that the contractual class-size limit of 25 was not being adhered to in many schools.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Taking a page from the playbook of civil rights activists, the right wing has embraced the strategy of using litigation to drive national policy change. 


Chapter news | November 18, 2015 >>

Information about our guidance counselor seminar series, our annual guidance counselors conference, lump-sum payment calculations, our chapter website, Teacher's Choice, new borough field support centers, our new professional development committee, new paperwork reduction standards, repurposed time and signing up for UFT text messages.

Labor spotlight | November 5, 2015 >>

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court this year could pose the gravest threat to unions in the history of the modern U.S. labor movement, labor experts say. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association challenges the “fair share” requirement that public-sector workers in unionized jobs who choose not to join their union must still pay their fair share of the cost of union representation and services.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have joined together with other public sector unions to combat the right’s attempt to use a case before the U.S. Supreme Court to hamstring them financially by abolishing agency fees for public-sector workers, UFT President Michael Mulgrew reported to the Delegate Assembly on Oct. 14.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19.

Know your rights | November 5, 2015 >>

When educators are bogged down with unnecessary and duplicative paperwork, it takes valuable time away from the work of educating and supporting our students. For that reason, the UFT negotiated a contractual clause in the 2014 contract that is designed to reduce and eliminate unnecessary paperwork.

Vperspective | November 5, 2015 >>

Our need for unity has rarely been more important. The U.S. labor movement — including the UFT — is under concerted attack from far-right conservatives who have as their end goal the destruction of unions and the rights we defend.

Press releases | October 23, 2015 >>

The UFT issued a statement in response to a procedural ruling in the anti-tenure lawsuit.

News | October 19, 2015 >>

City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19. “We are moving in the right direction but still have a long way to go,” he said.

News | September 10, 2015 >>

Lawyers for the city, the state, the UFT and its state affiliate NYSUT asked a Staten Island judge on Aug. 25 to dismiss the lawsuit to abolish tenure brought by TV personality Campbell Brown and others on the grounds that the state Legislature has dealt with many of the issues in play.

Retired teachers chapter news | September 10, 2015 >>

Thinking about the first column for the new school year while tending a long-neglected garden, I’m reminded of a popular standard I used to hear on radio station WNEW: “Autumn hath a sadness not akin to pain.”

Around the UFT | August 6, 2015 >>

In a June 26 ceremony performed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the steps of City Hall, social studies teacher Katrina Council exchanged vows with her fiancée Sara Joseph in a wedding celebrating that day’s historic Supreme Court ruling declaring marriage equality in all 50 states. 



Around the UFT | August 6, 2015 >>

Close to 100 UFT members joined with thousands of other revelers in this year’s jubilant Pride March on June 28, just two days after the Supreme Court declared marriage equality the law of the land.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

The UFT and the DOE reached agreement on May 19 on a broader set of enforceable paperwork standards in the union’s ongoing effort to reduce and eliminate the excessive paper and electronic demands that is taking educators' time away from their students.

News stories | June 4, 2015 >>

Beginning with the 2014-15 winter sports season and continuing forward, the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) has lifted the four-hour cut in the number of sessions that coaches could earn, allowing coaches to claim the full number of sessions listed in the union contract for each sport. 


Retired teachers chapter news | May 7, 2015 >>
News stories | May 7, 2015 >>

In the first test of the 2014 contract’s new standards on paperwork reduction, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the teachers at John Dewey HS in Gravesend, Brooklyn and ordered the principal to stop burdening staff with unnecessary paperwork.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

The state Legislature signed off on a final state budget on March 31 that will deliver an extra $465 million to New York City schools next year, a 6 percent increase that is the largest in eight years. 


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