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News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

In a resounding win for teacher professionalism and teacher voice, an arbitrator has ruled that “lesson plans are for the personal use of the teacher” and that principals may not “mandate specific elements of lesson plans.”

Info you should know | May 15, 2014 >>

UFT members who volunteered in shelters during Hurricane Sandy and were not paid for all hours worked have won their right to be paid, thanks to a union-initiated grievance.

Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>
The proposed contract reflects the importance of having a negotiating partner in City Hall who understands and respects the work that UFT members do, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a striking difference from the modus operandi of the previous administration.
Press releases | May 2, 2014 >>

On May 1, the UFT and DOE announced that they had come to a tentative agreement on a contract. Here are some highlights of the proposed contract.

National education and labor news | April 17, 2014 >>

A Kansas bill eliminating the due-process rights of K-12 teachers is headed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk.

Feature stories | March 27, 2014 >>

Teachers’ answers to the UFT‘s comprehensive, random-sample survey of their work lives and professional views, conducted just before he left office, show just how low teacher morale has fallen and how grueling teachers’ working conditions have become.

News stories | March 27, 2014 >>

The UFT survey invited teachers to rate a slew of education reforms. We asked, on a scale of 1 to 4, how effective would each be at improving educational outcomes for New York City public school students?

National education and labor news | February 6, 2014 >>

Teacher tenure is on trial in a Los Angeles courtroom as so-called education reformers challenge teachers unions over fundamental job protections.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Teachers at Beginning with Children Charter School, a K-8 charter school represented by the UFT, have reaffirmed their right to unassigned prep periods, thanks to an arbitrator’s decision. The victory for teachers comes as the school’s very existence is being threatened.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

The UFT can claim some significant arbitration victories this year in its fight to make the Department of Education abide by the class-size restrictions in the DOE-UFT contract.

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

A District 75 paraprofessional in the Bronx who was terminated by the Department of Education in October, 2010 is back in the classroom with full back pay and benefits after an arbitrator ruled that the DOE investigation resulting in her firing was “fatally flawed” and found the discharge was not based on “good and sufficient reason.”

News stories | December 19, 2013 >>

The DOE will be paying nearly $4 million to 12,465 UFT members in their Nov. 30 paychecks in the second round of payments to compensate them for the hundreds of hours beyond the normal school day they spent logging data onto the Special Education Student Information System.

News | November 18, 2013 >>

Class sizes in 1st through 5th grades rose for the sixth straight year this fall, reaching their highest levels in at least a decade, according to new data released by the Department of Education on Nov. 15.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

A new online form that went live on Oct. 28 provides a formal way to address issues that teachers may be facing with implementation of the evaluation system.

News stories | November 14, 2013 >>

The UFT has filed 17 union-initiated grievances over implementation of the new teacher evaluation system based on problems brought to the union’s attention by teachers, chapter leaders and district representatives around the city.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

Provoking an angry retort from UFT President Michael Mulgrew, Mayor Bloomberg announced today that the Department of Education is suing the UFT for failing to appoint enough arbitrators to handle teacher disciplinary cases. Mulgrew accused Bloomberg of playing fast and loose with the facts.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

A state judge on Sept. 30 granted a preliminary injunction to the Municipal Labor Committee, a coalition of labor unions representing nearly 500,000 city workers, ordering the Bloomberg administration not to put its health benefits contract for city employees up for bids.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

Hundreds of classes in three Queens high schools were still oversize on Oct. 2, 18 days after the start of the 2013 school year.

News stories | October 17, 2013 >>

As if Cardozo HS hasn’t had enough problems dealing with oversize classrooms, the Department of Education is now asking the school to rectify a $400,000 error. That’s the amount of money disbursed by mistake by DOE bookkeepers to the Bayside school.

Press releases | September 27, 2013 >>

After Mayor Bloomberg announced a lawsuit against the UFT concerning the terms of an agreement to assign more arbitrators to hear cases against teachers, UFT President Michael Mulgrew responded by bringing attention to the Bloomberg administration's mismanagement.

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