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News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8 was “Press for Progress,” and UFT members did just that by wearing purple — the color traditionally associated with International Women’s Day — in support of the UFT’s campaign for paid parental leave. 

News stories | April 5, 2018 >>

There is strength in organizing. One Queens community proved that on March 1, when the Panel for Educational Policy rejected the Department of Education’s plan to shut two Far Rockaway schools.

Around the UFT | April 5, 2018 >>

March 16 marked the 58th anniversary of the formation of the United Federation of Teachers, and UFT members at schools throughout the city celebrated that anniversary in various ways as union chapters across the city braced themselves for an adverse decision in the anti-union Janus case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

News stories | December 7, 2017 >>

New Yorkers had their say, and they said no — resoundingly — to a state constitutional convention on Nov. 8. “The Vote NO campaign was a case study in how engaged and informed union members can mobilize to protect their rights and benefits,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

Around the UFT | December 7, 2017 >>

PS 209 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, donated more than $1,000 to help the UFT provide homeless children with winter clothes at its annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

News | October 5, 2017 >>

At PS 178 in Inwood, it was all hands on deck to raise the alarm about the threat posed by the Nov. 7 ballot referendum for a constitutional convention.

News stories | March 2, 2017 >>

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

When the results of the presidential election left many New York City public school students and their families feeling vulnerable, educators across the city mobilized to participate in a Day of Action on Monday, Nov. 21 in support of an inclusive, diverse, safe and respectful environment for all students.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

School communities across the city participated in a nationwide Day of Action on Oct. 7 to highlight the $1.6 billion that Albany owes New York City public schools.

Feature stories | June 2, 2016 >>

From ice cream socials to balloons to superhero costumes, UFT members around the city found unique ways to commemorate the first citywide celebration of public schools on May 4.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Seven school chapters that stood out in this spring’s #AllKidsNeed campaign to protect public education were honored at this year's Teacher Union Day. While each school took a different approach, they all made the point that educators are the solution, not the problem.

News stories | December 3, 2015 >>

Following the extraordinary mobilization of hundreds of school communities in defense of public education last spring, Teacher Union Day this year had a new focus: honoring seven school chapters for going above and beyond in the fight against Gov. Cuomo.

Feature stories | July 10, 2015 >>

With the new time allotted in the UFT-DOE contract for professional development, the staff development committee at P 4, a District 75 school in Queens, seized the opportunity to allow educators to showcase their skills for each other.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Protests against Cuomo’s harmful public education agenda peaked in New York City on March 12, when parents, their children and educators joined hands to form a human chain around their buildings as if to protect them from the governor’s proposals.

President's perspective | April 2, 2015 >>

Every phone call, every Facebook post, every sign you made — it all helped move the needle and educate the public on the truth behind the governor’s proposals.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

Around 150 parents, teachers and students from Brooklyn’s Community School District 15 rallied and picketed outside Gov. Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan offices on March 11. 
PS 24 Chapter Leader Erika Dagress said she trekked to the rally from her Sunset Park school because Cuomo “is trying to break public education.”

News stories | March 5, 2015 >>

Through new media such as Twitter and Facebook to more traditional forms of protest, members and allies are getting out the word that the governor’s proposals would harm children, damage schools and threaten the future of public education.

Editorial cartoons | March 5, 2015 >>
News stories | April 17, 2014 >>

Incensed by what they said were confusing, developmentally inappropriate or needlessly long questions on this year’s English language arts exams, teachers, parents and students at more than 35 schools in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn mounted early-morning protests against the tests on April 11, drawing large turnouts.

Around the UFT | March 27, 2014 >>

UFT members participate in a protest on March 21 in front of the Bay Ridge office of state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsored a bill making its way through the Legislature that would grant sizable tax credits for donations to scholarship funds for religious and other private schools in New York State.

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