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New teacher articles | January 3, 2019 >>

Gaining tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.

National education and labor news | November 1, 2018 >>

Missouri labor unions have taken the state to court over a new law championed by Republican lawmakers that makes it easier to fire state workers, saying the changes infringe on collective bargaining rights enshrined in the state constitution.

New teacher articles | April 5, 2018 >>

Gaining tenure is an important milestone for new teachers. There are many steps you can take to prepare for your tenure decision.

Press releases | March 28, 2018 >>

Adam Ross, the UFT's general counsel, issued a statement in response to the appellate division's decision to allow an anti-tenure lawsuit to proceed.

News stories | January 4, 2018 >>

Tenure rights of New York teachers were the focus of heated arguments in a Brooklyn courtroom on Nov. 30 as lawyers for the UFT and other unions pressed a state appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit attacking those fundamental safeguards.

National education and labor news | October 5, 2017 >>

A lawsuit challenging teacher tenure law in Minnesota was defeated on Sept. 5 as a state court of appeals panel upheld a lower court’s dismissal of the case.

Research shows | April 6, 2017 >>

New research shows a connection between the loss of teacher tenure and a higher rate of teacher turnover.

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.

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 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."

Press releases | October 23, 2015 >>

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

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.

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. 

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

The UFT is appealing a state judge’s ruling that allowed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of teacher tenure and seniority rights to proceed. 

News stories | February 5, 2015 >>

Lawyers for the UFT and NYSUT vigorously defended due the process rights for teachers and made a forceful case in state Supreme Court on Jan. 16 for the dismissal of two lawsuits that attack those rights.

News stories | December 4, 2014 >>

It’s time to apologize. That was the message sent by UFT President Michael Mulgrew and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Oct. 30 as they delivered petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the editors of Time magazine to apologize for a recent cover.

News | October 30, 2014 >>

Dozens of educators, parents and schools supporters went to Time magazine's Manhattan headquarters to deliver petitions with more than 100,000 signatures calling on the publication to apologize for its teacher-bashing cover on the Nov. 3 issue.

Press releases | October 28, 2014 >>

Citing a New York State Court of Appeals decision that found that tenure serves the public interest and protects teachers "from the abuses they might be subjected to if they could be dismissed at the whim of their supervisors," the United Federation of Teachers today moved to dismiss Davids vs. New York and Wright vs. New York, a set of lawsuits that seek to overturn teacher job protections and seniority.

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

A New York State Supreme Court justice on Sept. 11 granted the UFT’s motion to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to eliminate teachers’ due process rights.

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