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Around the UFT | January 3, 2019 >>
It was a day of wonder and thrills, a chance to fist-bump with the mighty Bumble Bee Transformer and dance with the Black Panther. But it was Santa Claus who won the hearts of the 120 children from homeless shelters across the city who lined up to whisper in his ear at the UFT’s annual holiday party, organized with the help of the Coalition for the Homeless, on Dec. 15.
News stories | December 6, 2018 >>
The union faced some of the gravest threats in its history over the past year. At Teacher Union Day, members celebrated how the UFT had emerged stronger than ever because they had banded together to face those challenges.
Around the UFT | July 5, 2018 >>
School secretaries have many responsibilities. But for Mona Gonzalez, who is stepping down as chapter leader, the job will always be about relationships. “The relationships and memories will last a lifetime,” she said after accepting the Annette Carlucci Celebration of Life Award at the union’s 32nd annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon on June 2.
The UFT honored 180 high school students with $5,000 Albert Shanker Scholarships, and eight graduate students received awards to continue their studies, at a reception and ceremony in Shanker Hall at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on May 15.
Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>
“I’m so excited to be a part of District 11 — it’s like one big family,” said Jasmin Hunt, a teacher at PS 153 in the Bronx. Big is right. Nearly 550 members of that family turned out at Villa Barone Manor on April 25 for the second annual UFT District 11 Scholarship Dinner Dance.
Around the UFT | June 7, 2018 >>
A former IS 61 student returns to help salute an outstanding teacher honoree at the annual District 24 Scholarship Dinner Dance on April 24 at Russo’s On the Bay in Howard Beach, Queens.
Some 1,600 UFT members came together at the union’s Spring Education Conference to recharge and recommit to making New York City the best urban school system in the nation even as they face a serious threat to their livelihoods from the pending Supreme Court Janus v. AFSCME case.
In a spirited morning town hall on public education, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson called for more unrestricted funds to go to schools so classroom educators can decide how that money is spent.
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza gave a rousing defense of public education and the unstoppable drive toward equity in his speech at the UFT’s Spring Education Conference.
For the fifth year in a row, UFT members laced up their running sneakers and hit the Coney Island boardwalk for the UFT’s 5K Run/Walk on May 5.
There was something for everyone at the Spring Education Conference’s bustling exhibit hall where members filled shopping bags with vendors’ giveaways and marveled at the accomplishments of the career and technical education high school students demonstrating their skills.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
Dedicated high school teachers and outstanding school chapters were honored at the fourth annual UFT Academic High School Awards Celebration on April 13.
Around the UFT | May 3, 2018 >>
The stories of scores of women who helped to build the UFT into the powerhouse it is today were told at a HERstory Sunday brunch on March 25 at union headquarters in Manhattan as part of Women's History Month.
News | April 26, 2018 >>
Here are some helpful instructions on how to register online for the 2018 Spring Education Conference.
Union resolutions | April 18, 2018 >>
The United Federation of Teachers will fully support and participate in the May Day 2018 Rally for Worker and Immigrant Rights at 5:30 p.m. in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
Middle school educators embraced their roles as “mentors, counselors, parents and advisors” at the UFT's 5th annual Middle School Conference held at union headquarters on March 3.
All play has a purpose, author Kristi Mraz told 600 educators at the UFT’s 11th annual Early Childhood Conference on March 17. They began the day at union headquarters in Manhattan by tossing a beach ball around the audience and then settled in for workshops to support the day's theme of “Ready, set, grow!”
Keep calm and counsel on. T-shirts given out at the UFT’s 14th annual School Counselors Conference on March 10 at union headquarters in Manhattan bore those words because that’s what school counselors do, School Counselors Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson told the more than 200 members gathered in Shanker Hall.
State Assemblywoman Stacey Amato — a former paraprofessional — called paras “the backbone of every classroom in every school,” at the 37th annual Paraprofessional Festival and Awards Luncheon on March 10 that drew nearly 1,000 paras to the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan to celebrate each other and their profession.