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Topics in the News:
News stories | May 2, 2019 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew warned the Delegate Assembly on April 17 that anti-union forces looking to take advantage of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in the Janus case have begun their efforts to weaken New York City public school teachers’ collective power.
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.
Feature stories | December 6, 2018 >>
Solidarity is contagious. That’s how it seems in public schools across New York City where UFT chapters are proudly proclaiming they have 100 percent union membership in their schools.
News stories | October 4, 2018 >>
More than 1,200 exuberant UFT members turned out in force to show union strength and pride at the city’s Labor Day Parade.
President's perspective | July 5, 2018 >>
That’s the power of the union — nothing less than a fully engaged membership taking on an important issue and not giving up.
News stories | July 5, 2018 >>
After months of intense negotiations and a public campaign by UFT members, the union and the Department of Education have reached an agreement that will provide paid parental leave for UFT members.
Info you should know | June 7, 2018 >>
The UFT mailed a new membership card with a member ID number to every UFT member in May. The UFT app for members only is now available for download, too.
Comments | May 3, 2018 >>
Unlike the authors of “What a difference the UFT makes” [April 5], the New York City public school system was the only school system in which I taught. However, prior to teaching, I spent 25 years working in private industry.
News stories | May 3, 2018 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 18 gave chapter leaders and delegates a sneak preview of the union’s new app that offers a simple, fast way to connect with the union and take advantage of member-only resources and discounts.
President's perspective | May 3, 2018 >>
By now you should have received your union membership card in the mail — a first for the UFT. And you should have received an email invitation from me to download the UFT app — another first.
What difference does the UFT make? Members who taught elsewhere share their stories.
I have been a New York City public school teacher for 15 years, but early in my career I taught for two years at a charter school in Manhattan.
In 2012, when I accepted a position at a charter school, I signed a whole bunch of things, including a piece of paper that said, “In our school, everyone is an administrator and everyone is a custodian.” I thought it was a euphemism for “We all help each other out,” but it turned out that they took it quite literally.
Growing up in Oklahoma, you tend to only hear about unions in a negative light. So when I made a career change six years ago and became a teacher in New York City, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the UFT.
We weren’t given the time or support to attend to all the responsibilities of teaching like grading, bulletin boards and reaching out to parents. We had preps, but those were used for data meetings and things like that.
I worked for eight years as a speech and language pathologist in a private school in Westchester County that made up the rules as it went along.
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 | April 5, 2018 >>
Registration is open for the UFT Spring Education Conference — the union’s signature education event of the year — on Saturday, May 19, at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.
There, my lesson plans were due at noon on Saturday. You eat lunch with your students and go to recess with them. There were supposed to be daily preps, but they were taken away with meetings and there was nothing you could do about that.
Union resolutions | March 28, 2018 >>
The UFT will work with other municipal unions to come up with a long-term plan to ensure the health of the labor movement in the state while we await the Janus decision.