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Carmen Alvarez, who recently retired as the UFT vice president of special educatJonathan FickiesCarmen Alvarez, who recently retired as the UFT vice president of special education, received the Charles Cogen Award, the UFT’s highest honor, from UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
 IS 27, Staten Island, shows their union spirit after receiving a Jules Kolodny Jonathan Fickies IS 27, Staten Island, shows their union spirit after receiving a Jules Kolodny Award for 100 percent membership at their school.
The UFT’s paid parental leave campaign resulted in the gaining of six weeks of  Jonathan FickiesThe UFT’s paid parental leave campaign resulted in the gaining of six weeks of  parental leave at full salary for all UFT-represented DOE employees. On Teacher Union Day, the union presented David Wittes Awards to the 20 rank-and-file members who spearheaded the campaign.
The Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton was full as Alhassen Susso, the New YoJonathan FickiesThe Grand Ballroom at the New York Hilton was full as Alhassen Susso, the New York State Teacher of the Year, gave a stirring speech after receiving the Audrey Chasen Award.
New York State Teacher of the Year Alhassen Susso, a social studies teacher at tJonathan FickiesNew York State Teacher of the Year Alhassen Susso, a social studies teacher at the International School in the Bronx, poses with his Audrey Chasen Award, presented to him by UFT Vice President of Academic High Schools Janella Hinds. Susso kept the audience spellbound as he told how he came to the United States from West Africa and became successful because of the individual attention he received from dedicated teachers, who helped him during the most difficult times in his life.
Brooklyn schools, including members from PS 180, celebrate their Jules Kolodny AJonathan FickiesBrooklyn schools, including members from PS 180, celebrate their Jules Kolodny Awards. The Brooklyn award winners were PS 41, PS 6, PS 75, PS 226, Edward R. Murrow HS and PS 180.
Some of the members from PS 7, Queens, who attended Teacher Union Day, celebrateJonathan FickiesSome of the members from PS 7, Queens, who attended Teacher Union Day, celebrate their Jules Kolodny Award.
Manhattan’s PS 36 was among the Manhattan schools honored with a Jules Kolodny AJonathan FickiesManhattan’s PS 36 was among the Manhattan schools honored with a Jules Kolodny Award.
UFT members from PS 62 in the Bronx, another Jules Kolodny award winner, pose wiJonathan FickiesUFT members from PS 62 in the Bronx, another Jules Kolodny award winner, pose with the UFT President Michael Mulgrew (far right) and Co-Staff Directors LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler (at far left).
Anthony Harmon, the master of ceremonies for Teacher Union Day and a special assJonathan FickiesAnthony Harmon, the master of ceremonies for Teacher Union Day and a special assistant to UFT President Michael Mulgrew, interviewed members of the audience during Teacher Union Day. Here he’s with (from left) UFT member Rebecca Murphy, a teacher and chapter leader at PS 91 in Queens, and her daughter, Giovanni Quiles.
The recipients of the Backer/Scheintaub Awards were honored for their work knockJonathan FickiesThe recipients of the Backer/Scheintaub Awards were honored for their work knocking on doors during the UFT’s membership drive this past year in the face of the threat to the UFT created by the Supreme Court’s Janus lawsuit.
High school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award pose with UFJonathan FickiesHigh school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award pose with UFT Vice President Sterling Robertson (far left, standing) and Vice President Janella Hinds (third from left, seated).
Middle school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award pose with Jonathan FickiesMiddle school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award pose with Vice President Rich Mantell (third from right).
Elementary school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award.Jonathan FickiesElementary school chapter leaders who received the Ely Trachtenberg Award.
Shelvy Young-Abrams, the longtime chapter leader of the Paraprofessionals ChapteJonathan FickiesShelvy Young-Abrams, the longtime chapter leader of the Paraprofessionals Chapter, received a shoutout from Anthony Harmon, the Teacher Union Day master of ceremonies. The Paraprofessional Chapter is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.
UFT Political Director Paul Egan (far left) poses with winners of the Marsh/RaimJonathan FickiesUFT Political Director Paul Egan (far left) poses with winners of the Marsh/Raimo Awards: (from second to left) Angelo Scuccimarri, Deborah Fiallo, Chaitram Aklu, Farrah Alexander and Patricia Lockhart.
The Albert Lee Smallheiser Award winners were: (from left, seated) Eliu Lara, PaJonathan FickiesThe Albert Lee Smallheiser Award winners were: (from left, seated) Eliu Lara, Parniece Richardson, Khiera Pena, UFT Vice President MaryJo Ginese, Marie Kallo; (from left, back row) UFT Secretary Howard Schoor, award presenter; UFT Assistant Director of the UFT Welfare Fund Joseph Usatch; Veronica Wilensky-Sorkin; UFT Vice President Anne Goldman, award presenter; Jessica Harvey; and Dennis Gault.

More than 1,400 UFT members, their family members and students, and friends of the union —attended the union’s annual celebration of the UFT’s founding and the union members who through their activism and dedication are keeping the union strong. The four-hour event featured the presentation of awards and a stirring speech from NYS Teacher of the Year Alhassan Susso.

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