Dorothy Callaci

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

We will always ‘watch out for each other’

History and politics topped the menu for the record crowd of 570 retirees attending the 55th annual UFT Retired Teachers Chapter Luncheon on May 29 at the New York Hilton in midtown Manhattan.

‘Being there whenever there’s a problem’

The first UFT School Counselors Recognition Ceremony on June 12 at the union’s Brooklyn borough office honored 18 school counselors for the critical role they play in the lives of many of the city’s more than one million students. 

Kudos to Farrah Alexander, PS 64, Manhattan

There was no chapter leader at PS 64 in the East Village when teacher Farrah Alexander returned from maternity leave in September so she stepped up to the plate. “I know that complaining is not productive and that we should be working together, especially in a negotiating year and with so many anti-union threats facing us,” she said. “So I slowly raised my hand.”

‘All of us together’ fight for each other

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.

Town hall features Council speaker

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.

The future on display

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.

Kazansky re-elected to TRS board

David Kazansky has been reelected to serve a second three-year term as one of three teacher trustees on the board of the Teachers’ Retirement System.

Pay increases, no givebacks for NYU Langone-Brooklyn nurses

With higher voter turnout than ever before, Federation of Nurses/UFT members employed at NYU Langone-Brooklyn Hospital, formerly Lutheran Hospital, overwhelmingly ratified a new contract on March 4 with no givebacks and a 2 percent pay increase in each of the two years.

Kudos to Diane Mendez, PS 92, the Bronx

Chapter Leader Diane Mendez pulled out every stop in her uphill fight — and ultimately unsuccessful bid — to save PS 92 in the Bronx from the chopping block.

Fighting back after losing it all

AFT Wisconsin President Kim Kohlhaas told her story, about what Wisconsin public school educators gave up when they lost collective bargaining rights, at a series of meetings with classroom teachers, UFT staff and press and at a packed Delegate Assembly during a recent two-day visit.

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