Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

Door-knocking efforts crucial because ‘this is our fight’

Gloria Winograd goes out on cold winter evenings to knock on doors of fellow UFT members. Her mission: To alert them that their rights and benefits are endangered by the Janus v. AFSCME case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Membership teams form in each school

The UFT is organizing membership teams in every school so the union will be in a stronger position to protect member rights and benefits when the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Janus v. AFSCME case.

Wisconsin teachers suffer after unions decimated

As public employee unions brace for a ruling in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a cautionary tale is unfolding in Wisconsin.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to step down

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, the New York City teacher who rose through the ranks to head the largest school system in the country, announced on Dec. 21 that she would retire by the end of the academic year.

VNSNY nurses ratify contract on eve of deadline

After contentious negotiations that brought the union to the brink of a strike, Federation of Nurses/UFT members who work for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York on Jan. 30 voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new two-year contract that preserves their hard-fought rights and benefits.

Members learn how to aid immigrant students

Sixty UFT members from across the city learned how they can help immigrant students who are at risk of harassment and deportation at an immigration training session at UFT headquarters in Manhattan on Dec. 7.

History in their own backyard

PS 126 teacher finds inspiration for his social studies lessons in the rich history of his Manhattan school's Lower East Side neighborhood.

UFT argues for dismissal of tenure case

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.

Bronx schools step up for disaster victims

The hurricanes that tore through the Caribbean in August inspired 53 schools in the Bronx, including PS 153 in Co-op City, to help out this fall through fundraisers involving students and the community.

Koch brothers target Latino families

David and Charles Koch’s Americans for Prosperity promotes privatization, charter schools, vouchers and free markets. But the Libre Initiative is theirs as well, the latest effort to build support for their ideas and influence policy, this time by targeting Latino families.

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