Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

Latest stories

New Visions contract delivers money, time

The UFT has successfully negotiated a new four-year contract with four New Visions charter schools, winning a pay increase totaling 8 percent, a shorter work day and a shorter school year.

An awakening in West Virginia

West Virginia teachers recently gave the nation a lesson in the labor movement’s power when workers stand united.

Houston superintendent named next chancellor

Richard Carranza, the Houston schools superintendent and a strong advocate of public schools, was selected by Mayor Bill de Blasio on March 5 to be the next New York City schools chancellor.

Ready for takeoff

Henry Rey, a longtime licensed pilot and a teacher at Frederick Douglass Academy Preparatory School I in Manhattan, teaches students math and science through aeronautics and sparks their interest in aviation in a classroom that features four computer flight simulators.

Calming the school climate

UFT President Michael Mulgrew and other educators at the Changing School Climate breakfast discussion on March 23 at union headquarters in Manhattan said the Positive Learning Collaborative and Community Learning Schools are proven methods to help students cope with emotional issues and improve school discipline.

Supreme Court hears Janus arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 26 heard spirited arguments in the Janus v. AFSCME case, a lawsuit aimed at starving public-employee unions, including the UFT, of the funding they need to provide services to and advocate for workers.

Striking a chord

For her exemplary blending of science and music instruction, Salguero won the 2018 Grammy Music Educator of the Year award.

UFT Charter School gets 5-year renewal

The UFT Charter HS in Brooklyn won unanimous approval from the SUNY Charter Schools Committee on Feb. 13 for a five-year renewal of the school’s operating charter. 

UFT nurses ratify 2-year contract with VNSNY

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.

Appeals court boots KIPP case vs. UFT

A federal appeals court on Jan. 30 rejected an attempt by the KIPP charter network to avoid arbitrating a contract dispute with the UFT.

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