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Linda Ocasio

UFT staff reporter

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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.

Advisory group to examine state ELL regulation

The State Education Department is creating a task force of teachers of English language learners and other stakeholders to assess and address issues surrounding Part 154, the new state regulations governing English language learner instruction. The advisory group is the direct result of a Jan. 23 meeting, organized by UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus, which gathered together 40 teachers from the UFT’s English language learner focus group to discuss their concerns with top city and state officials.

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.

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.

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