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Suzanne Popadin

UFT staff reporter

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Anti-labor email barrage targets union members

Teachers and other government workers in New York and neighboring states were deluged with emails about opting out of their unions immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling that government employees who choose not to join a union may not be required to help pay for collective bargaining.

Meeting heroes

PS 204 staff invite local veterans, service men and women and police and firefighters to be part of the school’s Veterans Appreciation Day tradition, and many return year after year.

Rockin’ the Runway

At Teachers Rock the Runway at union headquarters on May 31, student designers from programs at Maxwell, the HS of Art & Design and the HS of Fashion Industries presented their creations, designed for all body types at a fashion show organized by the union.

Union-hating billionaires bankrolled case

The plaintiff in the anti-union Supreme Court case known as Janus v. AFSCME was Mark Janus, a child support specialist for the Illinois Department of Health Care and Family Services. But Janus wasn’t fighting alone. 
The case against the union representing Illinois state workers has been bankrolled by anti-union billionaires.


Union lends support to assaulted UFT nurse

A courageous Federation of Nurses/UFT member faced the former patient who attacked her as he was sentenced on May 4 in State Supreme Court on Staten Island. The nurse's assailant will serve two to four years under the state’s 2010 Violence against Nurses law, which made it a felony to assault an on-duty registered nurse or licensed practical nurse after years of lobbying by the UFT.

As Janus verdict looms, Albany group aims to attack union membership

With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.

World looks different from District 75 classroom

Tara Jarvis traverses New York City wearing a huge grin. “People smile back at me and that’s when I realize I’m smiling,” says Jarvis, a first-year art teacher of students with special needs at District 75’s Brooklyn Transition Center. After a challenging childhood and a heart-wrenching 2017, Jarvis is living her dreams.


‘The pillars that support the school’

Keep calm and counsel on. T-shirts given out at the UFT’s 14th annual School Counselors Conference on March 10 at union headquarters in Manhattan bore those words because that’s what school counselors do, School Counselors Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson told the more than 200 members gathered in Shanker Hall.

PEP convinced not to ax two Queens schools

There is strength in organizing. One Queens community proved that on March 1, when the Panel for Educational Policy rejected the Department of Education’s plan to shut two Far Rockaway schools.


Trump deregulation efforts hurt workers

Government regulations protect workers by ensuring safe workplaces and fair wages and by preserving their right to join a union. President Trump is determined to deregulate.

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