Howard SchoorHoward Schoor Howard Schoor is secretary for the UFT. He earned his bachelor’s degree in American history from Brooklyn College and a master’s degree in education from Long Island University.

A union activist for nearly 40 years, Howie begins his term as secretary after serving consecutively as the UFT borough representative in two borough offices, a unique distinction. First appointed as the Brooklyn borough rep in 2006, Howie headed north becoming the Bronx borough rep in 2014.

A native of Brooklyn, Howie is a graduate of PS 238 and Abraham Lincoln HS. After beginning his teaching career in 1970, he dedicated 20 years to the fifth-and sixth-grade students at Bedford–Stuyvesant’s PS 26 where he taught the science and computer cluster. Appointed a special representative in 1990, Howie’s 16-year tenure was masterful: His expert knowledge of management’s rules and regulations and the impact that its education and workplace policies had on union members was unrivaled. Unsurprisingly, Howie earned the reputation as the “answer man.”

A fierce labor advocate with a passion for politics, Howie has also served as the point person for many of the union’s key organizing drives involving teachers, nurses and other workers both locally and as far away as in Missouri and South Carolina. He brought more than 1,500 new members into the union including the direct care workers at United Cerebral Palsy of NYC, teachers and clinicians at Lamm Preschool and Birch Family Services, and administrative law judges at the city Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Most recently, he organized the city Department of Education’s administrative education analysts and officers, bringing more than 400 workers into the UFT.

Howie understands that strong relationships with state and local politicians generate support for policies that improve conditions for students and public school teachers. He’s committed to fighting for fair and equitable school funding as well as battling against unchecked charter school expansion at the expense of public school resources.

Howie has been a member of the NYS United Teachers Board of Directors since 2006 and has been recognized by the UFT and community organizations for his commitment to educating children and improving conditions for working people. 

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