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Mulgrew reacts to Bloomberg's candidacy

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement in response to the announcement that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg would be running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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UFT wins Regents scoring grievance

An independent arbitrator has ruled in a precedent-setting decision that the Department of Education improperly denied retention rights to a teacher for Regents scoring in June on the grounds that she had not participated in scoring Regents the previous January.

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Save our climate

New York City public school students were among millions who took to the streets in more than 150 countries on Sept. 20 for a climate strike, led by young people leaving their classrooms to demand action on the climate crisis that threatens their futures. UFT members met up with the students marching from Foley Square at an after-school rally in Battery Park, where 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the crowd. “The UFT is proud to stand with the activists, including our members, who are fighting to protect our climate from harmful and short-sighted political decisions,” said UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds.

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A+ courses can earn you more money

Teachers can now earn their MA+30 salary differential by taking new A+ courses designed specifically to support what teachers do every day in their classrooms. The courses are accessible and affordable.

UFT to form district political teams

UFT to form district political teams

UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced at the first Delegate Assembly of the school year on Oct. 16 that the union would like every school district to have a political action team in place to keep friends of public education in office and get adequate funding for schools.

Making Strides March - Jenise Jackson

Making Strides — with a little help from friends

Florence Conlon wore a UFT Strides T-shirt over her pink sweater, and a pink bandanna was wrapped around her neck — wise choices for a chilly overcast day at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. But the most important accessory Conlon wore was the sash with one word printed on it: "Survivor."

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New provisions speed class-size reductions

Teachers across the city got relief from oversize classes this fall at a faster pace than ever before — thanks to new class-size reduction provisions negotiated as part of the 2018 Department of Education-UFT contract and implemented citywide in September.

Leandra Bates

What I do: Leandra Bates, Administrative education analyst

Leandra Bates, an administrative education analyst in the Department of Education’s central Bronx office, serves as the human resources director for 34 elementary schools in the Bronx. 

Jumaane Williams

UFT endorses Williams for public advocate

The UFT has endorsed incumbent Jumaane Williams for New York City public advocate in the Nov. 5 general election. The decision passed the union’s executive board on Oct. 21.

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No school on Dec. 23

The Department of Education on Sept. 24 amended its 2019–20 school calendar to make Monday, Dec. 23, part of the school holidays. “We are happy this issue has been resolved, and in a way that gives parents, educators and school communities adequate notice of the change,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.