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Joe Biden to speak at Teacher Union Day

The United Federation of Teachers, as part of its national union’s presidential endorsement process, will host Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden at the UFT’s annual Teacher Union Day on Oct. 20 in New York City.

Lucille Swaim

UFT contract guru Lucille Swaim dies

Lucille Swaim, the coordinator of negotiations for every UFT contract from the first one in 1962 until her retirement in 2015, died on July 1 at the age of 87.

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Calling the UFT just became easier

Your union is busy — but never too busy to hear from its members. That’s why the UFT this summer opened its new contact center, so UFT members can get accurate information quickly and efficiently about their union rights and benefits.


Grievance filed over training $$

The UFT filed a union-initiated grievance over the rate of pay for members who participated in curriculum training this summer for enVisionmath.

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3 functional chapters elect new leaders

Three of the UFT's functional chapters recently elected new chapter leaders.

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Newark scraps teacher merit-pay scheme

The union representing Newark teachers announced a five-year deal with its school district on Aug. 13 that eliminates merit-based bonuses and allows low-rated teachers to earn pay increases. The changes overturn key elements of a controversial 2012 contract and represent a shift away from former Mayor Cory Booker’s education reform agenda, which sought to introduce corporate-style accountability and compensation practices into public education.

AFT representatives wearing blue AFT shirts with border agents in uniform

AFT, UFT educators hit wall in border visit

A group, led by AFT President Randi Weingarten and UFT/AFT Vice President Evelyn DeJesus, scheduled tour to check on the educational services being provided to the migrant children were met by armed border patrol agents when they refused to leave after being denied entry to an immigration detention center in McAllen, Texas.

Parents can opt in to protect children's privacy

New York City parents can now protect their personal information from charter schools seeking to poach children from the public schools they attend.

City kids state test scores go up again chart

City kids’ state test scores go up again

New York City public school students improved their performance on state math and English tests for grades 3 through 8 for the sixth year in a row, according to 2019 test scores released by the state Education Department on Aug. 22.

The UFT Queens office

UFT’s Queens office has moved

The UFT’s Queens borough office has moved to a new location, 1.5 miles from the previous site. The Queens borough office is now at 118-35 Queens Blvd., 7th floor, in Forest Hills.  See information about your Queens borough office representatives and more.