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UFT Lobby Day

What is Lobby Day?

Every March, hundreds of UFT members along with parents board buses and head to Albany to advocate for our legislative priorities and share their experiences with state legislators. These in-person meetings put a human face on the issues affecting our schools and profession. 

What happens on Lobby Day?

On the ride up, members review the current year’s legislative priorities and strategize about how they will engage with lawmakers. After an opening reception, participants break into groups to speak to the state legislators who represent their school districts. As they meet with each legislator or their representative, they share what is happening on the ground in their school and what they would like the state Legislature to do to support New York City public schools. 

Can I participate in Lobby Day if I'm not going to Albany?

For the first time, there will be a Virtual Lobby Day in 2024, so all schools can participate in making our needs heard in Albany. Your school can help by wearing blue and organizing a meeting at lunch or after school where members click to email their legislator to ask them to support our educational priorities. Tag your state representatives and use the day’s hashtags when posting messages and photos on social media that day.