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Future in Focus career fair 2023

Organized labor 101
New York Teacher
Future in Focus career fair
Jonathan Fickies

James Orban, with IBEW Local 3, talks to high school students about electrician apprenticeship training programs.

Felix, an aspiring actor and 11th-grader at Bronx Theatre HS, was pleasantly surprised by the abundance of performing arts unions at the UFT’s annual Future in Focus career fair at UFT headquarters on Oct. 18. “I don’t have to get treated badly in the workplace,” he said. “Can you believe that?” Felix joined more than 300 high school students for the fair, where they had the chance to speak with representatives from 22 unions about the advantages of pursuing a career in which workers are unionized. Bronx Theatre HS Chapter Leader Rich Trangucci, a social studies and special education teacher, said the event was the perfect opportunity to give his students “first-hand exposure” to the world of organized labor. “New York City has a high concentration of unionized workers,” said UFT Vice President for Academic High Schools Janella Hinds, who also serves as the New York City Central Labor Council’s secretary-treasurer. “We want to make sure these young people know about the benefits that come from belonging to a union.”

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