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Community schools initiative launched

June 20, 2012: Community schools initiative launched

The UFT's community schools initiative, which now serves more than 20,000 students in 32 schools, launched on June 20, 2012, when it received financial support from the union and the City Council to begin with six schools that September.

Union wins paperwork ruling

April 3, 2015: Union wins paperwork ruling

The union defined standards for paperwork reduction in it's 2014 DOE-UFT contract, and when a principal at John Dewey HS in Brooklyn ignored those standards in 2015, the contract enabled the union to hold the principal accountable.

UFT members hold up their signs at the March for our Lives in Manhattan

Feb. 14, 2018: Deadliest school shooting in U.S.

The deadliest school shooting in U.S. history claimed the lives of 14 students and three staff members on Feb. 14, 2018, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS in Parkland, Florida. Five weeks later, students nationwide walked out of classes to support the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., organized by Stoneman Douglas survivors.

UFT Nurses in Philippines

Jan. 20, 2014: UFT nurses help typhoon victims

Seven years ago, two Federation of Nurses/UFT members who responded to the union’s appeal for medical volunteers, helped in the relief effort in the Philippines after a devastating typhoon. 

BRAVE program is founded

Oct. 19, 2011: BRAVE program is founded

Bullying has no place in any child’s education. That was the inspiration behind the UFT’s creation in 2011 of the Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education, or BRAVE, program to provide tools, knowledge and support in confronting bullying.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew discusses the PROSE schools

July 7, 2014: First PROSE schools announced

How can we promote and encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom?

That’s the question the union sought to answer six years ago when it negotiated, as part of the 2014 DOE-UFT contract, an initiative that rewards collaboration between educators and administrators as they seek new ways of approaching teaching and learning.

Providers Walking

May 17, 2007: 12,000 family child care providers request UFT representation

Thirteen years ago, home-based child care providers marked a milestone in their campaign to join the UFT.

Charles Cogen at Guild Rally

March 16, 1960: The UFT is founded

On March 16, 1960, members of the Teachers Guild voted to merge with the High School Teachers Association to form the United Federation of Teachers.

Protesting Teachers

Jan. 18, 2012: The fight to save closing schools

The UFT went toe-to-toe with Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2012 to save the jobs of its members in struggling schools. In a clear maneuver to get around the contract, the mayor vowed to “close” 33 low-performing schools, excess all the staff and make them reapply for their positions.


Dec. 8, 2009: UFT Launches Member Assistance Program

The UFT’s Member Assistance Program was launched on Dec. 8, 2009.