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The power of collective action

The Red for Ed movement continues to be a rallying cry for teachers around the country who are fed up with underfunded schools and low wages. We in New York City set the standard for public school educators about what it is possible to gain when you belong to a strong union.

Indiana teachers march for education

Indiana teachers march for education

Thousands of red-garbed educators and their supporters marched through Indianapolis on Nov. 19 for a Red for Ed Action Day to demand improvements to public education in Indiana.

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On the button

Bright Horizons Day Care workers in downtown Brooklyn have triumphantly pinned their “Union Proud” buttons back on to celebrate winning a National Labor Relations Board settlement in October that ensures the UFT members "have the right to wear union buttons and other union insignia in the workplace.”

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Resolution in support of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802

The UFT wholeheartedly supports the members of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in their efforts to secure the residual payments that are often the lifeblood of their profession.

Resolution to support NYC transit workers

The United Federation of Teachers supports the TWU as they negotiate on behalf of their members and supports a fair contract for transit workers.

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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.

Labor Parade

'Pride and strength'

More than 1,000 UFT members marched up Fifth Avenue at the city's Labor Day Parade on Sept. 7.

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Auto workers reach deal to end strike

The United Auto Workers' five-week strike against General Motors reached its endgame on Oct. 16 as the union came to a tentative agreement with the company. 

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Chicago educators on strike

More than 25,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union hit the picket lines on Oct. 17 after the city failed to meet their demands for larger salary increases, smaller class sizes and more support staff in schools.

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Low pay pushing teachers out of the profession

Fifty percent of teachers say they’ve considered leaving the profession over low pay, stress and a lack of respect.