Functional chapters are so named because what unites these student-support professionals is their function. Their common bond is the job performed rather than a worksite or a school. The chapters were formed to allow these UFT members with common issues and concerns to have a voice. Meet their chapter leaders.
The UFT stepped up to help New Yorkers confronting hunger because of the pandemic through its We Feed NYC initiative, which supports community-based food pantries in high-need neighborhoods across the five boroughs. By mid-January, in partnership with local restaurants, We Feed NYC had delivered 20,000 hot meals.
UFT members size up 2021 candidates (Sidebar: come to our next mayoral forum)
With many major city government positions up for grabs in the next election, the UFT is organizing remote member screening panels and virtual town halls to get to know candidates and determine who the union should endorse in 35 City Council races as well as races for mayor, comptroller, four borough presidents and Manhattan district attorney.
A weeklong strike at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx ended on Jan. 23 with workers winning their largest pay raise in decades and more money for health coverage. More than 1,400 workers, who have been working through the pandemic to help supply produce to New York City, has voted to strike.
Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama began holding the corporation’s first union vote in the United States on Feb. 8. Amazon does not employ any union labor in the country and the approximately 5,800 fulfillment center employees are facing stiff opposition from the tech giant.
Thirteen thousand UFT members were matched with vaccine providers NYU Langone or EmblemHealth in the first six days of the UFT’s vaccine distribution program, eliminating the need for them to search for locations on their own. Priority is given to in-service members who currently have in-school assignments.
Licensed Practical Nurses who are members of the Federation of Nurses/ UFT overwhelmingly ratified a two-year contract with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in which the union made no concessions while achieving a salary increase and negotiating regular consultation meetings with the employer.