Gloria Winograd goes out on cold winter evenings to knock on doors of fellow UFT members. Her mission: to alert them that their rights and benefits are endangered by the Janus v. AFSCME case, now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Door-knocking is demanding work, but it’s worth it,” said Winograd.
Winograd, a music teacher and chapter leader at PS 6 in Manhattan, is one of the UFT members who is reaching out to fellow union members to make sure they are aware of the danger ahead.
The Janus case, funded by billionaires, threatens to deprive public employee unions nationwide of the ability to collect agency fees from workers who opt not to belong to the union but nonetheless benefit from union contracts and services. Oral arguments in the case are slated for Feb. 26, and the high court is expected to issue a decision in Ma…
The UFT’s LearnUFT program, which offers members a low-cost opportunity to participate in professional learning while earning Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours, has now fully expanded to the union’s five borough offices.
Baltimore schools have been forced to return millions of dollars in maintenance funds to the state in recent years, leaving repairs to their heating systems unfinished while students shivered at their desks or missed classes during the January cold snap.
[[nid:105121; float: right; styleName:article_x_medium_auto]]How much water have you used today? If you’re the average New York City resident, the answer is about 75 gallons. For most of us, the question of where the city’s 1.1 billion gallons of fresh water comes from — and where it goes after we use it — is a mystery.
But not for the students of Christine Hunkele’s AP Environmental Science class at George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education HS in downtown Brooklyn, who got up close and personal with New York City’s water supply on a visit to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Greenpoint on Jan. 17.
“We’re currently studying water, so this trip gives students the opportunity to see where our water comes from and how it gets cleaned,”…
PS 212 Chapter Leader Maria Belkadi has made creative use of the School-Based Option process in the UFT-Department of Education contract to make it possible for UFT members at the school in Gravesend, Brooklyn to be more actively involved with parents and community in after-school and weekend activities
The union contract empowers us as educators to do our jobs well. It includes articles and rights whose sole aim is to ensure that we have the resources, support and structures in place so that we can do our best to educate our students. It gives us an important voice in the workplace and a mechanism for addressing problems that arise.
The anti-union propaganda machine is already preparing ads for the post-Janus world urging workers to “give yourself a raise” and stop paying dues. We need to educate members to see through this ploy — you can’t get something for nothing.
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