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 May or June.
The door-knocking campaign began in November and by mid-January UFT members had rapped on more than 11,000 doors to…
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.
Hundreds of families in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, had a chance to stock up on new clothes thanks to a trio of hard-working educators at IS 220 and Primary, an online kids clothing company. [[nid:105117; float: right; styleName:article_medium]]
Primary donated 30,000 units of clothing — everything from leggings to T-shirts to hoodies — for a clothing giveaway at the school on Dec. 18 and 19 for Giving Tuesday, a global giving movement.
Rachel Geiger, a 7th-grade special education teacher, was the link between a friend who works at Primary and the school’s Community Service Team of Christina Pennisi and Victoria Reinhardt. With the blessing of Principal Sheldon Dempster, the threesome got to work.
“There was a lot of preparation and planning,” said Geiger, including “sorting through thousands of units of clothing and organizing by sizes. I was really nervous about…
Sloan Award winner Krishna Mahabir of Grover Cleveland HS in Queens was recognized for his outstanding work and commitment to students in mathematics and science, but he insists “teaching is an art form.”
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.
If you are an eligible educator, you can deduct up to $250 of any unreimbursed expenses in 2017 for books, supplies computer equipment and supplementary materials you use in the classroom. Your union dues are also eligible as a miscellaneous deduction.
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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