UFT President Michael Mulgrew on April 18 gave chapter leaders and delegates a sneak preview of the union’s new app that offers a simple, fast way to connect with the union and take advantage of member-only resources and discounts.
No one should have to tolerate workplace harassment or discrimination, which is why the UFT-Department of Education contracts have contained protections, for many years, against a wide range of discriminatory or harassing behaviors, including sexual harassment.
Before a packed house of labor leaders and union members at UFT headquarters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on April 12 protecting New York’s public sector unions, including the UFT, from providing costly services to workers who do not pay to support those services.
Educators from District 75 sites throughout the city wore blue on April 11 to bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome and to advocate for acceptance, understanding and inclusion for their students.
City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to negotiate a fair paid parental leave policy for New York City public school educators at a press conference on the steps of City Hall on April 24.
In spite of fiscal threats from the federal government, state lawmakers passed a new budget on March 31 that includes $1 billion in additional funding for schools statewide. New York City public school funding will receive a $334 million share of that increase.
Educators in Arizona became the latest to join the wave of job actions when they voted on April 19 to launch the state’s first-ever statewide walkout. Arizona’s governor, Doug Ducey, had offered teachers a 20 percent pay increase by 2020, beginning with a 9 percent increase next year.
Christopher Sedita is the founder of the “Green Buildings” program at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, a career and technical education high school. The program prepares students for careers in 21st-century building design, construction and maintenance by emphasizing sustainability, energy efficiency and eco-friendly materials.
The 3-D models that students create in Jawnuta DiSclafani’s architecture class represent more than a class assignment to create a bedroom or design a building. They challenge the students to rethink how they see the world.
Adaptive physical education teachers help improve students’ locomotor skills, object control skills, perceptual motor function and physical fitness in a setting that focuses on differentiating instruction so it is developmentally and socially appropriate. Adaptive phys ed must be on a student’s IEP.
The third annual Men in Education symposium drew more than 150 fathers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers and mentors to UFT headquarters in Manhattan on March 24 for a day of workshops, presentations and inspiration designed to help men become more comfortable in the school community.
The stories of scores of women who helped to build the UFT into the powerhouse it is today were told at a HERstory Sunday brunch on March 25 at union headquarters in Manhattan as part of Women's History Month.
Forty sophomores and juniors from the International School for the Liberal Arts in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx visited upstate college campuses on a two-day College Hunting trip on April 12 and 13.
More than 1,500 students from high schools around New York City and throughout the world gathered at Pier 92 on Manhattan’s West Side on April 17 for the annual Virtual Enterprise International trade fair.
With a U.S. Supreme Court decision due in June in the anti-union Janus v. AFSCME case, UFT members should brace for a campaign by right-wing forces looking to degrade the value of union membership, UFT President Michael Mulgrew recently told union delegates.
Workplace environments offer great opportunities for building relationships, and it’s important to be mindful of creating positive social connections because members of the school community must work together for the well-being of everyone.
Earlier this year, the Federation of Nurses/UFT achieved on-time contracts at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and NYU Langone-Brooklyn Hospital that protected the nurses’ hard-fought contractual benefits, improved working conditions and included regular pay increases.
Teachers in Republican strongholds are on the march because they have nothing to lose. Over the years, state lawmakers have stripped away school funding as well as the wages, pensions, workplace rights and health benefits of public school educators.
I read, with great interest, your story about Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek [April 5]. I often read his articles about physics in the Wall Street Journal and most recently in the forward to “The Character of Physical Law,” a book by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman, a graduate of Far Rockaway HS.
“Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer, should learn a computer language, because it teaches you how to think,” said Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple. He made that remark in 1995, but schools are now catching up with his line of thought.
In a 12th-grade ELA class, I turned a research unit on disaster and apocalyptic fiction into a podcasting unit and tasked my students, 65 percent of whom were English language learners, with becoming media makers for real-world audiences.
Tara Jarvis traverses New York City wearing a huge grin. “People smile back at me and that’s when I realize I’m smiling,” says Jarvis, a first-year art teacher of students with special needs at District 75’s Brooklyn Transition Center. After a challenging childhood and a heart-wrenching 2017, Jarvis is living her dreams.
The best antidote for the ongoing anti-union poison is member engagement. The UFT has launched a door-knocking campaign to connect with our members as the best way to prepare for the expected, potentially devastating Supreme Court decision in the Janus v. AFSCME case.