“I don’t think we have enough guidance counselors to deal with this,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said of the disappointment following Hillary Clinton’s defeat to Donald Trump in the presidential election.
But, as one retired guidance counselor, Iris Nelson-Schwartz, said, “I feel like we are having a giant shiva. But after a shiva, we have to move on with life.”
That’s what Mulgrew was hoping to accomplish when he suggested the meeting be dedicated to allowing members of the body to reflect on the election, discuss their experiences at school that day and begin to plot the steps they and the union could take in response to the result.
Hillary Clinton was endorsed by most major unions, and organized labor’s campaign spending — much of it for Clinton and other Democrats — hit unprecedented levels. But more working-class men and women, including many in union households, voted for her opponent. What gives?
For most public school students in New York City, the old adage holds true: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. But a coalition of labor unions including the UFT, food advocates, elected officials and educators is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to change that.
In Alabama and Virginia, voters considered measures on Election Day to amend their state constitutions to bar unions from collecting fair-share fees from workers who opt not to join the union even though federal law requires unions to represent all workers in the bargaining unit.
Three incumbent Supreme Court justices in Washington state won re-election on Nov. 8, surviving a $1.4 million onslaught by charter-school advocates and other conservative groups intent on unseating them
There were turkeys galore at the UFT’s third annual Thanksgiving luncheon for 150 homeless students on Saturday, Nov. 19, at union headquarters in Manhattan. Besides the plates piled high with turkey, there were large turkey balloons attached to every table, turkey crafts to be colored and even a human-sized turkey in the form of UFT chapter advocate Joseph Usatch, who gamely donned a turkey costume for the second year.
The turkey decorations set the mood, but it was the volunteers who brought the spirit of Thanksgiving as they shepherded students from face painting to necklace making, from manicures to Pilgrim masks.
Jim Tabert knew Emil Pietromonaco was headed for bigger and better things at the UFT long before he recommended him to become his replacement as the union’s Staten Island borough representative in 2006.
Charles Cogen Award recipient Emil Pietromonaco was discussing his career path at Teacher Union Day on Nov. 6 — about how he went from being a math teacher to becoming his school’s chapter leader, to UFT district and borough representative and finally to secretary of the UFT.
The theme of this year's New York City Art Teachers Association's conference was collaboration. “It’s professional development for teachers to get new skills but they also have a chance to make new friends and work with colleagues,” said Joan Davidson, the conference coordinator.
Jessica Amato teaches English language arts to 7th-graders at IS 259 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. When a student asked her, “What is a veteran?” Amato said she “knew we had to do something on Veterans Day."
We have to hold fast to our core beliefs: that public education is critical to the future of this country; that all communities within our school communities deserve respect and dignity; and that workers have a right to unionize and be treated fairly. Our union’s 56-year history is built on fighting for those core beliefs. And nothing that happened on Nov. 8 has changed that.
The UFT held its first-ever conference focused on teaching English language learners on Oct. 29, but judging from the enthusiasm of the overflow crowd of nearly 800 educators, I am certain it will not be the last.
After the election of Donald Trump, everything dear to us is on the line. We have political strength, but we can always be stronger. Every UFT member must contribute to COPE. If you contribute, please consider contributing an additional amount.
Whether you work side by side with a co-teacher, cooperate with push-in support staff or join forces with colleagues on inquiry or grade teams, here are some tips for navigating your teaching partnerships.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced upcoming revenue reductions to health plans in 2017. As a result, Medicare will be reducing the amount of money Medicare Advantage Plans — such as HIP VIP — receive. In New York City, the cuts will amount to 7.9 percent. As a result, the following changes become effective Jan. 1, 2017:
Specialist office visit co-payment increases to $25 from $15
Emergency room co-payments increases to $75 from $50
Inpatient facility admission co-payments increases to $100 from $0
Durable medical equipment coverage at 20 percent co-insurance