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The question of whether or not to hold a state constitutional convention will ap

Coming for your rights and benefits

Our opponents want to take away your rights and benefits by weakening the union. They are now arguing in the courts that non-members should not be required to pay fair-share or agency fees to cover their portion of costs associated with collective bargaining and union services. 

Vote No on Constitutional Convention

Why your NO vote on Nov. 7 matters

A proposal rife with consequences for UFT members and their families is on the ballot on Nov. 7: whether or not to hold a constitutional convention in the state of New York. You must vote NO and tell your friends, family members and colleagues to do the same. 

New year, new challenges

Welcome back. We're off to a good start, but there is no denying that we are living in turbulent times.

Unionists rally as Supreme Court hears arguments in Friedrichs case

We held fast, but more battles loom

Who would have thought in November that we would be where we are now? We celebrate the conclusion of a successful school year for public school educators, but it didn’t look so great just seven months ago.

Spring awakening

The inspiring address by the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at our Spring Conference on May 13 couldn’t have come at a better time.

When Randi met Betsy

The visit by Betsy DeVos and Randi Weingarten to public schools in rural Ohio showcased what public education is — and what we are fighting to protect.

Money

Trump’s bad news budget

In the president’s budget blueprint, we see this is a zero-sum game with clear winners and losers. The score can be tallied in dollars awarded and dollars taken away.

Open the books on charter schools

When President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a meeting at the White House with the “education community” on Feb. 14, it showed the deep disconnect between his administration and the reality of education in the United States.

We want to hear your story

With public schools under unprecedented attack, it has never been more important for educators and parents to tell their stories.

A grave risk to our rights and benefits

New York voters will be asked in November 2017 if they want to hold a constitutional convention to revise our state constitution. What’s at stake? Everything. The rights now enshrined in the constitution will all be fair game.