The United Federation of Teachers saw an increase in both the total numbers of workers represented and in the number dues payers in the 12 months that ended July 31, 2018, according to its annual filing with the United States Department of Labor.
The filings showed that overall representation increased from 189,503 to 191,819, driven by gains in both active and retired workers. Active membership rose to 124,980 and the number of retired members rose to 65,815. The number of agency fee-payers — who chose not to be members of the union though they were covered by its contract — dropped from 2,043 in 2017 to 1,024 at the end of the filing period in 2018.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said: “We have mounted an extensive internal campaign to remind the workers we represent of the benefits of active union membership, and our members have responded.”
The UFT is one of the unions mandated each year to file financial and other information with the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) of the U.S. Department of Labor.