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Abe Levine, a UFT founder, dies

Abe Levine, the first vice president for elementary schools and a steadfast presence at the UFT until his final months, died at age 89 on June 13.

Legacy of a ‘long, hard journey’

More than 1,000 UFT members and guests — including James Geigel, his immigrant grandparents Angelina and Modesto Hernandez and his mother Nitza Hernandez — all paras or paras who became teachers — packed the New York Hilton's Grand Ballroom to...

Resolution honoring UFT founder Ray Frankel

We honor Ray Frankel’s work and memory by vowing to continue to keep strong and vital the union that she helped create.

Resolution to honor those who founded the UFT

On March 16, 2019, we celebrate the founding of our union and pause for a moment to reflect on the determination and resolve of the union’s founders to overcome their differences to achieve unity and a strong voice for all.

Union founder Ray Frankel dies

Ray Frankel, a founding UFT member who continued to serve the union until the end of her life, died on Feb. 23 at the age of 98. Her union work was her life and her true love.

A paragon of activism

As paraprofessionals celebrate 50 years in the UFT, members can thank Velma Hill, the chapter’s founder and first chair, for leading the charge to uplift paras and their communities by transforming their job into a secure union career.

Para pride

Activist Velma Hill and UFT founder Albert Shanker had crossed paths in the civil rights movement. So when Hill, armed with a master’s in education from Harvard, decided she wanted to organize paraprofessionals, she approached Shanker in 1968.

Resolution to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the UFT's first strike

The UFT will never forget what happened on Nov. 7, 1960, and will commemorate it each year as one of UFT’s greatest achievements, a job action that ultimately resulted in substantial and significant improvements in public education as well as the...

Turning peril into power

The union faced some of the gravest threats in its history over the past year. At Teacher Union Day, members celebrated how the UFT had emerged stronger than ever because they had banded together to face those challenges.

‘Proud to be a paraprofessional’

Shelvy Young-Abrams, who leads the 29,000-member UFT Paraprofessional Chapter that celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, has come a long way from the young single mom who became involved in education through volunteer work at her daughters'...