Skip to main content
Full Menu Close Menu
Tags Group

George Altomare

George Altomare, a founder of the UFT who led with insight, devotion and a great deal of heart, died on Aug. 20, at age 92 after a long illness. He loved teaching and dedicated his life to improving public school education for New York City students...


In 1996, New York Teacher reporter Jack Schierenbeck, a gifted writer and labor scholar, undertook to write a series of articles detailing the history of the UFT. The result, “Class Struggles: The UFT Story,” was a vivid and insightful retelling of...

2021 ticker-tape parade to honor frontline workers

UFT members and other frontline workers were honored at a ticker-tape parade through the Canyon of Heroes in Lower Manhattan on July 7. 

Former UFT officer Langiulli passes away at 85

Elizabeth Langiulli, a pivotal figure in UFT leadership for four decades, died on Sept. 24 at age 85. She believed “the union’s strength lies in its school chapters” and was among the first women elected as a chapter leader.

UFT founder Eadie Shanker’s life ‘an amazing journey’

Eadie Shanker, a UFT founder and the wife of former UFT President Albert Shanker, died on Sept. 19 at age 87. A teacher, union organizer and city activist, she was dedicated to the UFT Albert Shanker Scholarships.

July 7, 2014: First PROSE schools announced

How can we promote and encourage innovation and creativity in the classroom? That’s the question the union sought to answer six years ago when it negotiated, as part of the 2014 DOE-UFT contract, an initiative that rewards collaboration between...

May 17, 2007: 12,000 family child care providers request UFT representation

Thirteen years ago, home-based child care providers marked a milestone in their campaign to join the UFT.

March 16, 1960: The UFT is founded

On March 16, 1960, members of the Teachers Guild voted to merge with the High School Teachers Association to form the United Federation of Teachers.

New York City public school memorabilia ceremony

To honor the work of New York City public school teachers, who give their students what he calls “the best public education in the land,” retired educator Marty Raskin has been amassing memorabilia that may remind city educators of their own school...

Jan. 18, 2012: The fight to save closing schools

The UFT went toe-to-toe with Mayor Mike Bloomberg in 2012 to save the jobs of its members in struggling schools. In a clear maneuver to get around the contract, the mayor vowed to “close” 33 low-performing schools, excess all the staff and make them...