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Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President
Education, Features, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Weingarten Re-Elected AFT President

WASHINGTON, DC — The 1.7-million-member American Federation of Teachers overwhelmingly re-elected President Randi Weingarten. In addition, Fedrick Ingram was elected Secretary-Treasurer and Evelyn DeJesus was elected  Executive Vice President. The election marks the seventh term for Weingarten, who taught social studies and civics at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York. Fedrick Ingram assumes the…

Defining the Line
Building Trades, Education, Features, Health and Safety, New York

Defining the Line

New York, NY – As August comes to a close, we arrive at the start of the school year. However, the usual “Back to School” sentiments are different this time around. But even with the uncertainty of classroom activity and whether attendance will be virtual or physical, the actual structures and building facilities are still…

Coronavirus Fears Stoke Strike Talk; City Decides to Push Back Return to Schools
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Coronavirus Fears Stoke Strike Talk; City Decides to Push Back Return to Schools

New York, NY – The MORE Movement, a collective of UFT members, associates of school communities and their allies, held an emergency meeting this past weekend to discuss authorizing a possible teachers strike due to safety concerns surrounding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reopen schools during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Over 1,000 people logged…

Opposition Grows Against Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Dangerous and Reckless’ Plan to Reopen NYC Schools
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Opposition Grows Against Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Dangerous and Reckless’ Plan to Reopen NYC Schools

New York, NY – Fellow elected officials, the CSA, the Alliance for Quality Education (AQE) and the UFT are blasting Mayor Bill de Blasio on all fronts regarding his school reopening strategy. Public Advocate Jumaane Williams lambasted the mayor on Thursday in a statement where he called de Blasio’s Safe School Strategy a “failure.” “The…

New Statue Honoring Women’s Rights Icons Debuts in Central Park
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New Statue Honoring Women’s Rights Icons Debuts in Central Park

New York, NY – On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Monumental Women, an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization created in 2014, unveiled a statue seven years in the making, a monument of women’s rights pioneers Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The organization was created with the initial goal of breaking the “bronze ceiling” and creating…

Union Workers Responsible for Maintaining City Schools Never Left the Job; Prepare for What Comes Next
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Union Workers Responsible for Maintaining City Schools Never Left the Job; Prepare for What Comes Next

New York, NY – Teachers, faculty, staff and school leaders at K-to-12 public schools might be prepared to delay in-person classes or even strike if they are forced to come back to educational institutions on Sept. 10, out of COVID-19 safety concerns. But the lockdown has not stopped members of IUOE Local 94 from continuing…

Union Representing CUNY Faculty & Staff Warns Against Resuming Classroom Instruction This Week
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Union Representing CUNY Faculty & Staff Warns Against Resuming Classroom Instruction This Week

New York, NY – The loss of nearly 50 City University of New York [CUNY] employees to the COVID-19 crisis is forcing the union representing faculty and staff, as well as the heads of Hunter College Campus Schools [HCCS], to urge the delay of in-person classes scheduled for Wednesday. The gravely concerned who took part…

NY Teachers Union and Allies: No School Should Open Amidst Pandemic Unless They Meet Special Criteria
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NY Teachers Union and Allies: No School Should Open Amidst Pandemic Unless They Meet Special Criteria

New York, NY – Unions both local and national are supporting the UFT in its stance putting the health of teachers and the students they serve before politics.  UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced this week in a joint press conference with medical experts, elected officials, as well as parent and community representatives, that the more…

Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Reopen Schools: ‘Doomed from the start?’
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Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Reopen Schools: ‘Doomed from the start?’

New York, NY – In less than a month, teachers and principals are expected back in classrooms now that the infection rate for the coronavirus (COVID-19) has remained at one percent throughout New York State, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in July that students at the city’s more than 700…

Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits
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Workers Defense League Sees Surge of Unemployed People Seeking Help Obtaining Benefits

New York, NY – The Workers Defense League has seen its fair share of unemployment insurance  (UI) cases, but after marking its 84th anniversary this year, the non-profit’s Executive Director Jon Bloom says there has been a surge in workers from all backgrounds and income levels requiring assistance.  “We work extensively helping workers get their…

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