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Celebrating the “idea that so few could make a difference…”

On Nov. 1 the UFT paid tribute to its members, both past and present, at the 49th annual Teacher Union Day ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan.

Michael Mulgrew on NY1′s “Road to City Hall”

On Oct. 1, UFT President Michael Mulgrew was interviewed on NY1′s “Road to City Hall.”

Part 1

Part 2 after the jump. More »

New Subway Cars for Transit Tech HS

This past spring, the UFT helped secure two new subway train cars for the students of Transit Tech High School. The MTA videotaped the delivery of the cars, and is featuring a story on that project as part of its September edition of Transit Transit News Magazine.

In the News: Michael Mulgrew

Today’s New York Times has a profile of UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

And here’s a video from Sept. 17 when Mulgrew appeared on the “PIX11 News at 10” to help weatherman, and former teacher, Mr. G hand out school supplies to needy children.

Video: Labor Day Parade

Hundreds of UFT members took to the streets for the city’s annual Labor Day parade on Sept. 12. Braving the elements they marched up Fifth avenue wearing T-shirts commemorating the union’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

Michael Mulgrew on “Good Day NY”

UFT President Michael Mulgrew appeared on Fox’s “Good Day NY” this morning, Sept. 8. He spoke to Rosanna Scotto about swine flu precautions and President Obama’s back-to-school speech to students:

We think the speech is fantastic. Anytime you can have the president engage students and talk about being responsible towards their education, it’s a great thing. And as a parent, and as a teacher, the idea that the president says there’s no excuse not to do your homework, that’s something we’ll always get behind 100 percent.

Meet the New President

Michael MulgrewMichael Mulgrew was elected President of the UFT in July 2009, effective August 1. Prior to his current position, Michael was elected Vice President for Career and Technical Education (CTE) High Schools in 2005 and became the union’s Chief Operating Officer in 2008.

A Staten Island native, Michael began his teaching career as a substitute at South Richmond High School IS/PS 25 instructing students with special needs. He also volunteered weekends at CUNY teaching kids computer skills. From the beginning, Michael wanted to work with at-risk kids, and at a very young age he embraced his mother’s most important piece of advice: Wherever you are, whatever you do, always help others. He has worked hard to pass that value on to his daughter and his nieces and nephews, and it has also helped shape his career. More »

NY1 Covers “There Is No Excuse” Meeting on Staten Island

NY1 coverage

Carmen Alvarez, UFT vice president for special education, displays a campaign poster.

The UFT’s five-borough “There is No Excuse” special-education campaign was in the Willowbrook section of Staten Island on May 12 to meet parents dissatisfied with how the IEPs of their special-needs children are being met by the DOE, and to offer some common solutions. NY1 News covered the event.

Click here or on the image above to watch the video.

UFT’s New Ad: “Today’s Lesson”

Read the press release here.

Watch Randi Weingarten on “Brian Lehrer Live” this Wednesday

Brian Lehrer Live

AFT/UFT President Randi Weingarten will appear on “Brian Lehrer Live” on CUNY TV (Channel 75 on Time Warner Cable), on Wednesday, March 25 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. She’ll be discussing the federal stimulus as well as state budget issues and will appear on the first segment of the show.

Be sure to tune in!

If you miss the show or do not have Time Warner Cable, go to the show’s archive sometime after the scheduled broadcast to view the episode online. We’ll also post a link to it here on Edwize.

A Day in Albany

NY State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith addresses a delegation of UFTers and their guests in Albany.

NY State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith addresses a delegation of UFTers and their guests in Albany.

March 17 was UFT Albany Lobby Day. It was a day for UFTers to have their say about the state of education inside the chambers of legislative officials. The message was clear: “Invest in education because kids don’t get a second chance.” It was also an opportunity for legislators to articulate their positions on the current financial crisis, the recession, and the budget deficit. More »

Community Rallies Against “Principal In Need of Improvement”

On March 13 scores of parents, students, educators and concerned community residents demonstrated in front of Roosevelt High School campus building housing the Fordham High School for the Arts to protest five years of alleged harassment, unprofessional conduct, verbal abuse and other mistreatment of teachers and other staffers by Principal Iris Blige that resulted in the departure of nine assistant principals and dozens of educators since she became principal.

A Day at City Hall

On March 5 a huge coalition of concerned citizens participated in an impressive rally at City Hall. The urgency to protest the impeding cuts to vital human services by the city administration was enough to cause New Yorkers to take to the city pavement en masse. The people of the City of New York were raising their voices, placards, and leaflets in an effort to get the word out to the Mayor: additional cuts will be devastating to students, workers, and their families. More »

Rally for New York Photos

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Rally for New York!

Today, March 5, 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Fight for a fair budget for all.

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