Honor helpers (updated)

Relief Effort on Staten Island

Feb. 4. Thanks to the UFT. After reading this, someone knew of this picture taken of Tim Grady. The Workforce Development Institute has paired with the state AFL-CIO to document the union members, workers and volunteers who helped relief efforts of Super Storm Sandy. Here’s a link filled with information. They are collecting photos of […]

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VIDEO: In Schoharie, volunteers rebuild a community ravaged by flood


Raw FlipCam and iPhone video documenting union volunteers hard at work rebuilding a community ravaged by flooding.

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A price of democracy is patience


After a half-hour wait to get into our state Capitol, and then walking up eight flights of stairs, I find … no one. I’m in Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan’s office. Her secretary and me. A UFT contingent is scheduled for 1:30. At 1:38 the phone rings. “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Yes, your photographer is […]

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Standing room only for UFT Advocacy Day

It’s a capacity crowd for UFT Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Albany. 1,000 were expected, but 1,200 showed up so there’s an overflow room. People in general are quite determined to fight the cuts. Shernice Blackman, Risa Serota and Lisa Kauffman all work with students with disabilities at schools in Queens. They are passionate […]

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NYC’s own PS 22 Chorus wows ‘em at the Oscars

Singing at the White House Christmas tree lighting? Check. Having more than a million views of your YouTube videos? Check. Closing the Academy Award ceremony Sunday night with a beautiful version of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”? Check. Those three accomplishments are just part of the resume of union member and music teacher Gregg Breinberg from […]

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A look back, and ahead

Fingers crossed my computer troubles are OVER. Photos are finally up of our members participating in the lawmakers Black and Puerto Rican caucus weekend. Which would you choose – tax breaks for millionaires or teachers in classrooms? That is the question UFT members will bring to Albany March 1. Carmen Alvarez already laid the groundwork […]

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