United Federation of Teachers
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Full name        United Federation of Teachers
Founded        March 16, 1960
Members        200,000+
Affiliation        AFT
Key people        Michael Mulgrew, president
Office location        New York, NY

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) is the labor union that represents most
teachers in New York City public schools. As of 2005, there were about 118,000
in-service teachers and 17,000 paraprofessionals in the union, as well as about
54,000 retired members. In October 2007, 28,280 home day care providers voted to
join the union, sending the UFT's total representation well past the 200,000 mark.

It is
affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO and the
Central Labor Council.

It is also the largest member of New York State United Teachers, which is
with the National Educational Association
and Education International.

The previous president of the UFT, Randi Weingarten, resigned in 2009 to
lead the AFT.
She has clashed repeatedly with the mayors of the city; in particular
with former mayor Rudy Giuliani and current mayor Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg
has controversially made student promotion to third, sixth and eighth grade
contingent upon performance on standardized tests, which the UFT and the New
York Board of Regents have criticized as being flawed.

[Maura Larkins comment: I agree with Randi on student promotions.  Holding
kids back is not effective.  Teachers need to learn, however, to help kids catch
up.  I heard a teacher of the year at
Castle Park Elementary say, "I don't have
time to help kids catch up."]

The UFT opposes merit pay for teachers, opting for seniority-based pay, but
joined in November 2007, with Mayor Bloomberg in agreeing to a voluntary incentive
program for high-achieving schools with high-needs populations. The union does not
support a proposed reform of the seniority-based LIFO (education) law.

[Maura Larkins comment: I think teachers need to be effectively evaluated,
instead of relying on seniority to determine pay.]
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Chicago Teachers
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The Chicago Teachers Union is a
labor union representing teachers
in the Chicago public school system.

It is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO
and the American Federation of
Teachers [AFT)
and has over
32,000 members. The current
officers of the Chicago Teachers
Union are: President Karen Lewis,
Vice President Jesse Sharkey,
Recording Secretary Michael
Brunson, and Financial Secretary
Kristine Mayle.
The Chicago Teachers Union has
more than 30,000 teacher,
paraprofessional and retiree
members. The Union is Local 1 of
the American Federation of
Teachers, an Illinois Federation of
Teachers affiliate and affiliated with
the Chicago Federation of Labor
and the AFL-CIO.
Unions (teacher unions)

CTA (California Teachers

CVE (Chula Vista Educators)

SDEA (San Diego Education Association)

SEA (Sweetwater Education