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Series X: Archived Websites, September 2007-ongoing


19 websites in 19 archived websites.

Scope and Content Note

The United Federation of Teachers (Local 2 of the American Federation of Teachers) represents more than 200,000 people, and is the sole bargaining agent for most of the non-supervisory educators who work in the New York City public schools. Their online presence includes bargaining agreements, their blog, EdWize from 2007-2013, benefits, event and news listings, campaigns supporting public schools and the union, and their political platform. The website was first captured in 2007, and focused on publications, action alerts, calendar of events, contracts, professional development resources, health services and benefits, financial resources, political action and other union committee information, work place safety, bargaining agreements, issues of the New York Teacher and other news, press releases, testimonies on behalf of the union, resources for new teachers in each New York City borough, parent resources, labor resources, the weolfare fund and writings by then UFT President Randi Weingarten (1998–2008). In 2008, the website highlighted the 55/25 retirement option. In 2010, the website celebrated the 50th anniversary of the union, as well as the Partners in Education program, a outreach program to use resources available from the New York City Department of Education.

In mid to late 2010, the website underwent a redesign and shifted to information on the leadership; their stances on charter schools, support for struggling schools, teacher data reports, and teacher evaluations, union resolutions; testimonies and speeches from UFT officers and staff members; research, analysis and policy recommendations; contracts, specifically regarding salary, absences, observation and evaluation, safety and health, and injury on the job; health benefits; pensions; political action compaigns; organizing efforts; alliances with community organizations; committees related to heritage, academics, and other committees; teaching resources related to certifications, classroom resources, courses and workshops for educaions, evaluations, English language learners, teacher leadership, students with disabilities, and the PROSE initiative (Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence); union elections; as well as news, images, and videos.

In late 2019, the website underwent another redesign. The new website focused on news, videos, podcasts, and photos from the union and the labor movement; rights and benefits including health, salary, pension, and contracts; events; professional development resouces around students with disabilities, english lanaguage learners, new teachers, high school educators, classroom resources, and job opportunities; chapter leadership; committees; new members resources; community partnerships; parental support; and organizing and political action. In 2020, the website focused on the census and the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in regards to school closures, reopenings, and hybrid in persion and virtual learning, as well as a website mourning the loss of union members to the virus.

The website throughout the years has a major focus on the union chapters. The union chapters are divided into charter schools, empowerment schools, family childcare providers, federation of nurses, guidance counselors, hearing educators, Individualized Education Programs teachers, lab specialists, occupational and phyiscal therapists, paraprofessionals, retirees, school secretaries, social workers and psycholigists, speech teachers, alcohol and substrance abuse programs, high school teachers, middle school teachers, elementary school teachers, vocational school teachers, teachers assigned, United Cerebral Palsy, Department of Education, special education teachers, and teachers of the homebound.

Their online presence also includes the website for the United Federation of Teachers Teacher Center, established in 1979, is a New York City based professional development program for educators that offers courses and workshops, conferences and seminars, and in-classroom support across the five boroughs. The UFTTC was co-developed by the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Department of Education, the city Education Department, and participating schools. The website hosts a calendar of events and registration information for the various courses, as well as external links to professional development resources for educators. During the COVID-19 pandemic UFTTC established a virtual field trip website. Field trips include Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, cave paintings, Mars, and a shipwreck scenario. Their online presence also includes the UFT Charter School, which was a high school founded by the union in 2005. UFT Honors is the memorial website for members who died during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes obituaries and remembrances.

The YouTube channel for UFT includes videos on COVID-19 vaccinations, COVID-19 updates for the union, teacher union day, awards, paid parental leave, UFT's Bill de Blasio endorsement for mayor, teacher evaluation agreement, universal free lunch in New York City public schools, #EdWalk march to Albany on school funding, pride event on the Pulse shooting in Orlando, community learning schools, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, #ProtectOurSchools Coalition rally, Alliance for Quality Education, state budget hearings, classroom supplies, Health and Vision Center, Reclaim the Promise of Public Education day of action, emergency educational action plan, charter schools, and other rallies and news conferences.

The Carbon Free and Healthy Schools campaign is a collaborative partnership between the United Federation of Teachers; DC 37; Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ; the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; the New York City Central Labor Council; and Climate Jobs NY to urge federal and local lawmakers to retrofit schools for energy efficiencies, including solar power, to create a safe, healthy, cost-effective school environment while contributing to a greener New York City. The website contains fact sheets, petitions, pledges from community members and Mayor Eric Adams, and press about the campaign.

The Dial-A-Teacher Program is a joint project of the United Federation of Teachers and the New York City Department of Education. The program provides free homework assistance for parents and elementary and middle school students directly over the telephone. The website contains the phone number for the program, math reference sheets, and images of teachers.

Also includes United Federation of Teachers' endorsements for mayor, borough presidents, Manhattan district attorney, and comptroller for New York City. UFT endorsed Scott Stringer for mayor in 2021. The website also includes how the endorsement process worked, endorsement videos, and news about the election.

The Positive Learning Collaborative (PLC) is a partnership between the United Federation of Teachers and NYC Department of Education that provides professional development, comprehensive coaching, and school wide systems and support to all public school staff through restorative practices. Types of professional development they provide include yoga and mindfulness videos and educator and parent workshops. The website also includes information on their sensory tools project, a listing of PLC schools, and news from the partnership.

United Community Schools is a network of community schools in New York City created by the United Federation of Teachers that works to improve student achievement by addressing the educational, emotional, social and health issues in the way of learning. The website contains the model of the program, list of schools, history of the program, leadership and team, career opportunities, workshops and institutes, consulting resources, planning and implementation materials, information of site visits, results of their work, and news from the network.

The UFT Speech Therapy chapter provides resources for speech therapists working in New York City public schools. It also provides information on the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS), the system that tracks the services for students with disabilities.

The UFT Players are a professional committee of the United Federation of Teachers that provides performing arts opportunities to its membership.


New site crawls are accrued quarterly and semiannually.

In 2020, and accruals were increased to biweekly and monthly respectively.


Crawl was limited to domains and subdomains of,,,, and in order to remain within the collection scope and data constraints.

In 2023, YouTube URLs were changed to better capture the videos on the channel.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to technical or privacy issues, archived websites may not be exact copies of the original website at the time of the web crawl. Certain file types will not be captured dependent on how they are embedded in the site. Other parts of websites that the crawler has difficulty capturing includes Javascript, streaming content, database-driven content, and highly interactive content. Full-Text searches of archived websites are available at

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012