About Michael Mulgrew
Michael Mulgrew is the fifth president of the United Federation of Teachers, UFT, which represents 200,000 teachers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries and other professional staff in New York City public schools as well as home day-care providers, nurses, adult education instructors and retired members. Mulgrew spent 12 years as a classroom teacher at William E. Grady High School in Brooklyn, where he also served as chapter leader before becoming the union’s vice president for career and technical education high schools and later its chief operating officer. He was appointed president in 2009, won election to his first full term in 2010, and was re-elected in 2013. During his tenure, the UFT has sought to improve schools in New York City by advocating for smaller classes, increased funding from both the city and state, greater parental involvement, reduced reliance on standardized testing, and other initiatives.