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published April 13, 2016
We've had an exciting school year so far! Although it has been challenging at times, I encourage you to take a moment to celebrate all the victories we've had along the way. As you may have heard, our union and unions across the country received great news on March 29.
We survived a serious threat when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld fair-share fees that public sector unions collect from non-members in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. Read the New York Teacher story about the Friedrichs case.
We can breathe a sigh of relief that this has passed us for now. It would not have been possible without our hard work and collective voice. But our work is far from over!
Well-funded corporate interests created this lawsuit by cold-calling California teachers until they got 10 willing to be the face of their lawsuit. The Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision stops them temporarily; our enemies already have about two dozen cases in the pipeline. If we stand together, we can fend off these efforts to undermine working people and the middle class.
We need to let others know that unionism is alive and well. We must make sure that all our members understand what the UFT does for them in terms of salary, financial security, health benefits, advocacy and representation. Now we have an amazing new online platform to share these stories far and wide. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to read our #UnionProud stories, subscribe to read new ones as they are added, and share your favorite stories on social media. Have your own story to tell? Please let us know by filling out our Union Loud and Proud testimonial form.
I am honored to continue to represent you as your chapter leader. Happy spring and keep in touch!
Education Officers and Analysts Chapter Leader
May 2016 pay raises
Thanks to the new contract your union negotiated for you in 2014, you can expect to see a raise in your paycheck this May! There will be a 1.5 percent pay increase along with a 2 percent retro rate increase, adding up to a 3.5 percent raise.
For more information about our 2014 contract salary increases, visit the UFT website »
Work load salary increases
Many Education Officers and Education Analysts have inquired about the process for requesting a salary increase when job responsibilities have substantially increased. We have consulted with representatives at the Department of Education and they have provided the following information.
As an Education Officer or Education Analyst, you may request a salary increase if you have been given substantially greater job responsibilities. You make that request to your manager.
If your manager believes such an increase is in order, he or she can submit a request to central DOE. The request may be approved pursuant to the following criteria:
- Your manager must attest, in writing, that you are taking on additional responsibilities.
- The requested increase must fall within the contractual salary ranges.
- The money for such an increase must be in your office budget and must be approved by the central DOE budget office.
If the requested increase is for 2 percent or less and meets the above criteria, the request will be approved.
If the requested increase is more than 2 percent and meets the above criteria, an internal committee made up of a variety of different offices will review the request to determine if it should be approved. However, the ultimate approval comes from the Office of the Chancellor.
If you believe your job duties have increased, speak with your manager regarding a request for a salary increase. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me for additional support.
Where to find your Civil Service Exam Results
I know many of you are anxious to hear the results of your Civil Service Exam. Although I can't tell you when they'll be posted, I just want to remind to that when they are available, you'll find them on the DCAS website.
Functional Chapter Weekend in January
UFT representatives who work with our chapter, along with four chapter members, attended the UFT Functional Chapter Weekend Feb. 27 and 28. We learned about safety, how politics affect our union and more — and we dressed for the occasion.
Join the union
If you haven't officially joined the UFT yet, don't wait! As a dues-paying member, you have the right to play an important role in your union and its actions and policies. Only members can vote in union elections, run for union office and take part in the contract ratification vote.
Run/walk for the UFT Disaster Relief Fund
Join your colleagues at the UFT 3rd Annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, April 16 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The run is sponsored by the UFT Middle School Division. The starting point is in front of the Coney Island boardwalk. You have until Thursday, April 14 to register. The fee is $25 for adults, $15 for children, age 12 or younger.
For registration and more information, see the event listing »
Come to the Spring Education Conference
The UFT's annual Spring Education Conference will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New York Hilton Midtown. We’re offering a morning panel, exciting workshops, innovative exhibits and a gala luncheon. Registration closes on Friday, April 15.
For more information and to register, see the event listing »
Three more chapter meetings this year
Don't miss our three remaining monthly chapter meetings this school year.
- April 20 in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, April 2o from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G. Directions »
- May 11 in Brooklyn
When: Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: UFT Brooklyn borough office at 335 Adams St. 24th floor, room 1. Directions »
- June 22 in Manhattan
When: Wednesday, June 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room G. Directions »
If you have suggestions for agenda items, contact Emma Mendez at email@example.com. I hope to see you at our meetings!
Sign up for text messages
The UFT is now sending text messages to members’ mobile phones to get you information you need fast. This includes updates on weather emergencies, reminders about rallies and other union actions; and updates on vital news. We promise not to inundate you. We’ll still send most of our messages via email.
Sign up to receive UFT text messages by texting “paras” to 30644 from your mobile phone, or you can sign up online.
Connect with your union on social media!
We've also heard from many of you that there is an interest in creating social media pages for the Education Officers and Analysts Chapter. If you want to be involved in getting these pages up and running, contact Emma Mendez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your favorite winter-themed children's story?
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
Total votes: 106