News for Lab Specialists

News stories | January 3, 2019 - 1:00am

The Department of Education employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing occupational therapy to adapting computers for special needs children. Here is how the UFT represents them.

News stories | November 1, 2018 - 3:00am

The overriding theme of the proposed DOE-UFT contract agreement is empowering educators to fight for the working conditions they need to do their jobs.

News stories | January 4, 2018 - 3:00pm

Although the union is called the United Federation of Teachers, the membership has grown to include many other types of educators and professionals who serve the children of New York City in a variety of ways.
These Department of Education-employed members have functional chapters of their own to address common issues and concerns.

News | November 2, 2017 - 4:47pm

Effective May 18, 2017, every school employee who has a car will receive a Department of Education-issued parking permit, and the school’s on-street parking spots will become available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chapter news | February 3, 2016 - 4:26pm

Here are PDFs of the presentation and handouts from the January 2016 lab specialists training.

Chapter news | February 3, 2016 - 11:55am

Here is a schedule of chapter meetings for lab specialists for the 2015-16 school year.

Chapter news | November 25, 2015 - 1:30pm

Keep an eye out for email updates about our annual safety training for lab specialists in January. It’s important that we maintain our skills, and stay up-to-date on the latest developments in our field. It’s also important to attend chapter meetings. It gives you a chance to have input into the union’s agenda.

News stories | June 5, 2014 - 11:59pm

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a groundbreaking nine-year contract with the Department of Education on June 3. The contract passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 votes, which were counted by the independent American Arbitration Association.

News stories | May 15, 2014 - 12:30am

The UFT’s Delegate Assembly on May 7 overwhelmingly approved sending the proposed new Department of Education contract to the union’s members for a vote.

News | May 1, 2014 - 9:11pm

The UFT and New York City leaders on May 1 announced a historic proposed nine-year contract that they said demonstrates the extraordinary progress possible in public schools when a city works in partnership with its educators. At a City Hall press conference, UFT President Michael Mulgrew called the proposed agreement the “contract for education.”

News stories | February 6, 2014 - 12:01am

David Kazansky, the UFT Director for Safety and Health, said the Jan. 2 accident at Beacon HS occurred because of “a systemic failure” of the DOE, which has not staffed secondary schools with laboratory specialists.

Union resolutions | January 15, 2014 - 1:16pm

The UFT calls on the DOE to immediately use all lab specialists now in excess and to hire more lab specialists in order that every secondary school in the city has a lab specialist. It also calls on the DOE to ensure that all science teachers and other relevant staff receive lab-safety training.

Union resolutions | December 11, 2013 - 11:27am

The UFT will remain mindful of the need to use inclusive and broad language whenever possible and appropriate in referring to its members, and tthe UFT’s members will be encouraged to use the word “members” instead of “teachers” when referring to the union’s membership.

News | November 6, 2013 - 8:00am

Bill de Blasio, who criticized the growing income inequality in the city and promised to restore respect for teachers and unions, was elected mayor of New York City on Nov. 5. In his victory speech, he painted a vision of a city where "we all rise together."

News | July 18, 2013 - 5:41pm

The UFT notified its members on July 18 that a judge issued a Temporary Restraining Order that temporarily stops the city's Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit for health benefits. The union advised its members not to submit at this time any documents or participate in this verification process.

News stories | May 16, 2013 - 12:01am

The UFT began the first fact-finding hearing for a new contract on May 6. The dispute pivots largely on the question of pattern bargaining. The UFT’s position is that its members are entitled to the same raises as other city workers have received. The DOE counters that it can't afford it.

Around the UFT | April 11, 2013 - 12:01am

UFT members of functional chapters — educators whose work generally does not involve standing at the head of a classroom — took part in daylong training sessions held at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, N.Y., on March 9 and 10.

News | January 10, 2013 - 11:55am

Show your solidarity with your colleagues and your union by changing your Facebook profile picture to our I Am the Union image.

News | November 20, 2012 - 10:06am

Among the many consequences of Hurricane Sandy, we lost a week of instruction when children stayed home from school. The state requires a minimum number of instructional days, and this school year, we were close to that minimum given how the holidays fell. So in light of this unprecedented natural disaster, there was no choice but to make up that time.

News | November 4, 2012 - 10:58am

The DOE announced at 5 p.m. today that 102 schools will not be open for children on Monday, Nov. 5. Find out the details here.

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