News for School Secretaries

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 | May 2, 2013 - 12:01am

Dozens of UFT members from the School Secretaries and the Teachers Assigned chapters attended a Meet the President event at UFT headquarters on April 18.

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.

What I do | March 21, 2013 - 12:01am

A school aide dreaming of being a school secretary since 1992, Doreen Berrios-Castillo got her license, became a secretary in 2004 and has been at Manhattan’s PS 102 for two years.

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 stories | December 20, 2012 - 3:01pm

There was skills training on tap as the School Secretaries Chapter held its annual training seminar on Dec. 8, which brought more than 100 school secretaries to UFT headquarters in Manhattan.

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.

Feature stories | April 19, 2012 (All day)

The UFT’s 26th annual School Secretaries of the Year Awards Luncheon on March 31 honored members with its six traditional awards and a new one.

Union resolutions | April 18, 2012 - 6:38pm

The UFT resolves to encourage all of its members to thank their secretaries and celebrate the exemplary work of school secretaries on that day.

Around the UFT | December 22, 2011 - 3:13pm

School-related personnel throughout the city were honored by the UFT at special events in each borough recently for the invaluable support they provide. School psychologist Lisa Harte of PS 138 in Manhattan rated the celebrations “important” for strengthening camaraderie and because “we go back to work happier and focused,” she said.

News stories | December 22, 2011 - 12:55pm

Jeanne Chin, a school secretary who likes to know her rights, keep updated and network with colleagues, was one of some 100 who came out for the School Secretaries Seminar on Dec. 10 at the union’s Manhattan headquarters.

News stories | November 24, 2011 - 11:18am

School secretaries throughout the city are feeling overworked and under pressure as their ranks have thinned as secretaries leave and retire and are not replaced, according to UFT representatives. The number of school secretaries has dropped nearly 15 percent between October 2008, when there were 3,537, and this October, when there were only 3,047.

Feature stories | October 13, 2011 - 1:44pm

School secretary Joyce Borden had a vision for the Children’s Workshop School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where she has worked for 15 years: Why couldn’t some of the colorful murals that give the neighborhood its character and essence enliven her school building, too?

Editorials | September 22, 2011 - 4:49pm

Say the word “teacher” and the image that comes to most people’s mind is a person standing at the head of the class. The UFT knows differently. Teaching has a broader meaning, encompassing different kinds of educators, including those who work with children every day, but not necessarily at the head of the class or in the classroom at all.

Feature stories | June 23, 2011 - 4:26pm

“Ask not what your union can do for you. Ask what you can do for your union.” That was the charge of Mona Gonzalez, the new chair of the UFT Secretaries Chapter, to the large gathering at the 25th annual School Secretaries of the Year Gala Awards Luncheon at UFT headquarters on June 4.

Around the UFT | June 23, 2011 - 3:53pm

200 chapter leaders, paras and secretaries came to the Chancellor’s Day professional development sessions at UFT headquarters on June 9.  The sessions were offered by the UFT’s Safety and Health Department to meet a wide range of needs and included violence and suicide prevention workshops, school response teams, bedbugs and bullying.

Chapter news | February 14, 2011 - 5:50pm

It is an honor and privilege to have been elected by the School Secretaries Executive Board to fill the position of chapter chairperson after Jackie Ervolina’s retirement, and I am confident that we can make great strides forward by working together.

Feature stories | February 3, 2011 - 12:13pm

The UFT’s annual School Secretaries Seminar took place on Jan. 29 at union headquarters and was attended by more than 100 secretaries representing every borough, school level and degree of experience. It was the final seminar presided over by Chapter Leader Jackie Ervolina, who retired on Feb. 1.

Chapter news | January 28, 2011 - 5:28pm

For the past nine years, I have had the honor of serving as your chapter chairperson — a true labor of love. Union work has been a part of my life from the very beginning of my career as a school secretary in District 29. However, due to family responsibilities, I will retire as of Feb. 1.

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