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In addition to the regular pay increases negotiated in each Department of Education-UFT contract, UFT-represented employees receive differentials, step payments and longevity increases based on level of education and years of service.

The contract for your job title contains a salary schedule that calculates the new salaries when each negotiated pay increase takes effect. In the new 2018 contract, UFT-represented employees will receive a 2 percent raise effective Feb. 14, 2019, followed by an increase of 2.5 percent effective May 14, 2020, and 3 percent effective May 14, 2021.

Paraprofessionals will receive an increase in pay beyond the across-the-board increases in the contract. Paraprofessionals with less than five years on the job will receive a new $500 longevity and those with five or more years on the job will have $1,200 added to their existing five- or 15-year longevities. UFT-represented members in other job titles that have a maximum salary of less than $100,000 will receive a $500 increase in longevities at or above the five-year mark.

UFT-represented employees will also receive the remaining two lump-sum payments negotiated as part of the 2014 contract. Those lump-sum payments, in October 2019 and 2020, each represent 25 percent of the money owed to UFT-represented employees because they did not receive raises in 2009 and 2010. For more information, see the CFE Pay Chart chart.

View the salary schedules for the 2018 contract (which runs from 2018 to 2021) in the Contract 2018 section of the UFT website under Our Rights. Call a salary representative in your UFT borough office if you need help interpreting the schedule.

The UFT contract provides for more money as you spend more time on the job (in what are called longevities and steps) and also allows you to earn more money as you attain more education credits (in what are called differentials). You may also be able to get salary credit for teaching experience elsewhere or for other relevant experience. These contractual provisions can translate to thousands of dollars each year.

It’s worth checking the salary schedule, particularly if you are a new teacher, to make sure you have been given credit for all the educational credits you’ve earned and the experience you have. You must apply for a salary differential or credit for outside work experience within six months of completing the coursework or receiving your appointment.

Longevities come after teaching in New York City public schools for five, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 years.

One of the ways you can accumulate the credits you need to qualify for salary differentials is by taking courses through UFT Course Programs. To learn about the current course offerings, check the online course catalog and register. You can also call the UFT Teacher Center at 212-475-3737.

As part of the 2018 contract, teachers will soon be able to earn their MA+30 differential by taking courses, called A+ courses, that are approved for this differential. Teachers hired after Sept. 1, 2017, but before Sept. 1, 2019, who want to achieve this differential must obtain a minimum of six A+ credits. Teachers hired after Sept. 1, 2019, must obtain a minimum of 18 A+ credits to achieve this differential. The remaining credits can be obtained through traditional college credits. The union will share more information about A+ credits as soon as it becomes available.

Teachers, other pedagogues and paraprofessionals are paid semimonthly, on or about the 1st and the 16th of each month. Nurses, therapists, education analysts and other H-bank titles are paid biweekly and receive 26 checks annually.

If you have any questions about your salary or believe you are being paid incorrectly, talk to your payroll secretary and then check with a salary representative in your UFT borough office. If necessary, a salary grievance will be filed on your behalf.

On the last day of school, teachers and other Q-bank titles receive five checks or five check stubs for direct deposit: one for the end of June, two for July and two for August.

Throughout the school year, teachers and other titles can also apply for per-session activities that occur either before school, after school, on weekends or holidays, or during the summer. Teachers are paid at the hourly per session rate of $50.13, which will increase to $51.13 effective Feb. 14, 2019. Rates for other titles can be found in the Contract 2018 section.

See more information about salary differentials, salary steps, longevity increases and per-session work online.

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