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UFT Borough Offices
The UFT has offices in every borough where you can find experts — all fellow UFT members — to answer questions about salary, certification, educational and workplace issues, health and other benefits, safety, pension and more.
The offices are open until 6 p.m. most days, until 7 p.m. one day a week. Throughout the school year, each borough office hosts many meetings and workshops that help members.
Here are some of the borough office staffers to whom you can turn.
- Your borough representative is a union leader who coordinates all UFT activities in that borough.
- Your district representative (DR) is a union leader who works to resolve issues, usually raised by chapter leaders, that cannot be settled at the school level. You may meet your DR at your borough office, or perhaps your chapter leader will invite her or him into your school.
- Salary representatives can help you with payroll problems or delays, and check that you are getting the right salary.
- Pension consultants can respond to your questions about the pension system.
- Educational liaisons can advise you about certification requirements as well as classroom issues.
- Safety representatives are specially trained to respond to incidents as well as environmental health and safety issues.
At union headquarters, located at 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, you’ll find:
- UFT Certification Services.
- The Teacher Center headquarters and conference center, where there are many graduate-level classes, educational workshops and professional conferences.
- The UFT Welfare Fund.
- Union departments (including Political Action, Grievance, Safety and Just for Fun.
- UFT officers, whom members elect every three years. They:
- Shape policy.
- Negotiate and enforce our contract.
- Deal with the school system, and city and state agencies.
- Assure that the UFT efficiently delivers services to you.
- Work to create public and political support to improve teaching and learning conditions in public schools.
- Fight to ensure that educators have a decent income, long-term economic security, and professional autonomy and fairness on the job.
The UFT Constitution specifies that five of the seven vice presidents come from:
- Elementary schools
- Middle schools
- Academic high schools
- Career/technical high schools
- Special education
A sixth VP champions education issues and the seventh represents members who are not employees of the New York City Department of Education, such as educators in private or charter schools or hospital nurses.