Info you should know

October 5, 2017

Paras cannot be required to supervise lunchrooms

Paraprofessionals, including one-on-one paras, are entitled to a duty-free lunch period.

Donate to hurricane relief efforts

AFT members and public schools affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico need your help.

UFT Welcome Center opens at 52 Broadway

When UFT members arrive at union headquarters, the union wants them to feel welcome and wants them to receive top-notch service from their first interaction with the UFT. That’s why the UFT opened a Welcome Center in the lobby of 52 Broadway on Sept. 5.

Phone lines open for Dial-A-Teacher

The staff at Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s long-running homework help line, bring help and encouragement to students and parents struggling with homework assignments from 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday to Thursday when school is in session.

September 7, 2017

Theft-prevention tips

The NYPD School Safety Division has specific recommendations on how you can reduce the risk of theft of both personal items and school property.

July 6, 2017

More coverage for opioid treatment drugs

Following a new state mandate, EmblemHealth and the other New York City employee health plans will now cover members for medicines used to treat substance-use disorders, including medicines usually prescribed for opioid addiction and dependence.

June 1, 2017

Help for struggling tenured teachers

The Peer Intervention Program (PIP), a collaborative program between the Department of Education and the UFT, helps tenured teachers who are struggling in their schools or who wish to further refine and improve their pedagogical skills.

New school-employee parking procedures

Starting on May 18, the school’s on-street parking spots became available on a first-come, first-served basis.

April 6, 2017

45-day enrollment period begins May 1 for Catastrophe Major Medical Plan

UFT members who are in-service and reside in New York State may enroll in this plan during this limited time.

Tax deductions for educators

Eligible educators can deduct up to $250 ($500 if married, filing jointly and both spouses are educators, but not more than $250 each) of any unreimbursed expenses in 2016 for materials they use in the classroom, according to the IRS.

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