Info you should know

March 7, 2019

UFT dues can only be deducted from state taxes now

Under the new federal tax law, union dues and other miscellaneous itemized deductions are no longer permitted. 
But union members in the New York State may deduct their union dues from their state income taxes if they itemize deductions on their state taxes.


January 3, 2019

Jan. 18 deadline to submit Teacher’s Choice form

The deadline for spending your Teacher’s Choice funds is Jan. 13.

Paras and lunchroom duties

Paraprofessionals, including one-on-one paras, are entitled to a duty-free lunch period. Lunchroom supervision may not be assigned to paras.

December 6, 2018

Teacher’s Choice funds must be spent by Jan. 13

The deadline for spending your Teacher’s Choice funds is Jan. 13.

October 4, 2018

Nominate a colleague for the 2018 paraprofessional awards

Paraprofessionals are core members of every school community, and this year is the kickoff of the 50th anniversary of the UFT’s Paraprofessionals Chapter. To recognize paras and this special anniversary, UFT members are encouraged to honor a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to their school, community and union. 

Dial-A-Teacher phone lines open

Tell your students: If they need homework help, the UFT’s award-winning Dial-A-Teacher service is open for business. The help line, beginning its 38th year, assists students and parents struggling with homework assignments from 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday to Thursday when school is in session.

City pays incentive for waiving city health benefits

Are you covered by a New York City health benefits plan but also covered by the non-city health insurance plan of your parent, spouse or domestic partner, or through other employment?

New ID procedures at UFT offices

A new procedure has been established for UFT members who visit UFT headquarters in Manhattan or one of the union’s borough offices.


September 6, 2018

Parent-teacher conference date switch

Since the primary elections for political office in New York State are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, the evening parent-teacher conferences for elementary schools for the 2018-19 school year have been moved to Monday, Sept. 17.


Teacher's Choice for 2018-19 school year

Following a strong lobbying effort by the UFT, the City Council maintained the previous year’s big increase in funding for Teacher’s Choice in the city budget. As a result, eligible UFT-represented educators will be reimbursed the same amounts as last school year for materials and supplies for the 2018–19 school year.

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