Know your rights

February 7, 2019

Environmental health and safety hazards

You have the right to work in a healthy and safe school building. The UFT’s Safety and Health Department can work with you and your school if you encounter environmental health and safety hazards.

January 3, 2019


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

December 6, 2018

Absences and leaves for paraprofessionals

If you are a paraprofessional, have you ever wondered what your rights are in terms of leave time and absence from work? You earn one sick leave day for every month in which you are in service for at least 16 calendar days. The maximum number of sick leave days earnable in a school year is 10 for September through June.

November 1, 2018

Special education

Here are some important things to know about IEPs, IEP team decisions, teacher assignments, ICT classes and self-contained classes if you work with students with disabilities.

October 4, 2018

Preparation periods

Among the many meaningful rights and professional protections that your contract provides is time carved out each day for teachers to do professional work. Teachers are generally entitled to five prep periods per week. Prep periods are self-directed; teachers determine what to do during their prep periods.

September 6, 2018

Teacher ratings

Teachers covered by the DOE’s “Advance” system should have received their final rating for the 2017–18 school year by the start of the school year. Find out how the rating was calculated and what your options are if you received an Ineffective or Developing rating.

July 5, 2018

Teacher observations

Under Measures of Teacher Practice, teachers engage in a cycle of observation, feedback and reflection with their principal or other evaluator. Here are some things you should know about this component of your rating.

June 7, 2018

Per-session activities

Here are some of the rules that govern these per-session activities for teachers, school psychologists and social workers and paraprofessionals.

May 3, 2018

Workplace discrimination and harassment

No one should have to tolerate workplace harassment or discrimination, which is why the UFT-Department of Education contracts have contained protections, for many years, against a wide range of discriminatory or harassing behaviors, including sexual harassment.

April 5, 2018

School-based options

SBOs — in accordance with Article 8B of the contract — allow UFT members the flexibility to collaboratively modify contractual articles and/or create positions that the contract does not automatically allow.

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