Know your rights

Know your rights | October 6, 2016 >>

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That’s why the UFT demands that the Department of Education requires all schools to have a comprehensive safety plan.

Know your rights | September 8, 2016 >>

As we enter a new school year, teachers should be aware of the rights of their students to instructional materials and reasonable class sizes.

Know your rights | July 7, 2016 >>

All members — not just teachers — have the opportunity to transfer to a different school under the Open Market Transfer Plan.

Know your rights | June 2, 2016 >>

The UFT’s Safety and Health Department can work with you and your school if you encounter environmental health and safety hazards.

Know your rights | May 5, 2016 >>

Pedagogues — teachers, guidance counselors, school secretaries, psychologists, social workers and lab specialists — injured or made sick on the job are covered by the Injury-in-the-Line-of-Duty provision of the UFT-Department of Education contract.

Know your rights | April 7, 2016 >>

UFT members have specific rights regarding program preferences and professional activities. Here’s what you should know before you make your requests.

Know your rights | March 3, 2016 >>

As spring approaches, it is time for your school to review and discuss school-based options that you would like to create, renew or rescind for the 2014–2015 school year, based on the needs and philosophy of your school.

Know your rights | February 4, 2016 >>

The union contract empowers us as educators to do our jobs well. It includes articles and rights whose sole aim is to ensure that we have the resources, support and structures in place so that we can do our best work to educate our students. It gives us an important voice in the workplace and a mechanism for addressing problems that arise.

Know your rights | January 7, 2016 >>

Representing members, helping them improve their working conditions, empowering them to have voice on the job and, in the case of educators, advocating for better teaching and learning conditions in their schools are all part of the UFT’s role.

Know your rights | December 3, 2015 >>

Here are some important things to know if you work with students with disabilities.

Know your rights | November 5, 2015 >>

When educators are bogged down with unnecessary and duplicative paperwork, it takes valuable time away from the work of educating and supporting our students. For that reason, the UFT negotiated a contractual clause in the 2014 contract that is designed to reduce and eliminate unnecessary paperwork.

Know your rights | February 5, 2015 >>

Teachers and other pedagogues are credited with one day of “sick leave” on the 16th of each month of the school year, or 10 days for a full school year of work.

Know your rights | January 8, 2015 >>

Your salary is calculated based on your level of education and your years of service. The Department of Education/UFT contract for your title contains a listing of salary schedules that take effect with each negotiated pay increase.

Know your rights | December 4, 2014 >>

Accidents, playground scrapes, bloody noses, fights, athletic injuries and violent episodes all have the potential for exposing you to a 

Know your rights | May 15, 2014 >>

Several years ago the UFT Guidance Counselors Chapter negotiated a way for counselors to resolve workload disputes.

Know your rights | March 27, 2014 >>

Unfortunate though it is, at times UFT members report being harassed or subjected to intimidation by their supervisors.

Know your rights | October 17, 2013 >>

Has your car ever been vandalized when it was parked near your school while you were at work? Have you had a personal item stolen in school? Were you pushed — on purpose or by accident — while in a hallway or stairwell?

Know your rights | May 30, 2013 >>

Looking ahead to the summer season, many UFT members apply for per-session positions. For school psychologists and social workers, Article 7 of the Department of Education contract covers, among other things, the rules governing the selection and retention of all per-session assignments, including after-school, weekend and summer work.

Know your rights | May 16, 2013 >>

The life of a school extends past regular classroom hours. Students can get extra academic help. They can create senior yearbooks, join debate teams and perform in school plays. They can participate in team sports. Teachers can apply to become instructors, coaches or leaders of these per-session activities that take place either before school, after school, on weekends or holidays, or in the summer.

Know your rights | January 31, 2013 >>

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.

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