Know your rights

March 1, 2018

School chapters

The basic unit of the union is the chapter, which is composed of all the UFT members at a school or worksite. The union requires member participation at the chapter level to work most effectively.

February 1, 2018


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 to educate our students. It gives us an important voice in the workplace and a mechanism for addressing problems that arise.

January 4, 2018


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.

December 7, 2017

Paraprofessionals’ responsibilities

UFT paraprofessionals have challenging and rewarding jobs working as part of an educational team providing educational and support services to children. Here are some rights and responsibilities of paraprofessionals that paras should know.

November 2, 2017

Special education

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

October 5, 2017

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.

September 7, 2017

Teacher ratings

By Sept. 1, teachers should have already their final ratings under the revised teacher evaluation system. Here's how your rating was calculated and the steps you can take to file an appeal if appropriate.

July 6, 2017

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 1, 2017

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 4, 2017

Program preferences and professional activities

Each spring (or each term in some high schools) you may request an assignment for the following school year (or term) on a preference sheet your principal will hand out. You should indicate the subject and grade level you desire in priority order.

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