Know your rights

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.

April 6, 2017

School-based options

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 2017–18 school year. SBOs allow staff the flexibility to modify contractual articles and/or create positions that the contract does not automatically allow.

March 2, 2017

School chapters

Representing members, helping them improve their working conditions, empowering them to have a 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.

February 2, 2017


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 5, 2017


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 1, 2016

Paraprofessionals’ responsibilities

During school visits, union representatives have been getting many questions about the rights and responsibilities of paraprofessionals. Here is what paras need to know.

November 3, 2016

Special education

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

October 6, 2016

School safety plans

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.

September 8, 2016

Instructional materials and class size

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

July 7, 2016


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

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