Know your rights

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

Transfers

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

June 2, 2016

Environmental safety

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

May 5, 2016

Injury in the Line of Duty

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.

April 7, 2016

Program preferences and professional activities

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

March 3, 2016

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 2014–2015 school year, based on the needs and philosophy of your school.

February 4, 2016

Grievances

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.

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