Know your rights

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.

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.

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