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October 4, 2018

Stepping up for labor

More than 1,200 exuberant UFT members turned out in force to show union strength and pride at the city’s Labor Day Parade. 

UFT has new treasurer, VP for special education

Two longtime UFT legends stepped down as officers of the union and their replacements were voted in by the Executive Board on Sept. 24. Mel Aaronson, who served as treasurer of the union since 1998, will be replaced by pension trustee Debra Penny, while Mary Jo Ginese, until recently the leader of the Supervisors of Nurses and Therapists Chapter, will take over for Carmen Alvarez, who has been the vice president for special education since 1990. 


Temperatures rising

The absence of air conditioning in many schools made both teaching and learning conditions arduous during the first week of school, prompting the UFT to ask members to document conditions as the first step of a campaign to demand action from city and state agencies.

Ready to launch

With more than 4,000 new hires entering schools in September, the UFT hosted “Get Ready to Launch” open houses in the five borough offices, plus one at union headquarters for new UFT members who work with special-needs students, during the last week of August.

Lump-sum payment of 25% due this month

Because you have a union that fights for you, eligible members are entitled to be compensated for the two 4 percent raises that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to members of some municipal unions in 2009 and 2010 but refused to give to public school educators at the time. UFT members currently on payroll who worked for the DOE between 2009 and 2018 will receive in October a lump-sum payment of 25 percent of the amount accrued to date.

Mulgrew praises chapter leaders for helping union thwart threats

UFT is well-positioned to protect its members’ rights and benefits as the 2018–19 school years gets underway, President Michael Mulgrew reported to chapter leaders from across the city at their annual start-of-school meeting on Sept. 20 in Shanker Hall.


UFT to offer more pension clinics

Because your pension is one of the most important benefits you have as a UFT member, the union’s Pension Department is expanding its outreach to help today’s in-service members better understand their pensions and plan for retirement.

Union files grievances over Regents scoring conditions

The UFT has filed two grievances with the city Department of Education on behalf of more than a dozen teachers over substandard seating provided to them in January and June for grading Regents exams at distributive scoring sites. 


September 6, 2018

Paid parental leave a godsend for new parents

UFT members planning to have children were excited about the new paid parental leave policy and reassured about what it would mean for their families.

Starting off by the book

Hundreds of new teachers will start their school year with up to 50 free books apiece for their classroom, courtesy of the UFT’s book giveaway on Aug. 11.

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