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Q & A on the issues | July 4, 2019 >>

If you want a new opportunity, wish to be closer to home or have been placed in excess, the Open Market Transfer Plan gives you the chance to apply for a position at another school. 

Know your rights | July 4, 2019 >>

All UFT members — not just teachers — have the opportunity to transfer to a different school under the Open Market Transfer Plan. The open period for applying to transfer runs from April 15 to Aug. 7 each year.

News stories | September 27, 2012 >>

The recent settlement of a union-initiated grievance provides stronger protections for teachers serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool and new provisions governing their assignments.

Press releases | September 24, 2012 >>

On Sept. 21 the Department of Education released some misleading information about proposed buyouts for teachers in excess. UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, "Despite the DOE’s mismanagement of the hiring process and the political needs of the mayor, we will continue to fight for the children in our schools, and the rights of the teachers in the ATR pool who are working hard in schools every day."

News stories | May 24, 2012 >>

After refusing the union’s suggestions for two years, the city had a surprise change of heart on May 17, announcing that it will offer “generous” buyouts to teachers who have spent a year or more in the Absent Teacher Reserve. Negotiations over the terms and amount of the buyout will begin in the next several weeks, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

News stories | May 10, 2012 >>

The number of teachers working in the Absent Teacher Reserve without a permanent position is at its lowest point in several years, according to new data from the Department of Education.

Comments | April 19, 2012 >>

We have almost reached the finish line and all our families and friends are cheering us on that we finish the year in good health! Many ATRs are restricted from teaching their speciality, but they do the best they can under the circumstances.

Around the UFT | March 8, 2012 >>

Teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool are participating February and March in professional development sessions sponsored by the UFT Teacher Center in partnership with the city’s Department of Education. The educators are being released from work to attend the all-day training sessions.

Union resolutions | December 7, 2011 >>

The UFT resolves to urge the DOE to require that all ATRs be given an opportunity for permanent placement in vacancies in their license areas in their district or high school superintendency before the DOE approves any new hire in a license area where an ATR has not been given an opportunity for permanent placement.

News stories | November 24, 2011 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew opened the Nov. 9 Delegate Assembly with some good news: in Ohio the previous day, voters turned back by a 61-39 percent margin an attempt to prevent public-sector workers from being able to bargain collectively. He noted that 25 UFT retirees and staffers had been on the ground in Ohio, knocking on doors and making phone calls to talk about the issue and get out the vote.

Union resolutions | November 9, 2011 >>

The UFT resolves to direct its chapters and Chapter Leaders to reach out to members of the Absent Teacher Reserve who are assigned to their schools, to welcome them, and to support them; the UFT has always and will always stand for the dignity of all UFT members.

Feature stories | October 13, 2011 >>

The new school year may have just begun, but the Department of Education is already up to its old tricks. Take, for example, the job fairs the DOE hosted on Sept. 13 and 20. While Tweed required teachers in the Absent Teacher Reserve pool to attend these fairs, it did not require principals from schools with vacant positions to attend.

News stories | September 8, 2011 >>

Despite five consecutive years of school budget cuts, the total number of teachers in excess rose only slightly this year. As a result of principals’ decisions, school closures and enrollment changes, 2,186 teachers lost full-time assignments in June.

News stories | August 4, 2011 >>

No layoffs! The victory, after weeks of cliffhanger budget negotiations and literally hundreds of protest actions by concerned parents and educators, was sweet indeed for teachers who can now close up their classrooms with the knowledge that they’ll see their students again in September.

Comments | February 17, 2011 >>

The following letter was sent to the New York Post: The New York Post’s war on the public schools’ Absent Teacher Reserve continues. On Feb. 10, the Post lumped the ATRs together with “teachers with excessive, but unjustified, absences and teachers who’ve received ‘unsatisfactory’ ratings.”

News stories | February 3, 2011 >>

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted public employee pensions, current layoff rules and educators serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve in a State of the City address on Jan. 19 in which he said he would shrink the cost of government by going after public employee benefits rather than raise taxes to meet this year’s budget challenges.

News | January 19, 2011 >>

Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted public employee pensions, current layoff rules and educators serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve in a State of the City address on Jan. 19 in which he said he would shrink the cost of government by going after public employee benefits rather than raise taxes to meet this year’s budget challenges.

News stories | September 30, 2010 >>

The Bronx job fair was one of three job fairs that the DOE held this fall for ATRs. While all 1,800 educators in excess were required to attend the fairs, the DOE put no such mandate on schools with vacancies. “The DOE seems to be going through the motions with these fairs rather than making a genuine attempt to match ATRs with vacancies in the system,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

News | August 31, 2010 >>

If you were given a letter of excess by your principal or were in excess last year and still do not have a position in a school, you should visit the Excessed Staff Selection Site on the DOE website to check your status.

News stories | June 17, 2010 >>

Just two days before layoff letters from the Department of Education were due to hit the mailboxes of 4,400 teachers across the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rescinded those notices and announced that there would be no layoffs. UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded the mayor for calling off the layoffs. “I’m glad that he made the right decision to avoid massive disruption in the schools,” he said.

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