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News stories | March 7, 2019 >>

After almost a decade of complaints, malfunctions and payments of more than $70 million to thousands of UFT members to compensate them for work outside school hours, the DOE is finally pulling the plug on the $130 million Special Education Student Information System that it launched in 2011.

Editorials | March 7, 2019 >>

It’s not right to dance on a grave, but with SESIS we’ll make an exception.

Know your rights | October 4, 2018 >>

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.

News stories | October 4, 2018 >>

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. 

Know your rights | 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.

News stories | May 4, 2017 >>

A recent arbitration settlement both protects members’ contractual rights and will create a new opportunity for high school teachers to work with a maximum of eight students per school year for targeted credit recovery in lieu of their Circular 6 professional activity.

News stories | January 5, 2017 >>

Through a recent arbitration ruling, the UFT was able to gain a new process to help schools with chronically oversize classes find solutions.

News stories | December 1, 2016 >>

The DOE on Nov. 18 agreed to provide $33 million in back pay to thousands of UFT members who have spent many hours outside their regular workday since Jan. 1, 2013 logging student data onto the DOE's SESIS system.

News stories | November 3, 2016 >>

The number of oversize classes in elementary and middle schools is down for the second year in a row, but that welcome news is offset by a sharp rise in the city’s high school numbers.

News stories | October 6, 2016 >>

A recent arbitration ruling with significance for more than 5,000 teachers reinforces the UFT position that principals must conduct separate pre-observation and post-observation conferences when formally observing UFT members who are still rated under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory system.

Vperspective | October 6, 2016 >>

The key to knowing the difference between a gripe and a grievance is an understanding of our collective-bargaining agreements. It is only then that we truly know our rights.

News stories | November 5, 2015 >>

City schools began the school year with the fewest oversized classes in more than seven years, UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced on Oct. 19.

News stories | May 7, 2015 >>

In the first test of the 2014 contract’s new standards on paperwork reduction, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the teachers at John Dewey HS in Gravesend, Brooklyn and ordered the principal to stop burdening staff with unnecessary paperwork.

News stories | April 2, 2015 >>

For the very first time, a teacher rating of Ineffective has been overturned. In its first case before an impartial, three-member appeals panel, the union proved that the rating of Ineffective for Vicky Giasemis, the chapter leader at PS 90 in Coney Island, was due to harassment and animus by her principal and was not related to her job performance. 

News stories | October 2, 2014 >>

The UFT filed grievances on Sept. 18 and 19 on more than 3,500 classes citywide jam-packed with more students than allowed under the union contract. Although there were 210 fewer oversize classes this year than at the same time last year, the classes were dispersed over more schools than in the past.

News stories | June 5, 2014 >>

In a resounding win for teacher professionalism and teacher voice, an arbitrator has ruled that “lesson plans are for the personal use of the teacher” and that principals may not “mandate specific elements of lesson plans.”

Info you should know | May 15, 2014 >>

UFT members who volunteered in shelters during Hurricane Sandy and were not paid for all hours worked have won their right to be paid, thanks to a union-initiated grievance.

Editorials | May 15, 2014 >>
The proposed contract reflects the importance of having a negotiating partner in City Hall who understands and respects the work that UFT members do, both in and out of the classroom. It’s a striking difference from the modus operandi of the previous administration.
News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

Teachers at Beginning with Children Charter School, a K-8 charter school represented by the UFT, have reaffirmed their right to unassigned prep periods, thanks to an arbitrator’s decision. The victory for teachers comes as the school’s very existence is being threatened.

News stories | January 16, 2014 >>

The UFT can claim some significant arbitration victories this year in its fight to make the Department of Education abide by the class-size restrictions in the DOE-UFT contract.

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