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  • Mulgrew statement on the passing of 32BJ SEIU president Hector Figueroa 3 days ago

    UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement offering condolences on the death of 32BJ SEIU labor union president Hector Figueroa.

  • Evelyn DeJesus elected AFT executive vice president 4 days ago

    Evelyn DeJesus, the UFT's vice president for education, was elected by the national union’s executive council as executive vice president. She will serve alongside President Randi Weingarten and Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson. 

  • On the Record with Michael Mulgrew - Episode 15 "Abe Levine" 6 days ago

    This episode is dedicated to one of the founding members of the UFT, Abe Levine, the first vice president for elementary schools, Abe was critical to the formation of the UFT and dedicated his life to the union and its membership. On behalf of all of us at the UFT, thank you, Abe Levine, for your leadership and vision.

  • Bronx High Schools and Pathways Recognition Awards 2019 2 weeks ago

    Outstanding graduating students each received a laptop, a printer and a bag packed with school supplies, plus a certificates, at the Bronx High Schools District and Pathways to Graduation Recognition Awards on June 20 at the UFT Bronx borough office.

  • On the Record with Michael Mulgrew - Episode 14 "50th annual Albert Shanker College Scholarships" 2 weeks ago

    Aspiring doctors, lawyers, scientists and teachers were among the more than 180 students from New York City public high schools who received UFT college scholarships at the 50th Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards celebration this year. With special guest speaker New York State Attorney General Letitia James giving words of guidance, the students celebrated this pivotal moment in their lives as they prepared to embark for college.

  • What you need to know about transferring schools 2 weeks ago

    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. 

  • Your prescription drug plan 2 weeks ago

    All eligible in-service UFT members and their dependents have prescription drug coverage through the UFT Welfare Fund. There are no waiting periods for this coverage. Learn more about this valuable benefit.

  • Special complaints 2 weeks ago

    You do not have to — nor should you — tolerate such harassment or acts of intimidation. A special complaint process was expanded in the 1990s to protect UFT members from harassment or intimidation by their supervisors.

  • Protecting yourself from bloodborne diseases, Part 1 2 weeks ago

    Accidents, playground scrapes, bloody noses, fights, athletic injuries and violent episodes all have the potential for exposing you to a 

  • Absences for pedagogues 2 weeks ago

    Teachers and other pedagogues are credited with one day of “sick leave” on the 16th of each month of the school year, or 10 days for a full school year of work.

  • Injury in the Line of Duty 2 weeks ago

    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.

  • Instructional materials and class size 2 weeks ago

    As we enter a new school year, teachers should be aware of the rights of their students to instructional materials and reasonable class sizes.

  • Grievances 2 weeks ago

    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.

  • Absences and leaves for paraprofessionals 2 weeks ago

    If you are a paraprofessional, have you ever wondered what your rights are in terms of leave time and absence from work? You earn one sick leave day for every month in which you are in service for at least 16 calendar days. The maximum number of sick leave days earnable in a school year is 10 for September through June.

  • Salary 2 weeks ago

    UFT-represented employees receive regular pay increases negotiated in each Department of Education-UFT contract as well as differentials, step payments and longevity increases based on level of education and years of service. 

  • Programs and professional activities 2 weeks ago

    The UFT-DOE contract’s provisions regarding teaching programs and professional activity assignments give teachers a voice while providing for a fair and objective selection process.

  • Testimony regarding teacher preparation and training 2 weeks ago

    Christina Collins, the director of research and policy at the UFT Teacher Center, testified on behalf of UFT Vice President for Education Evelyn DeJesus before the New York City Council Joint Hearing of the Committees on Education and Higher Education regarding teacher preparation and training.

  • Child care, medical and Rx costs 2 weeks ago

    Do you spend a lot out of pocket on child care or medical expenses? You may be able to save hundreds of dollars a year in taxes by enrolling in the city’s Flexible Spending Accounts Program.

  • Prescription drugs, Part 2 2 weeks ago

    Read on for some advice on how best to maximize your prescription drug benefit, whether you’re at a doctor’s visit or the pharmacy, or determining how best to order your maintenance medications.

  • Member Assistance Program 2 weeks ago

    At one time or another, we all experience challenges in our personal or professional lives. MAP provides trained, professional counselors who can guide in-service members through short-term counseling, at no cost.

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