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The UFT, which represents approximately 185,000 members, is the sole bargaining agent for most of the non-supervisory educators who work in the New York City public schools. We represent approximately 75,000 teachers and 19,000 classroom paraprofessionals, along with school secretaries, attendance teachers, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, adult education teachers, administrative law judges, nurses, laboratory technicians, speech therapists, and 64,000 retired members. We also represent teachers and other employees at a number of private educational institutions and some charter schools.
The Federation of Nurses/UFT represents some 2,800 registered nurses of the New York City Visiting Nurse Service and several private New York City hospitals and health care institutions.
More than 15,000 New York City family child care providers became the UFT’s newest members after a successful organizing drive that gained collective-bargaining rights in 2007. Their first contract was ratified in 2010.
UFT Governance Structure
The twelve officers, elected for three-year terms, are the president; six vice presidents selected at large (including one each from elementary, junior high/intermediate, academic high and career and technical high schools, special education and non-DOE members); secretary and assistant secretary; treasurer and assistant treasurer. The union has an office in each borough and fields a borough representative for each borough and a district representative for each community school district, high school district and District 75.
Each school has a chapter leader elected by the members of that school. In addition, there are "functional chapters" to represent non-teacher members, each with a chapter leader elected citywide.
The UFT has three governing bodies. The 3,400-member Delegate Assembly is the union's legislature, with elected representatives from every school. The 102-member elected Executive Board sets policy on a variety of education, labor and union issues. The Administrative Committee, composed of the eleven officers, borough representatives and selected department heads, oversees day-to-day operations.
The UFT's central headquarters is located at 50/52 Broadway in Manhattan. There are also UFT offices in each of the five boroughs where members can go to get help with certification, licensing, salaries, grievances and pensions.
Each UFT borough office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, when school is in session. To better serve members, each office is open until 7 p.m. at least one day a week.
UFT Union Affiliations
The UFT was founded in 1960 as Local 2 of the now 1.4 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Our union is also affiliated with the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and a member of the AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council.