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Updates on COVID-19 Policies for School Counselors - January 2022

The following email was sent from School Counselors Chapter Leader Rosemarie Thompson to all school counselors on Monday, Jan. 10.

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Union wins spring break 2020 fight

In a decision that UFT members have been waiting for since the early days of the pandemic, an independent arbitrator ruled on Jan. 5 that members will receive a vacation day — a brand-new type of day — for each day they worked during the 2020 spring break.

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Final safety update as schools reopen

We are determined to do everything in our power to keep our school communities safe when schools are open, and our work with the city and the DOE over the break has resulted in more expansive testing protocols and other new safety measures. Here are the final details that we were able to work out now that the new administration has taken office.

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The city’s new safety plans for schools

Last week we told the city to fix its safety system for schools that was undeniably broken before the break. Mayor de Blasio and Mayor-elect Adams held a press conference today announcing their new slogan for our schools — stay open, stay safe. That’s a great thing to say, but if we want to stay open and safe, the city has to do the work to make that happen.

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Staten Island Parent Newsletter - December 2021

This is the December 2021 issue of the Staten Island parent newsletter.

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Two UFT members win City Council elections

Two UFT members will sit on the New York City Council in January 2022: Rita Joseph and Eric Dinowitz. 

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Leo Gordon elected VP for CTE high schools

Leo Gordon, a New York City public school teacher for more than 26 years, has been elected the UFT’s vice president for career and technical education by the union’s Executive Board.


David C. Banks to be next chancellor

David C. Banks, the founder of the Eagle Academy boys’ public schools, was named by Mayor-elect Eric Adams on Dec. 9 to be the next schools chancellor of New York City.

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Automatic TRS pensions won for full-time paras

Decades of UFT advocacy bore fruit for the union’s paraprofessionals on Oct. 29 as a newly enacted state law guaranteed all UFT-represented full-time paraprofessionals — on the job now and in the future — will automatically become members of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). After they retire, TRS members receive a monthly pension for the rest of their lives.

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UFT helps reverse para shortage

A Herculean effort by the UFT helped turn the largest-ever shortage of New York City public school paraprofessionals into a record number of new paras joining the ranks.