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UFT functional chapters

Giving a voice to members with common concerns
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The Department of Education employs many types of educators and professionals who work with New York City public school students in a variety of ways, from providing occupational therapy to adapting computers for special needs children. Here is how the UFT represents them.

What is a functional chapter?

Functional chapters were formed to allow UFT members with common issues and concerns to have a voice. The common bond is the function of the job performed rather than a worksite or a school.

Many functional chapters have their own DOE-UFT contracts.

Who is represented?

The union has more than 37,000 members in its functional chapters, many of whom work in more than one location.

The Paraprofessionals Chapter is the largest of the functional chapters, with nearly 27,000 members.

Functional chapters represent all of the job titles in public schools listed on this page.

The UFT also represents NYPD-employed supervisors of school security and city-employed per-session hearing officers as well as workers in a number of private-sector and nonprofit bargaining units, which are referred to as functional chapters as well. They include the Adapt Community Network, the Block Institute, the bargaining units within the Federation of Nurses/UFT and the union’s Family Child Care Providers Chapter.

What is the role of the functional chapter leader?

Functional chapter leaders advocate for the common concerns of members of that chapter. They handle individual issues as well as citywide issues confronting members in their chapter.

School-based functional chapter members can receive support from both their school chapter leader and their functional chapter leader.

Functional chapter leaders serve three-year terms and are elected at the same time as school chapter leaders. The next election is in 2021.

Functional chapters have their own sections on the UFT website. If you aren’t receiving email from your functional chapter leader, please sign up for a website account.

Shelvy Young-Abrams

Shelvy Young-Abrams
Paraprofessionals

Rosemarie Thompson

Rosemarie Thompson
School Counselors

Doreen Berrios-Castillo

Doreen Berrios-Castillo
School Secretaries

Caroline Murphy

Caroline Murphy
Speech Improvement

Raul Garcia headshot

Raul Garcia
Social Workers and Psychologists

Denise Crawford

Denise Williams-Crawford
Administrative Education

Crystal Ogir - Headshot

Crystal Ogir
Supervisor of Nurses and Therapists

Thomas Ayrovainen - headshot

Thomas Ayrovainen
Occupational/Physical Therapists

Cynthia Bennett - headshot

Cynthia Bennett
School Nurses

Steve Grossman - headshot

Steve Grossman
Attendance Teachers

Emmanuel Duruaku - headshot

Emmanuel Duruaku
Home Instructors

Ardell J. Long-Temple

Ardell J. Long-Temple,
Education Officers and Analysts

Jennifer Czerwin - Headshot

Jennifer Czerwin
Nonpublic Schools

Raquel Sepulveda

Raquel Sepulveda,
Hearing Education Services

Sarah Tyson - headshot

Sarah Tyson
Adult Education

John Cooper - headshot

John Cooper
Hospital Schools

Naomi Rodriguez

Naomi Rodriguez
Teachers Assigned

Susan Kavanagh, Chapter Leader

Susan Kavanagh
Audiologists

Stephanie Feyne, Sign Language Interpreters Chapter Leader

Stephanie Feyne
Sign Language Interpreters

Nazario Gonzalez - headshot

Nazario Gonzalez
Re-Start Program

Vincent Pedulla

Vincent Pedulla
Vision Education Services

Alphonsus Obaji - Lab Specialists Chapter Leader

Alphonsus Obaji
Lab Specialists

Michael Friedman - headshot

Michael Friedman
Pathways to Graduation

Zamyra Abdel Hady - headshot

Zamyra Abdel Hady
LYFE Program

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