Luisa Ayala should have been thrilled to be pregnant with her second daughter in December 2016. But having given birth to her first child just over a year earlier, she found herself in a wrenching predicament.
The Department of Education’s current parental leave policy provides up to six weeks of leave, but new mothers must effectively pay for any days they take using the days in their Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR). Because Ayala, a paraprofessional at Pelham Academy of Academics and Community Engagement in the Bronx, used up most of her CAR days after her first pregnancy and felt she couldn’t afford to go unpaid, she returned to work just 10 days after her second daughter’s birth.
Two days later, she was admitted to the hospital with a deep vein thrombosis in her left leg and a pulmonary emb…
New Yorkers had their say, and they said no — resoundingly — to a state constitutional convention on Nov. 8. “The Vote NO campaign was a case study in how engaged and informed union members can mobilize to protect their rights and benefits,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
Strategies to help New York City’s public school children become socially and academically successful were the focus of the eighth annual UFT Parent Conferences held in each borough and the thousands who attended them in the fall.
President Trump’s nominee for the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel, Peter Robb, received U.S. Senate confirmation on Nov. 8. Robb is a labor lawyer with a long history of backing management against unions and workers.
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The UFT-Department of Education contract empowers us and helps ensure we have the resources, support and structures in place we need to provide a quality education to New York City public school students. These are just a few of the many rights you have because you have a strong union that can bargain and work on your behalf.
Negotiated pay increases
Lump-sum payments in 2015–20 for money owed
Salary differentials for credits earned beyond a bachelor’s degree
Salary steps based on time on the job for most titles
A guaranteed rate of pay for work beyond regular school hours
Extra pay for teachers when they are asked to cover a class more than once per term or teach an extra class
School secretaries can receive per-session pay…
Harvey Araton had never seen The New York Times until a high school English teacher had his class read it each day. Now, after more than 25 years as a sportswriter and columnist there, Araton's writing has earned him a place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Bennett Fischer, the chapter leader at PS 231 @ PS 54 in Brooklyn, seized on the UFT’s new protocol to confront redundant and excessive paperwork to address three big paperwork issues at his District 75 K–8 school.
It’s not often that Little Red Riding Hood gets together with Batman and Tinkerbell. But at the annual Character Day Parade at PS 165 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, anything can happen when students dress up as their favorite storybook characters on Halloween.
UFT paraprofessionals have challenging and rewarding jobs working as part of an educational team providing educational and support services to children. Here are some rights and responsibilities of paraprofessionals that paras should know.
Many people experience the “winter blues” in response to the change of seasons. Research over the past 30 years has identified this as a true medical condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.
UFT members spend their days nurturing and supporting other people’s children, yet the Department of Education’s current parental leave policy forces them to choose between their newborns and earning a paycheck that is critical to the wellbeing of their families.
The next challenge we face is the upcoming ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In the coming months, we’ll need all hands on deck to get the message out about the importance of union membership and the critical difference it makes in our standard of living.
Educators in the Bronx’s District 8 are embracing a new approach to gifted education. Known as the “schoolwide enrichment model,” it focuses not on classifying gifted individuals but rather on developing and nurturing gifted behaviors in all students.
When working on my doctoral degree in educational psychology, I embarked on a journey to explore the home-school connection for students with special needs, its challenges and the most effective ways to initiate it.
Early in the last century, when icebergs threatened North Atlantic sea lanes, a London newspaper suggested placing two or three members of the same political party who had different points of view on the icebergs so the heat of their vicious arguments could melt away the frozen shipping hazards.