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Teachers Assigned Chapter Newsletter - Fall 2015

I am honored and excited to serve as your newly elected chapter leader, and I look forward to representing you. Your voices need to be heard! Your delegates and I look forward to working with each and every one of you.

I will soon be sending you a brief survey to help us to tailor projects, workshops and meetings to your specific needs. You should receive it later this month. Rest assured: The information you provide will remain confidential.

I am available should you need information or assistance, and so is the UFT staff. Please email me at

Thank you for your dedication to your profession and your union.


Shelia Laval-Friedman
Teachers Assigned Chapter Leader

New teachers assigned postings

I want to make sure you know about teacher assigned vacancies posted by the Department of Education for the 2015–16 school year. If you have any questions regarding these postings, please contact me at, or call the UFT Manhattan borough office at 212-598-6800.

See the teacher assigned openings and how to apply »

Go directly to the login page for the DOE’s online application system »

Breast cancer awareness month

CLS lobby day 2015

Victim support coordinators from the five boroughs went “pink” as part of the UFT’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Oct. 14. From left, Diane Yodice – Queens; Jeffrey Povalitis  Director of Safety & Health; Katrina Foye  Brooklyn; Roseanne Alkhatib  Staten Island; Shelia L. Friedman Manhattan; and Susan Perez-Gonzales – Bronx.

I want to thank all of you who wore pink to school on Oct. 14 to raise awareness about this important health issue. UFT President Michael Mulgrew was a leader in the effort citywide. I was happy to join members of our Victim Support Program team in wearing pink to demonstrate our commitment in the fight against breast cancer. I hope to see more of our chapter's members “go pink” next year.

NYSUT calendars

You should have received by mail your NYSUT calendar for 2015. Please use it as a reference for important dates, contact information and resources that are available to you through the union. Don't have one yet? Please contact me at

Our chapter website

Please take a moment to visit the Teachers Assigned section on the UFT website. Bookmark it and check back frequently for events, news and important information about our chapter and union. If you know of any additional resources that are important to our work, please let me know and I can add them to our section.

Please also make sure that you familiarize yourself with Article 11 of our teachers’ contract, which outlines rates of pay and working conditions for teachers assigned. UFT members must be logged in to view the contract. Not yet signed up on the website?

Sign up on now »

If your colleagues haven’t received this newsletter, please encourage them to sign up on the website. Email is now the primary way we get out urgent information to members, so it’s vital that everyone is on board.

Sign up for text messages

The UFT has launched a new text messaging system to deliver information quickly, such as to alert you about weather emergencies, school cancellations, political campaigns and other important news and events. UFT text messages are only occasional. Most messages will still be sent by email.

To sign up to receive UFT text messages, text “UFT” to 30644 from your mobile phone or fill out this form online.

Join the union

Union members have access to valuable benefits such as money-saving group insurance plans and low-cost legal and financial service plans. You’ll also have a voice in your professional life, which non-members don’t have, because you can vote in union elections and help choose the UFT’s leadership team in your school, in this chapter and citywide.

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