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Suicide prevention

Whatever the cause, suicide is a major public health concern and among the leading causes of death in the United States. As educators, our awareness of this issue is particularly important.

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Sabbatical leaves

UFT members who are teachers may apply for a sabbatical leave to enhance their teaching skills, restore their health if they are ill or achieve state certification in a shortage area.

School safety

School safety is a prerequisite for teaching and learning. Here are answers to some of the most common questions that school-based UFT members ask.

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Stop teacher burnout

Teaching can be an extraordinary career and a calling. But it can be very stressful. If you feel as though there are not enough hours in the day and your workload extends into nights, weekends and holidays, you are heading for burnout.

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Your pension: A valuable union benefit

Most members of the UFT are lucky to be among the minority of U.S. workers who still have a traditional defined-benefit pension that provides regular payments for life based on a formula that takes into account years of service, salary and age.

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Programs and professional activities

The UFT-DOE contract’s provisions regarding teaching programs and professional activity assignments give teachers a voice while providing for a fair and objective selection process.

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Talking with children about cancer

The UFT Welfare Fund has expanded its relationship with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) to offer New York City public school professionals access to Talking with Children about Cancer, a program designed to help adults communicate with children who have a loved one in their life with cancer.

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Social Security must be safeguarded

Social Security is not ONLY a retirement plan. It's the single most efficient, multi-faceted social insurance program ever developed in this nation. As an anti-poverty measure, nothing has been more effective. But it's been mischaracterized by its opponents.

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Environmental health and safety hazards

You have the right to work in a healthy and safe school building. The UFT’s Safety and Health Department can work with you and your school if you encounter environmental health and safety hazards.

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Tips for developing cultural competence

To do their jobs well, educators need to understand their students’ lives and cultures. This involves listening and asking questions with humility. Being open-minded and attentive to individual students and their circumstances are key to cultural competency.