The Department of Education-UFT contract gives UFT-represented educators more voice at the school level to tackle workplace issues. Chapter leaders are empowered to raise and resolve a host of issues from paperwork reduction to issues concerning the professional development committee, basic instructional supplies, curriculum, space and workload for identified functional chapters, as well as safety issues.
Chapter leaders can bring issues to their principals in a one-on-one meeting, a consultation committee meeting or via email. Violations of the citywide standards unable to be resolved at the school level within two days may be escalated to the district level for resolution. If the issue is unable to be resolved at the district level, it can be escalated to the central committee for resolution.