Chapter Leader Update, October 20th, 2017

This Week’s Focus

Call members to remind them to vote NO on the constitutional convention

On Nov. 7, New York State voters will vote on a ballot referendum proposing a constitutional convention to amend the state’s constitution. It’s up to us to make sure they understand why it’s important to vote NO on Proposal 1. We know this is a fight you will want to be part of. We are making calls to members to alert them about the importance of voting NO on Nov. 7. Every UFT borough office is holding phone banks Monday through Thursday in the afternoon between now and Election Day. Volunteers will be calling fellow members to remind them to flip their ballots and vote NO on Proposal 1 on Election Day. Each sign-up form lists the dates and times for that borough office. Please sign up now to volunteer for phone banks in Brooklyn, the BronxManhattanQueens and Staten Island. If New York voters approve a convention, it will open up the entire New York State constitution for revision. A constitutional convention would put pensions in danger. Civil rights enshrined in our state constitution — in some cases stronger than those guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution — would also be at risk. Please help us spread the word!

Make sure all new educators have joined the UFT!

Some of your newest school staffers may not yet be enrolled as members of the UFT. With the looming threat of the anti-union Janus case, we need to sign up all new teachers and other employees in the UFT bargaining unit as quickly as possible; some new hires may not even be aware that they are not UFT members. To make the task easier, we have created a new agency-fee payer report for you as chapter leader to find out at a glance who is and who is not a union member in your school. (It’s housed in the chapter leader section, so you must be a chapter leader and logged in to access it.) Please encourage these staffers, known as “agency-fee payers,” to join. They can sign up online at www.uft.org/join-the-union. As members, they will have access to valuable benefits and have a voice in their professional life that nonmembers don’t have. They can participate in money-saving group insurance plans and low-cost legal and financial service plans and they can get discounts on travel, entertainment and sports events. Only members can vote in union elections and take part in the contract ratification. Together, we are union proud!

Important clarity on Other Professional Work time

The Department of Education has clarified to principals the use of Other Professional Work (OPW) time as a result of the resolution of an arbitration case the UFT pursued on behalf of members in a particular school where the principal was dictating on a regular basis how teachers and paras had to use the time. The DOE has sent the following clarification to all principals in the Principals’ Weekly: “Please be aware that Other Professional Work that is done during time designated in the Teachers’ and Paraprofessionals’ Collective Bargaining Agreements for Other Professional Work should be self-directed by the teacher or paraprofessional from the menu of Activities set forth in Article 6 and Article 4B respectively. On an as-needed basis principals can direct teachers or paraprofessionals to activities on the contractual list but as per the contract this direction cannot be done on a regular basis and must be the exception rather than the rule.” If the principal is not following these guidelines, file the online paperwork reduction form (OPW issues are now handled through this form) and speak with your principal — show a copy of the above DOE guidance at that meeting. Although a copy of the form you fill out is automatically sent to your district representative, we suggest you reach out to your district rep to discuss OPW issues at your school as well. For more information, see the OPW Stipulation of Agreement.

Thanks for participating in Making Strides and wearing pink to school on Wednesday

With the encouragement and support of chapter leaders, thousands of UFT members participated in the annual Making Strides against Breast Cancer walks on Sunday and came to school on Wednesday in pink apparel, all to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness about this devastating disease. Read our feature story about the Making Strides walks and view our Making Strides photo gallery on the UFT website and the Making Strides album on Facebook. We want to thank all of you who submitted photos from your pink day on Oct. 18 and used the hashtag #uftgopink when posting your own photos on social media. Scores of schools submitted pictures of members decked out in pink T-shirts, wigs, scarves, ties and more. You can see our #UFTGoPink photos on Facebook. You can also check out our Go Pink photo gallery on the UFT website. You can also see photos from both events on Instagram.

Homework help is at hand with Dial-A-Teacher

The phones at Dial-A-Teacher, the UFT’s long-running homework help line, have started ringing again this school year. And once again the staff at the Dial-A-Teacher hotline — 212-777-3380 — will bring help and encouragement to students and parents struggling with homework assignments from 4 to 7 p.m. every Monday to Thursday when school is in session. Dial-A-Teacher fielded more than 62,000 calls during the 2016–17 school year. Dial-A-Teacher staffers are licensed classroom teachers who are qualified and experienced in all subject areas. They can handle questions in 10 languages: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog. Dial-A-Teacher began as a pilot program in 17 elementary schools in 1980 with a staff of five and went citywide in 1986. Today, 37 years later and fully computerized, teachers can communicate online with students at all levels and download their assignments so they can better guide them as the students work through challenges. You can download and print the Dial-a-Teacher flier. The poster is also available in Spanish. For more information about Dial-A-Teacher, read the article on the UFT website.

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Your Chapter Leader Checklist

  • New Maintain an up-to-date UFT bulletin board: Do you have a UFT bulletin board in your school? It’s your contractual right. The UFT bulletin board is a good place to hang information regarding health benefits, helpful UFT phone numbers and fliers for upcoming events such as the Middle School Division’s new coat drive and Teacher Union Day in November. Make sure the union is always visible in your school. Check out thesephotos of UFT bulletin boards in schools across the city. Have a union bulletin board you are proud of? Send a photo of it to uftphotos@gmail.com.
  • Work with your DR on class-size problems: In our continuing effort to resolve all oversize classes, we are asking chapter leaders to reach out to their district representative about two class-size-related issues. First, please notify your DR if your class-size overages have been resolved. We are also asking that you contact your DR if your school has any oversize class issues that can be resolved but have not been. For example, if equalizing registers would bring classes in a particular grade into compliance but that has not happened, let your DR know this. If there are enough students over the contractual limit to equal at least half the number of students in a class at the class-size limit and there is space in your school but an additional class has not been formed, tell your DR this as well. Working with your DR, there may be other ways besides the arbitration process to resolve class-size overages in your school.
  • Looking for an old item in the Chapter Leader Update? There is an archive of prior Chapter Leader Updates in the chapter leader section (you must be logged in to access it) of the UFT website. We won’t be repeating old items as often in an effort to keep the Update shorter.
  • Use our school consultation committee summary tool to stay on track: Principals are required to meet with their school’s UFT consultation committee once a month, according to Article 19, Section H3 of the UFT-DOE contract. As you prepare to hold your first meeting with your principal, we wanted to let you know about a new resource we’ve created to help you stay on track and to ensure that your district representative can support you as effectively as possible. You can fill out the UFT’s new online Consultation Summary Form  (you must be logged in to the UFT website) to report resolved and unresolved issues at your school to your UFT district rep. When you fill out the form, you will be emailed a summary of your school consultation committee meeting that you can share with members of your chapter. The form also lists possible topics for discussion, which may be useful to you when creating your meeting agenda. Your district rep will receive a copy of each summary form you submit. Your district rep, after checking with you, may add your school’s unresolved issues to the agenda for his or her consultation meeting with your school district’s superintendent. Reach out to your district representative if you need help forming a UFT consultation committee at your school or if you are encountering any issues with consultation, including a principal’s refusal to meet with your committee.
  • Register for Chapter Leader Training, Part 1: Chapter Leader Training, Part 1, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, and Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, New York. This training is open to new chapter leaders as well as any chapter leaders who have not attended the training in five years or more. We recommend that you attend all three sessions, but each session can be attended independently. The registration deadline has been extended but rooms are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register online. For more information, call 212-598-7747 or email cltraining@uft.org.
  • Donate new coats or winter clothing for homeless students: Help take the chill out of winter for homeless children in our city’s schools by donating new winter gear in the fourth annual clothing drive organized by the UFT Middle School Division. The UFT is asking chapter leaders to organize a clothing drive in their schools to collect new winter coats and accessories, such as sweaters, scarves, mittens, gloves and hats. We can only accept new articles of clothing. The garments may range in size from toddler to adult. Chapter leaders can bring donations to the Nov. 18 Delegate Assembly or drop off donations at a UFT borough office or at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 14th floor. For questions, contact Mika Charles at MCharles@uft.org. For more information, see the How About Some Giving on Thanksgiving? flier.

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How about some giving on Thanksgiving? flier

Wolf in sheep’s clothing poster about constitutional convention


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Your Guide to the Teacher Development and Evaluation System
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You Should Know

Certification

LearnUFT offers CTLE courses: During the five-year period starting on July 1, 2016, professionally certified teachers and Level III certified paraprofessionals are required to collect a total of 100 professional development hours. You now have to keep your own records. As a state-approved provider of CTLE hours, the UFT has launched LearnUFT, which is offering low-cost professional learning opportunities specifically designed to meet our members’ needs. The UFT will also do the recordkeeping for you of courses you take through LearnUFT, a service no one else is providing. Go to LearnUFT on the UFT website to find out more about our elementary, middle school and high school work sessions, our work sessions for paraprofessionals, the learning opportunities for new teachers and other CTLE offerings at UFT headquarters and our five borough offices.

Community Service

Take action Make a donation to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: With the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands still dire in the aftermath of hurricanes, we continue to collect donations by credit card or check to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have also established locations to drop off emergency supplies to help Puerto Rico. These are the critically needed items that are being collected: batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, diapers, baby wipes, baby food and feminine hygiene products. All items must be unopened and packaged. New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at selected locations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. See the list of drop-off locations.

English Language Learners

Use the UFT’s English language learner complaint form to advocate for your ELL students: The union’s English language learners complaint form is an important tool for UFT members to advocate for their English language learner students to ensure they receive the services and supports they need to succeed. You can use this form to tell us why you feel parents’ rights are not being respected or students are not receiving required educational services, especially those services required under Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154. We also want to know if educators are receiving appropriate and sufficient professional development to help serve English language learners. We ask for identifying information on this form so a UFT liaison can follow up to verify the information directly with you, but this is a confidential complaint process. We will not share your name or any information with administrative, supervisory or managerial staff in the Department of Education without your consent. Find more helpful information to support your ELL students in the English language learners section of the UFT website.

Evaluation

Initial Planning Conference for teachers should take place by Oct. 27: You should meet with your supervisor (evaluator) no later than Oct. 27 to discuss your approach to instruction and your professional contributions to the school community. To prepare for this meeting, you should 1) review your overall rating from 2016–17 and be prepared to discuss specific areas of your teaching with your supervisor; 2) develop a working knowledge of the students in your classes including the need for any differentiation; and 3) decide your preferred observation model and whether you want to be videotaped for your evaluation.

Consult the UFT’s new guide to teacher evaluation: We know that teachers, both veteran and those new to the profession, sometimes have start-of-year questions about teacher evaluation. That’s why we created a new guide. Your Guide to the Teacher Development and Evaluation System  explains the multiple-measure system the UFT negotiated with the DOE that allows for a holistic assessment of a teacher’s contribution to the progress students make. This comprehensive resource takes you through the timelines and the steps teachers need to take to start the year off right. It provides definitions for the commonly used terms and tips to prepare teachers throughout the school year. For further useful information, read the Know Your Rights column on evaluation in the New York Teacher  and see the teacher evaluation section of the UFT website.

Health and Safety

New Election Day PD opportunity for chapter leaders, deans and Building Response Team members: Chapter leaders, school deans and Building Response Team members are invited to a citywide symposium on school safety presented by the DOE in conjunction with the UFT and NYPD on Election Day, Nov. 7. This event will be held at the Grand Street Campus, 850 Grand St., Brooklyn, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The training will feature breakout sessions on topics such as crisis response, emergency readiness, gangs, occurrence reporting, cyberbullying, Vision Zero, substance abuse as well as other topics of interest facilitated by experts in the field. The general session will be conducted by the NYPD and will review security and school safety. Participants must get permission from their principal and register online by Nov. 2. You should register quickly as seating is limited.

Herb and dietary supplement safety seminar: Members are invited to attend “Herb and Dietary Supplement Safety,” a seminar on alternative health modalities presented by the UFT Welfare Fund Medical Learning Series. Speaker Gary Deng, M.D., Ph.D., a physician-scientist with the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, will discuss the proper use of herbs and dietary supplements and how you can experience potential benefits while avoiding harm. This event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 9, at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 3rd floor, room 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To register, call Christine Jittan at 212-539-0667. For a full list of events, see the 2017 Welfare Fund medical learning series flier.

Air-quality study for elementary schools: Elementary schools can participate in a study conducted by the CUNY School of Public Health to investigate the association between indoor air quality and teachers’ health. The study, which has been approved by the DOE, will measure temperature, carbon dioxide level and relative humidity in 20 elementary schools. Classroom teachers in participating schools will be asked to keep a brief activity log and complete a short online questionnaire. The study is limited to teachers of 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. You will need your principal’s permission to participate in the study. The application deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 31. For more information and to apply, see the Air Quality Monitoring Study flier.

Attend a sustainability coordinator training session: All UFT members are invited to attend a sustainability coordinator training session to learn how to develop and implement sustainability initiatives in their schools. As a sustainability coordinator, you are the first line of action in your school. Participants can receive CTLE hours for attending a training session. Here is the full training schedule. You can register online using this registration form.

New Teachers

New member meet-and-greets: We want new teachers to know that the UFT is here to support them. Teachers with one to three years on the job are encouraged to attend a new member meet-and-greet with UFT President Michael Mulgrew. These meetings are taking place in every borough this fall. Register online for the Staten Island event on Thursday, Oct. 26; the Bronx event on Thursday, Nov. 2; and the Manhattan meet-and-greet on Thursday, Nov. 9.

New teacher support and information groups:  The UFT Member Assistance Program and the UFT Teacher Center invite new teachers to attend a series of professional learning opportunities. New teachers will gain knowledge about our union, our benefits and our profession. They will meet their peers through a supportive network. These groups are intended for members with one to three years of service. All meetings will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway on the 19th floor. Refreshments will be served. Members can view the session topics and register online on the UFT website. Two CTLE hours will be available for five of the seven sessions, so carefully review the registration information. Space is limited, with each session capped at 50 members, so new teachers should register as soon as possible to secure a spot. See the Member Assistance Program Fall 2017 New Teacher Sessions flier for more information.

Opportunities

New United Nations seminar on Anne Frank for high school students: Educators of students age 15 and older are invited to attend “From Desperation to Inspiration: The Anne Frank Diary,” a two-hour event to remember the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom and mark the 70th anniversary of the publication of “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.” The event, whose presenters include the United Nations Outreach Program and the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at United Nations headquarters. Students will learn about Anne Frank’s life during the Holocaust, her family’s struggle to find safe haven as refugees and how she created a diary that lives on as a legacy and inspiration for young people today. For more information, see the United Nations event invitationRegister online.

New World AIDS Day high school poster contest: Grades 9-12 students are encouraged to participate in a poster contest to bring awareness of HIV in New York, to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS. Winners will receive gift certificates of $500, $300 and $100. Entries must be an original poster commemorating World AIDS Day using any combination of line illustrations, paintings of different mediums or produced graphically via InDesign, PhotoShop and/or Illustrator. Posters must be submitted to teamhspostercontest@gmail.com. The submission deadline is Wednesday, Nov. 6. For more details, read the World AIDS Day student poster contest ruleson the UFT website.

Join the UFT Pride committee: The UFT’s LGBT committee has been relaunched as the UFT Pride committee. All members are invited to join the committee, which focuses on issues such as tolerance and diversity in the workplace and the new DOE guidelines for transgender and gender nonconforming students as well as larger issues that face the LGBT community. Pride committee events will be listed under Professional Committees.

Scholarships for labor studies: UFT members who are interested in pursuing labor studies at the Murphy Institute of the City University of New York are invited to apply for a Diversity Scholarship to promote diversity and excellence in union leadership and in labor studies. Recipients of this scholarship will receive up to $30,000. See the CUNY website for details about the Murphy Institute or read about the Diversity Scholarship. To learn more about the institute’s graduate-level labor studies programs, UFT members are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, Nov. 9, or Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. To register for an information session, contact Laurie Kellogg at 212-642-2055 or at Laurie.Kellogg@cuny.edu.

Our Functional Chapters


2017 outstanding paraprofessional awards:
 You are invited to nominate a paraprofessional who has made outstanding contributions to the school, community and union. These activities can include community involvement in church or youth groups, volunteer work or any union-related activities such as phone banks, rallies or political action. Any UFT member can submit a nomination; however, paraprofessionals cannot nominate themselves. The nomination deadline is Thursday, Nov. 16. For more information and to submit a nomination, see the online nomination form.

Political Action

Take action Make a donation to help Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: With the situation in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands still dire in the aftermath of hurricanes, we continue to collect donations by credit card or check to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have also established locations to drop off emergency supplies to help Puerto Rico. These are the critically need items that are being collected: batteries, flashlights, first aid supplies, diapers, baby wipes, baby food and feminine hygiene products. All items must be unopened and packaged. New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at selected locations between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. See the list of drop-off locations.

Take actionJoin the March for Climate Justice on Oct. 28: Join others from a coalition of labor and environmental groups to march on Saturday, Oct. 28, to demonstrate a commitment to building a better, environmentally healthy future. Participants will rally and march to call on New York’s elected officials to champion bold and immediate climate action, including a stronger commitment to renewable energy. There will be a rally at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn at 11 a.m. followed by a march starting at 12:30 p.m. over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan. The march will terminate at the Alfred E. Smith Houses on the Lower East Side for speakers and music. For more information and to sign up, go to the March for Climate Justice website.

Pick up car magnets, lawn signs or buttons to fight constitutional convention: We need to spread the word far and wide about the dangers of a constitutional convention and the importance of casting a NO vote on Nov. 7. UFT borough offices are being restocked with more Vote NO car magnets, lawn signs and buttons. Call first to be sure the item you want is available.

Text messages from the UFT: Text messages are a powerful way for the union to communicate with members about weather emergencies/school cancellations, political campaigns and other important news and events. If you aren’t already receiving text messages from the UFT, please text “UFT” to 30644 or use our online signup form.

Follow UFT divisions and departments on Twitter: The UFT is on Twitter at @UFT. But did you know various UFT divisions and departments are also on Twitter? To get the latest news and information, you can follow the UFT elementary schools division @UFT_Elementary; the UFT middle schools division @UFTMS_Division; the UFT high schools division @UFTTeamHS; the UFT Bronx borough office @BBOUFT; the UFT Brooklyn borough office @UFT_BKOffice; the UFT Manhattan borough office @UFT_MBO; the UFT Staten Island borough office @SI_UFT; the UFT’s special education department at @UFTSPEDVP; the UFT safety & health department at @UFTSafety; the UFT Paraprofessionals Chapter @UFTParas ; representatives from UFT District 75 @D75uft; the New York City Community Learning Schools team at @NYCCLS and the UFT Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff at @UFTACTS.

Recognition

Register now and support fellow members as they receive #PublicSchoolProud awards at Teacher Union Day: We hope all members will join us this year as we celebrate the incredible work of UFT members at the union’s annual Teacher Union Day awards ceremony and reception on Sunday, Nov. 5, at the New York Hilton. This year’s event will honor chapters, members or school districts that embraced the union’s #PublicSchoolProud campaign and made it their own by sharing photos and videos on social media, hosting events and engaging in activities that showcase the work of New York City public school students and educators. Teacher Union Day includes breakfast, the awards ceremony and a reception at a cost of $50 per person. To register, fill out the online registration form and mail in a copy with your payment. Learn more about the Teacher Union Day awards on the UFT website. The deadline has been extended to Friday, Oct. 27. Let’s celebrate and publicize the hard work we do to keep the union strong.

Salary and Personnel

DOE parking permits effective Nov. 1: Members in schools with approved DOE parking spots who were issued temporary parking permits last spring should have renewed their parking permits through the DOE’s self-service portal by Thursday, Oct. 12. The new permit takes effect on Nov. 1, which is when the current temporary permits expire. The DOE will continue to accept renewal applications, but there is no guarantee that the permits will arrive by Nov. 1.

Apply for a spring 2018 study sabbatical by Oct. 24: Eligible teachers who want to study to enhance their teaching skills may request a study sabbatical leave for the spring 2018 semester. For study sabbaticals, coursework must be rigorous and related to your teaching assignment. The DOE’s deadline to apply for a sabbatical is Tuesday, Oct. 24. See the DOE personnel memorandum for sabbatical deadlines and guidelines. All applications must be submitted on the DOE’s Self-Service Online Leave Application Service (SOLAS). See the UFT website’s sabbaticals section for more information about sabbatical leaves.

Lump-sum payments in October paychecks: In-service teachers, other pedagogues and paraprofessionals received their lump-sum payment as part of the Oct. 16 paycheck. For nurses, therapists and other members who are paid on the H-Bank payroll, the lump-sum money will be in the Oct. 20 check. Per-diem and per-session payments will be issued on Nov. 2. If a member is on leave this October, the member will receive the payment on the date of the next scheduled payment when the member is back on payroll. Newer members also will be receiving a lump-sum payment since the 8 percent rate increase all members should have received is being phased in. TDAs will be updated, along with all other payroll contributions and deductions. See this handy pay chart to learn more about the salary increases and lump-sum payments you will receive as a result of the 2014 UFT–DOE contract.

Special Education

Weigh in on the new special education manual: The DOE has revised its Special Education Operating Procedures Manual (on the DOE Employee Intranet). Up-to-date information about the DOE’s policies and procedures regarding special education is finally available in one place. Check out the “new and notable” page at the beginning of the manual to find out about its major changes. The new manual is a “living” document that can be updated as needed, and the DOE is open to working with the UFT to get this document right, both in terms of its usability and its content. If you work with students with disabilities, please let us know what you think about the new format or if you have any questions or concerns. Please use this online form to provide feedback on the manual. We will bring your comments to the DOE’s attention.

Teaching and Learning

New Lessons on baseball: The AFT’s Share My Lesson website has lessons that provide teachable moments about baseball. Mo’No Davis and Gender Stereotypes provides an opportunity for elementary-level students to learn more about the first girl to ever pitch a shutout in the Little League World series. In Mapping Baseball, middle school students chart the development of major league baseball teams as the U.S. population and markets shifted in the post-World War II era. High school students can learn about velocity, force and aerodynamics with The Physics of Baseball. You can find more lessons and webinars on the Share My Lesson website.
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This Week in Education and Labor News

DeVos sued over delay of for-profit college rules: Attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia on Oct. 17 filed a lawsuit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, accusing her of illegally delaying enforcement of an Obama-era regulation meant to cut off funding to low-performing for-profit colleges, reports Politico. The lawsuit argues that DeVos violated federal law by stalling and failing to enforce “gainful employment” regulations that withheld federal funding to for-profit career college programs that saddle graduates with high levels of debt relative to their income.

California firefighters earn minimum wage: Entry-level first responders employed by the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire, earned just $10.50 an hour — the state’s minimum wage — for battling recent wildfires in Northern California, reports Time.com. The entry-level firefighters, who make up 20 percent of Cal Fire’s 8,000 employees, work alongside counterparts from local and federal agencies who make more money per hour and work fewer hours each week. Mike Lopez, the president of Cal Fire’s Union Local 2881, said, “It becomes a mindset in the firefighter that you’re not treated comparably to all the other firefighters.” Under a contract ratified last year, entry-level wages will rise to $15 per hour by 2022.

Kentucky lawmakers float private-retirement plan: Kentucky’s Republican leaders on Oct. 18 announced a plan to replace the state’s underfunded public pension with a private 401(k)-style system, reports the Philly Inquirer. While the plan spares the state’s more than 166,000 current retirees from reductions in their pension checks, the fund is at least $33 billion short of the money required to pay those retirement benefits over the next 30 years. The privatization plan, opposed by state Democrats, would cap benefits for most current employees, including public school teachers.

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Events Calendar

Featured Events

Sunday, Nov. 5: Join us as we honor UFT leaders past and present at Teacher Union Day at the New York Hilton Midtown. Register online. For more details, see the item in Recognition.

This Week

Saturday, Oct. 21: All members are invited to a full-day workshop, “Anne Curley’s Celebration of Life,” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 8th floor. There will be a morning and an afternoon class. Each class is $15 for CTLE credits and $10 for non-CTLE registration. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and there will also be raffle prizes. If you have any questions, call the UFT Teacher Center at 212-475-3737. For more information and to register online, see the Anne Curley’s Celebration of life flier.

Saturday, Oct. 21: Manhattan parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists are invited to the UFT Manhattan Parent Conference. This event will take place from
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. There will be workshops, networking, a scholarship fair and giveaways. Register online or by printing, filling out, and mailing or faxing the brochure. Participants can download the registration brochure in Spanish or Mandarin. For more information see the UFT Manhattan Parent Conference flier. The flier is also available in Spanish and Mandarin.

Saturday, Oct. 21: Staten Island parents, grandparents, guardians and education activists are invited to the UFT Staten Island Parent Conference. This event will take place from
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at New Dorp High School, 465 New Dorp Lane. There will be workshops, food and the chance to network with fellow parents. Register online or by downloading the Staten Island Parent Conference flier. The flier is also available in Spanish.

Monday, Oct. 23-Thursday, Oct. 26: All members are invited to attend the UFT Manhattan borough office’s phone banking drive from 4 to 7 p.m. at 52 Broadway, 10th floor. Dinner will be served. For more information, call Briget Rein at 212-598-6800 or email her at BRein@uft.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Bronx-based probationary members are invited to a financial wellness workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the UFT Bronx borough office, 2500 Halsey St. Participants will learn how much to save for retirement, how the pension plan works and about other important financial issues. Register online.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Teachers and paraprofessionals are invited to “Creating a Classroom Team: Paraprofessional and Teacher Working Together,” a workshop designed to show teachers and paraprofessionals how to collaborate to use best practices and to draw on each other’s knowledge and expertise to create a successful classroom environment. This event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway. Register online.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: The laboratory specialists chapter meeting will take place beginning at 4 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: The school nurse general membership meeting will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room D/E. The guest speaker will be Glen Lopez of UFT Political Action.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: The speech executive board and general membership meetingwill take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 19th floor, room B/C. The agenda will be announced.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: The monthly meeting of the admin education officers/education analysts and education officers/education analysts chapter will take place from
5:30 to 7 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 50 Broadway, 2nd floor.

Wednesday, Oct. 25: Queens-based parents are invited to attend “Relationships and Communication,” the first of a nine-part series titled Hey There Beautiful, Inc. to support parents and develop techniques to advocate for children. This event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 8th floor. Child care and refreshments will be provided. Participants should RSVP by email to Karen Hernandez at khernandez2@uft.org  with their name, phone number, address and how many children they will be bringing. For more information, see the Relationships and Communications workshop flier.

Thursday, Oct. 26: Probationary District 29 teachers are invited to a tenure workshop to learn about the tenure process. This event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium at P.S./I.S. 208, 74-30 Commonwealth Blvd., Bellerose, NY. Registration has closed. For more information, see the District 29 Tenure Workshop flier.

Thursday, Oct. 26: Paraprofessionals are invited to “Communication That Enhances Professional Collaboration,” a workshop in which participants will examine their own communication preferences and how they influence their interactions with colleagues. There is a non-refundable fee of $10 for non-CTLE credit attendees and a fee of $15 for CTLE credits. This event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 8th floor. Registration has closed. For more information, see the Communication that Enhances Professional Collaboration flier. Registration link is to the Brooklyn office.

Save the date

Tuesday, Nov. 7: Election Day. Vote No on the constitutional convention. Visit the UFT website for the list of UFT-endorsed candidates.

For more events, go to uft.org/calendar.

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