This Week’s Focus
Lump-sum payment coming in October paycheck
Because you have a union that fights for you, all UFT members now on payroll who worked for the Department of Education between 2009 and 2017 are being compensated for the two 4 percent raises that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to members of some municipal unions in 2009 and 2010 but refused to give to public school educators and other city employees at the time. These members will receive a lump-sum payment of 12.5 percent of the money they are owed in their October paychecks. This payment comes on the heels of a 4.5 percent rate increase that all DOE-employed UFT members received this past May and in advance of a 5 percent rate increase coming in the spring of 2018. The 2017 lump-sum payment, which will be added to a regularly scheduled paycheck, is the second of five lump-sum payments between 2015 and 2020. For in-service teachers, other pedagogues and paraprofessionals, the money will be part of the Oct. 16 check. For nurses, therapists and other members who are paid on the H-Bank payroll, the 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. Even newer members will be receiving a lump-sum payment since the 8 percent rate increase all members should have received then is being phased in. TDAs will be updated, along with all other payroll contributions and deductions. See this handy pay chartto learn more about the salary increases and lump-sum payments you will receive as a result of the 2014 UFT-DOE contract. Read the New York Teacher article.
UFT’s first Chancellor’s Consultation meeting focuses on consultation process
The UFT leadership held its first Chancellor’s Consultation meeting of the year with Chancellor Carmen Fariña earlier in September. Most issues on the agenda each month come directly from members, who are reporting issues to their chapter leaders and district reps. At this initial meeting, the union’s primary focus was on the consultation process in schools and at the district level to ensure that the consultation process detailed in the DOE-UFT contract is not only in place, but used effectively. Let’s make sure that our rights are upheld and resolve issues as they come up. Putting things on the record is key to holding people accountable at every level. The only way we can solve workplace problems is if we know about them. Chapter leaders can now go online and enter notes about their consultations — not the minutes, but the topics that were discussed as well as what was resolved and what wasn’t. What’s more, district reps can now track those conversations and bring up unresolved school-level issues with superintendents.
Join us for the UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners
Registration is now open for ELLevating: The Second Annual UFT Conference on Effective Instruction for English Language Learners. The UFT hosts this conference so all educators can learn strategies to help English language learners reach their full potential. Participants can receive 4.5 Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. This year, participants will attend three workshops in the areas of academic support and achievement, advocacy and technical assistance. See the workshop descriptions. The conference will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, 2nd floor. Conference speakers include UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. The conference registration fee is $75 for teachers (CTLE certificate provided), $50 for paraprofessionals (CTLE certificate provided) and $40 for all non-CTLE registrants. The fee includes breakfast and lunch. Register online now to have the maximum chance of attending your top workshop selections. We anticipate seats will quickly fill up.
Register now for Teacher Union Day
On Teacher Union Day, we honor past leaders who inspired us and celebrate present leaders and activists who continue in their footsteps. We hope you and your colleagues 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. Arthur Pepper, the UFT Welfare Fund director, will receive the Charles Cogen Award, the highest honor the union gives to a member. Pepper has worked tirelessly to improve members’ health care benefits, including setting up the new MSK Direct program that gives UFT members and their families special access to specialists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The event includes breakfast, the awards ceremony and a reception at a cost of $50 per person. To register, fill out the online registration formand mail in a copy with your payment. Learn more about the Teacher Union Day awards on the UFT website. Let’s celebrate and publicize the hard work we do to keep the union strong.
Wear pink on Oct. 18 and join us in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk
Encourage your members to wear pink to school on Wednesday, Oct. 18, to build chapter unity and demonstrate their commitment to fighting breast cancer. Take photos of your members wearing pink and post them on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #UFTgopink. Please send your best one or two photos (large size, with captions) to firstname.lastname@example.org for our Facebook and website photo albums. Also, we want chapter leaders and delegates to wear pink at the Delegate Assembly that day. The New York Teacher will send its photographer to a few schools organizing a Go Pink Day. If a UFT photographer has not come to one of your schools before to take Go Pink photos, please send an email request to editor Joe LoVerde at email@example.com. This year, once again, chapter leaders are encouraged to organize a team to participate in one of the walks on Sunday, Oct. 15. If you need help completing the online signup process, contact Rachel Nobel on the UFT digital communications team at 212-598-7791 during office hours. We’ll be using #StridesUFT as our Twitter and Instagram hashtag on the day of the walk. Send your best photos from the walk that same day to firstname.lastname@example.org for UFT social media, the website and the New York Teacher.
Thank you for your donations to help hurricane victims
Thank you for your generous donations at the citywide chapter leader meeting on Wednesday to help hurricane victims. Chapter leaders donated more than $5,500 that day. With the situation in Puerto Rico still dire, we continue to collect donations by credit card or check to the UFT Disaster Relief Fund. Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have established locations to drop off emergency supplies to help Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. 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.
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