united for change coalition
The BIG 5 UFT contract demands
We need a contract that we, and our families, can live and thrive on. Our working conditions are our students’ learning conditions.
Call to action
We need a true fair contract that we, our families and school communities can live and thrive on.Anything less means — we must vote ‘NO”!Pledge to stand by the Big 5 contract demands.Join thousands of UFT members, just like you.
FAIR PAY WITH RAISES WE DESERVE & PAY PARITY
We demand raises for all UFT members that match or outpace the skyrocketing cost of living in the NYC area. (A 3% or even 3.5% raise per year is not nearly enough.)Paraprofessionals should be paid a living wage. Occupational therapists and physical therapists, with entry level masters or doctoral requirements, should have pay parity with other educator titles.We should be receiving close to top pay much earlier in our careers.
IMPROVED PREMIUM-FREE, QUALITY HEALTHCARE
We demand that our choice and quality of existing healthcare plans be expanded and improved - not diminished or replaced with inferior options.If significant changes are proposed, they must be fully disclosed to us and put to a vote by members.Voting on such collective bargaining items is our right.See the healthcare referendum petition: http://hcpetition.educators.nyc
NEW CLASS SIZE CAP GUARANTEE
We demand that new NYS class size caps for grades K-12 be contractually guaranteed.We need enforceable mechanisms to ensure that the City follows the new law.
Real Teacher Autonomy, along with Reduced Caseloads
We demand an end to micromanaged professional periods and unproductive PDs. Teachers are the best judge of how to use our non-teaching time. Let us decide how to use it.The caseloads of IEP teachers, related service and guidance counselors must be contractually capped.
Improvements to Tenure, Evaluations, Paid Family Leave & Tier 6 Pensions
Tenure and pensions are under attack. Evaluations are out of control. Paid family leave is insufficient. The City must agree contractually to lobby the State for reforms and changes.We’ve made agreements like this in the past, and they’ve worked. It’s due time we do so again.
UNION PROUD. UNION STRONG.
Anything less means — we must vote "no".
A people-powered, grassroots movement of rank and file UFT members has come together to tell the City, the mayor, the DOE and those who are responsible for representing us to say — enough is ENOUGH.We need a fair contract that truly meets our needs, our families’ needs and the needs of our school communities.We are UNITED FOR CHANGE.
MAKE THE BIG 5 CONTRACT PLEDGE
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