As a UFT paraprofessional, you may be interested in the new contract that has been signed. The contract, which was signed by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the New York City Department of Education, will impact paraprofessionals in a number of ways.
One of the main changes in the new contract is an increase in pay for paraprofessionals. Starting in October 2020, paraprofessionals will receive a 3% salary increase. This increase will be followed by a 2.5% salary increase in May 2021. Additionally, paraprofessionals who have been employed by the Department of Education for more than 15 years will receive a one-time $1,000 bonus.
Another change in the contract is an increase in the number of personal days that paraprofessionals can take. In the past, paraprofessionals were allowed to take three personal days per year. Under the new contract, paraprofessionals will be allowed to take four personal days per year.
The new contract also includes changes to the way that paraprofessionals are evaluated. Under the old contract, paraprofessionals were evaluated based on a rubric system that covered four categories: professionalism, communication, collaboration, and responsibility. The new contract eliminates this rubric system and replaces it with a simpler evaluation system that is based on job performance.
One last change in the new contract is an increase in the number of sick days that paraprofessionals can take. Under the old contract, paraprofessionals were allowed to take 10 sick days per year. The new contract increases this number to 12 sick days per year.
In conclusion, the new UFT paraprofessional contract includes a number of changes that will impact paraprofessionals in various ways. From an increase in pay and personal days to changes in the evaluation and sick day systems, the new contract represents a significant shift in the way that paraprofessionals are treated and compensated. If you are a UFT paraprofessional, it is important to stay informed about these changes and to take advantage of the benefits that the new contract provides.