New Teacher Checklist

 Meet your chapter leader - IMMEDIATELY

Join the UFT (file a membership card with your chapter leader OR enroll online - IMMEDIATELY

Sign up for COPE political action fund (file a COPE card with your chapter leader)

Enroll in a health plan (within 30 days of your first day on payroll)

Enroll in the UFT Welfare Fund (file an enrollment form OR enroll online - IMMEDIATELY

Locate the comprehensive guide to your Welfare Fund benefits, The Red Apple, at

Apply for prior service salary credit - IMMEDIATELY

Check your qualification for a salary differential - IMMEDIATELY

Enroll in a pension system (see payroll secretary for form) - IMMEDIATELY

Buy supplies through Teacher’s Choice (keep all receipts for purchases starting August 1st through mid-March)

State certification requirements

Locate your borough office (52 Broadway, 10th Floor, 212-598-6800)

Know your district representative (office located at borough office)

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