NEW YORK (PIX11) — The United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the union representing most nonsupervisory educators who work in New York City’s public schools, is holding a series of rallies this week to call for a fair contract for its members.

The UFT said the goal is to conduct outreach with parents and community members as the group negotiates its next contract with the city. Several UFT members and teachers held a rally Monday at schools on the Upper East Side, where they met with parents and handed out flyers about a survey they took about member needs.

The previous Department of Education and UFT contract expired in September and negotiations for a new contract have been ongoing since October.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said he couldn’t speak to the specific demands but a pay raise and changes to how things are done are necessary.

“They want a raise, a real raise … we want to do what you hired us to do,” he said.

The mayor’s office and the Department of Education did not immediately respond to PIX11 inquiries.