Congratulations to Mayor de Blasio and the UFT for Reaching Agreement on a New Contract!

Dear Commons Community,

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the UFT are to be congratulated for reaching a new contract that appears fair and equitable to both sides.   Here is Eyewitness News commentary on the details:

“The 9-year agreement will implement a number of groundbreaking reforms that the city says will make schools laboratories of innovation and improve public education for every student, while also making important changes that will provide more than $1 billion in health care cost savings over the next four years.

“Working together with our dedicated teachers – instead of being locked in rancorous debate – we have found common ground today that moves us closer to those critical objectives,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Everyone needs to play a positive role in our children’s future, and this agreement deepens parental engagement, recognizes quality teachers, and ensures our students will benefit from a new era of educational reforms that will improve learning and performance in the classroom.”

The United Federation of Teachers represents 100,000 teachers and other school employees who have been working on an expired contract since 2009. Union leaders have long pushed for substantial retroactive raises of up to $3.4 billion.

Under the proposed agreement, teachers would receive similar raises to those that had been granted by the previous administration to much of the municipal workforce of 4 percent each for 2009 and 2010. The raises will be restructured and provided to teachers in increments from 2015 to 2020. The agreement includes a one-time $1,000 ratification payment. Wage increases constituting a new pattern for the following years are on the schedule below:

May 2013: 1%
May 2014: 1%
May 2015: 1%
May 2016: 1.5%
May 2017: 2.5%
May 2018: 3%

The deal ends years of hostility between the teachers union and City Hall. De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, declined to grant any retroactive raises and often engaged in verbal clashes with the union’s president, Michael Mulgrew.”

It is a breath of fresh air that teachers are being treated with respect again here in New York City.



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