contract 2014

Retirees receive retro payments

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Arbitrator orders DOE to dispense owed funds after making minor adjustments to contract

More than 14,000 recent UFT retirees received their full retroactive pay in one lump sum in late February. The checks were issued after an arbitrator adjusted the terms of the 2015 contract to cover the cost and ordered the Department of Education to immediately process the payments.

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Arbitrator to help resolve retiree retro issue

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A new arbitration decision has cleared a pathway for paying recent retirees the lump-sum retroactive payments they have been expecting.

One of the independent arbitrators who helped the UFT and the Department of Education reach a new collective-bargaining agreement last spring has offered his services to find a way to make up the $60 million shortfall in the settlement fund set up to make whole all UFT members who retired between Nov. 1, 2009, and June 30, 2014.

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Our goal is collaborative schools, Mulgrew says

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President's report

Jonathan Fickies

Paula Thomas, the chapter leader at P4 in Queens, donates a coat prior to the meeting. Donated winter gear was given to students living in homeless shelters at the first UFT Thanksgiving event on Nov. 22 [see coverage on page 48].

Body condemns Time, shows solidarity with Mexican students

The Delegate Assembly on Nov. 18 passed resolutions demanding an apology from Time magazine for its recent cover bashing teachers, and expressing its outrage over the 43 missing student teachers in Mexico who were presumably murdered.

UFT Vice President Richard Mantell introduced the resolution responding to Time’s cover of Nov. 3, which showed an apple with a gavel hovering above as if to smash it. The headline reads: “Rotten apples: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.”

Time should be thanking us, not bashing us,” Mantell said.

Delegate Sebastian Natera of the HS for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan introduced the resolution in support of the missing Mexican student activists and calling for punishment of those who are found to be responsible.

The student teachers, from a progressive rural college in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, have not been seen since they staged a protest on Sept. 26 against what they considered to be unfair education funding and hiring practices by the Mexican government. Their disappearance has sparked protests across Mexico. body-condemns-time-shows-solidarity-with-mexican-students-106-08Jonathan FickiesA resolution in support of missing students in Mexico is introduced by delegate Sebastian Natera of the HS for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew told the Delegate Assembly on Nov. 18 that the midterm elections earlier in November had put many statehouses firmly in the hands of conservative governors and legislators whose agenda would inflict harm on public schools, unions and working Americans.

“This is going to lead to more attacks on unions, public education and working people,” Mulgrew said.

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2% pay increase, retro coming in early fall

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The first rate increases under the new UFT/Department of Education contract are taking effect this fall.

The contract featured a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2013, and another 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2014.

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$1,000 bonus being paid out

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UFT members employed by the Department of Education began receiving the contract’s $1,000 signing bonus during the final week of school.

The money is being issued to members who were on the DOE payroll as of June 3, the date that members ratified the contract. For all teachers and most other school-based UFT staff, this payment appeared in either their direct deposit account on June 25 or in a check delivery scheduled for June 26.

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Members ratify historic 9-year contract

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An impressive 90,459 ballots cast

Employees of the independent American Arbitration Association counted the roughly 90,000 ballots on June 3.

Members ratify historic 9-year contract Bruce Cotler

Ballots are removed from envelopes and stacked by title.

UFT members overwhelmingly ratified a groundbreaking nine-year contract with the Department of Education on June 3. The contract passed with more than 77 percent of the 90,459 votes, which were counted by the independent American Arbitration Association.

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Much is riding on our success

President's perspective

mulgrew.jpgMichael Mulgrew, UFT President

We now have a new contract — ratified and certified — that will allow us to transform education in New York City by placing parents and educators back in the driver’s seat in our city’s public schools.

The responsibility now falls on our shoulders to show the rest of the country how public education can and should work when parents and educators are empowered.

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UFT members ratify contract by more than 3-to-1 margin

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Members of the United Federation of Teachers today ratified by a more than 3 to 1 margin a new contract that gives members an 18 percent pay raise, including full retroactive pay.

The nine-year contract passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 overall votes, according to tallies by the American Arbitration Association.

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Teachers are the real reformers


[This op-ed originally appeared in the Daily News on May 25.]

A bad idea about teaching children doesn’t become a good idea just because someone calls it a reform.

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What the proposed contract means for guidance counselors

Chapter news

Every day, we guidance counselors work hard to help New York City's schoolchildren excel academically, grow personally and adjust socially. The UFT's proposed new contract with the Department of Education recognizes and rewards our vital work and dedication and gives us tools to help us in our jobs.

If you are on payroll at the time of ratification, you will receive a $1,000 signing bonus upon contract ratification. You will also get the following rate increases:

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