contract negotiations

PERB appoints fact-finding panel for UFT/DOE contract dispute

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The New York State Public Employment Relations Board has appointed a three-member fact-finding panel that will take testimony, hold hearings and issue a report and recommendations in an effort to resolve the contract dispute between the New York City Department of Education and the UFT. The UFT contract expired Oct. 31, 2009.

The factfinders, all labor arbitrators, are: Martin F. Scheinman. Mark Grossman and Howard Edelman. Mr. Scheinman was named chairperson of the panel.

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Contract talks headed to fact-finding

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The UFT has started the fact-finding process after mediation with the Department of Education on the contract failed to resolve the serious differences between the two sides.

The union’s 300-member negotiating committee — with rank-and-file representation from every school level, district and functional chapter — unanimously voted to take that step in its stalled contract negotiations at a June 11 meeting at union headquarters.

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Federation of Nurses/UFT wins model contract from VNS

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Rank-and-file members of the bargaining committee played a key role.Rank-and-file members of the bargaining committee played a key role in the negotiations that led to the Visiting Nurse Service contract.

Federation of Nurses/UFT members working for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York overwhelmingly voted on Jan. 27 to ratify a new two-year contract with substantial raises and no givebacks. 

“We won this contract through real collaboration,” said Federation of Nurses/UFT Special Representative Anne Goldman of the work that the 31 rank-and-file members of the bargaining committee accomplished in forcing a recalcitrant management to back down on every issue. 

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UFT contract negotiating committee discusses options

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The UFT negotiating committee met on Jan. 5 at union headquarters for a confidential discussion about what next steps to take to reach a settlement in stalled contract negotiations. Mediation has failed to resolve the serious differences between the UFT and the Department of Education.

The 300-member negotiating committee has rank-and-file representation from every school level, district and functional chapter.

In the wide-ranging and intense discussion that lasted nearly two hours, negotiating committee members examined a series of strategies available to the union.

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UFT’s S.I. Hospital nurses agree to on-time contract

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Three-year pact includes raises, no givebacks

A looming strike by the UFT Federation of Nurses chapter at Staten Island University Hospital’s south site was averted after management agreed on March 31 to what members there widely tout as an excellent contract. Members voted virtually unanimously for the new three-year agreement, which contained no givebacks and a substantial wage increase.

Bargainers settled within 15 hours of the midnight, April 1, deadline, when the old contract was set to expire.

Among the gains in the new, three-year pact:

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Mayor attacks pensions, ATRs and teacher layoff rules

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted public employee pensions, current layoff rules and educators serving in the Absent Teacher Reserve in a State of the City address on Jan. 19 in which he said he would shrink the cost of government by going after public employee benefits rather than raise taxes to meet this year’s budget challenges.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew described the speech as “another Bloomberg snow job.”

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Contract update

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Nearly seven months after the UFT and the Department of Education entered into mediation in hopes of resolving the differences preventing the two sides from reaching a new contract agreement, mediation has failed.

The next step: preparing for fact-finding.

The New York State Public Employment Relations Board will appoint a fact-finding panel to hold hearings and make nonbinding recommendations designed to help the two parties reach a final settlement.

The most recent UFT contract expired on Oct. 31, 2009.

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Mulgrew applauds city’s no-layoff decision but says mayor can’t freeze salaries

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Just two days before layoff letters from the Department of Education were due to hit the mailboxes of 4,400 teachers across the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg rescinded those notices and announced that there would be no layoffs.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded the mayor for calling off the layoffs. “I’m glad that he made the right decision to avoid massive disruption in the schools,” said Mulgrew.

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Mayor calls off teacher layoffs

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Mayor Bloomberg on June 2 rescinded the teacher layoff notices that were scheduled to go out at the end of the week. He said that instead he was eliminating the 2 percent raises that he had offered teachers in each of the coming two years.

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Anti-public ed crowd’s ideas hampering contract talks

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As contract mediation continues, UFT officials are fighting fire with fire by vigorously taking on what they call the counterproductive and potentially disastrous ideas being floated by the anti-public education crowd. Some of these ideas floated recently in the press include firing all educators in the Absent Teacher Reserve and allowing principals to decide who gets laid off.

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