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Administrative ed officers and analysts ratify first contract

Erica Berger

Member Eric Sweeting (left) gets instructions on casting his ballot from UFT Special Representative Jason Goldberg.

Administrative education officers and analysts on Dec. 7 overwhelmingly ratified their first collective bargaining agreement with the city Department of Education.

The contract will cover about 550 workers who mainly work at DOE central or borough offices on budgets, purchasing, special initiatives and grant applications. They became members of the UFT in July 2016.

“I am so pleased that the union was able to successfully negotiate many of the priorities our members had as well as get a salary increase, which the DOE said would not be possible when we began negotiations,” said Denise Crawford, the chapter leader. “There really is strength in numbers.”

Under the contract, which runs until Nov. 30, 2018, all members will receive at least a 1.67 percent raise retroactive to Sept. 26, 2017, but some members will receive more because the lowest pay grade was eliminated and there were increases in the minimum and maximum salaries of the remaining three grade levels.

“The members expressed great concern about salaries and we were determined to make them more equitable with the responsibilities of the various titles in this chapter,” said UFT Secretary Howard Schoor, who led the negotiating team for the UFT with the help of Emma Mendez, the chapter’s liaison.

The contract also provides the same holidays with pay that members of the UFT’s Education Officers and Analysts Chapter earn, which had been a bone of contention for the administrative education officers and analysts since members of the two chapters often work side by side. These new holidays include the Lunar New Year, Eid al-Fitr, Rosh Hashana, Good Friday and the first two days of Passover.

If administrative education officers and analysts are asked to work on a holiday, they are entitled to 1½ times their pay plus an additional annual leave day.

Corrine Doron, the industry engagement manager at Manhattan’s HS of Fashion Industries, was delighted with the extra holidays. With two young children, she said, “Time with my family is very important.”

Damien Pacheco, a senior program manager with the Office of Community Services, said the obvious advantage of union membership was the benefits, “but you also feel like you’re members of a bigger family.”

As he finished voting on the contract at UFT headquarters, Toby Reyes, a senior operations services manager with the Office of Community Services, said he was happy to be a UFT member. “We work as a collective to support the students,” he said. “I feel the union works as a collective to support members.”

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