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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.
“I don’t care what the mayor thinks, the teachers of New York City need a raise,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew told delegates at the Delegate Assembly two days after the negotiating committee had met.
Fact-finding is a legal process that would lead to a nonbinding recommendation by a three-member panel of arbitrators. Those recommendations could serve as a framework for a final contract.
In recent history, the recommendations of fact-finding panels have helped the UFT and the DOE to reach agreements to replace expired contracts three times — in 1993, 2002 and 2007.
The UFT’s contract expired on Oct. 31, 2009. Under the state’s Taylor Law, all the terms of the expired contract continue in place until a new agreement is reached, unless there is a strike.
What is your favorite winter-themed children's story?
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
The Snow Queen, by Hans Christian Andersen
Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
The Mitten, by Jan Brett
Total votes: 231