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First lump-sum payment coming this October

Piggy bank

In accordance with the 2014 contract, all active UFT members who worked for the Department of Education between 2009 and 2015 plus those who retired after June 30, 2014 will receive a lump-sum payment of 12.5 percent, representing one-eighth of the amount they have accrued between 2009 and 2015. That payment, which will be added to a regularly scheduled paycheck, is the first of five lump-sum payments between this October and 2020 associated with two 4 percent pay increases dating back to Nov. 1, 2009, and Nov. 1, 2010.

“Our previous mayor tried to make it impossible for the next administration to give educators the raises they deserve,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew in an email to members. “Despite the virtually empty labor reserve that Mayor de Blasio inherited, we figured out a way in the 2014 contract to make our members whole.”

For every check you have received since late 2009 until today, lump-sum money has accrued representing the difference between what you would have been paid if your paycheck had reflected those two 4 percent increases in 2009–10 and what you were actually paid.

Think of it as a piggy bank. If you have been continually employed, you have been depositing money in this piggy bank since Nov. 1, 2009, and will continue to deposit money until the two 4 percent increases are fully phased in, in 2018. This October, you’ll make your first withdrawal.

Teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors and other pedagogues will receive their first lump-sum payment on Oct. 15, the first regular paycheck after Oct. 1. For therapists, school nurses and other UFT titles on the H-Bank, the money will be in the Oct. 23 paycheck. If members are owed per session, F-Status or per diem money, they will receive payment on Nov. 2. Retirees will have a supplemental check issued on Oct. 16.

The lump-sum payment includes money accrued as of Oct. 1. Every UFT member who has been continuously employed by the DOE at any time between Nov. 1, 2009, and Oct. 1, 2015, and is active on Oct. 1 will receive a lump-sum payment. All payroll contributions and deductions will be updated.

If you are on leave in October, you will receive your money on the date of the next scheduled payment when you are back on payroll.

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