The question for New York City is not whether it can afford to pay competitive salaries to the teachers of the city’s more than one million schoolchildren, but whether it can afford not to.
How can we have a world-class school system as long as the city has the largest class sizes, the neediest students and the lowest paid professionals in the region?
It was Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s years-long refusal to reach a fair agreement with teachers — despite yearly multibillion-dollar city budget surpluses — that created a huge fiscal problem for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Working together, we can come up with a solution that is fair for teachers, taxpayers and, most important, the children in the city’s public schools.
— UFT President Michael Mulgrew