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UFT members ratify contract by more than 3-to-1 margin

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Members of the United Federation of Teachers today ratified by a more than 3 to 1 margin a new contract that gives members an 18 percent pay raise, including full retroactive pay.

The nine-year contract passed with more than 77 percent of the roughly 90,000 overall votes, according to tallies by the American Arbitration Association.

“I want to thank the members of the UFT for their overwhelming support of this innovative contract. The new agreement gives teachers and parents a larger voice in how their schools are run, and how they can better serve their students. We now have to work together — teachers, parents and the DOE — to make these innovations successful,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.

The most experienced teachers will see their base pay rise from $100,049 to $119,471 by the time the contract ends in 2018. The contract also increases starting salaries from $45,530 to $56,709 over the course of the deal.

Results by major UFT chapters

  • Teachers: 75 percent
  • Paraprofessionals and teacher aides: 84 percent
  • School secretaries: 86 percent
  • Guidance counselors: 80 percent
  • OT/PTs: 80 percent
  • Staff nurses, nurse supervisors and therapists: 76 percent
  • Social workers and psychologists: 83 percent