Because you have a union that fights for you, eligible members are entitled to be compensated for the two 4 percent raises that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave to members of some municipal unions in 2009 and 2010 but refused to give to public school educators and other city employees at the time.
When Bill de Blasio became mayor, he agreed to pay the money owed but said the city could not afford to pay it all at one time, so the UFT negotiated a contract that ensures UFT members will be made whole by 2020.
In accordance with that 2014 contract, UFT members on payroll who worked for the Department of Education between 2009 and 2017 will receive a lump-sum payment of 12.5 percent in October, representing one-seventh of the amount they have accrued between 2009 and 2017. That payment, which will be added to a regularly scheduled paycheck, is the second of five lump-sum payments between 2015 and 2020. (UFT members received the first payment of 12.5 percent of money owed in 2015.)
Think of it as a savings account. If you have been continually employed, you have been depositing money in this account since Nov. 1, 2009. This October, you‘ll make your second withdrawal.
Teachers, paraprofessionals, guidance counselors and all other UFT titles on the Q Bank payroll will receive their second lump-sum payment as part of their Oct. 16 paycheck.
For therapists, school nurses, supervisors of nurses and therapists, educational officers and analysts, and other UFT titles on the H Bank payroll, the money will be in the Oct. 20 paycheck.
If you are on leave this October, you will receive your money on the date of the next scheduled payment that you are back on payroll.
This October’s lump-sum payment comes on the heels of a 4.5 percent rate increase that all DOE-employed UFT members received in May 2017 in accordance with the 2014 contract.
Per session payment details
For active members, per session lump sum payments will be issued on Nov. 1.
For retired members and members on leave, per session lump sum payments will be issued on Dec. 5.
F-status members will receive per session lump sum payments on Nov. 17.
For details about the remaining lump-sum payments and rate increases in the 2014 contract, see this graphic.
If you have questions about your lump-sum payment, you may file a Lump Sum Inquiry Form.