2014 UFT-DOE contract highlights:
- A $1,000 signing bonus for all bargaining-unit employees who are on payroll as of the date of ratification.
- 1 percent retroactive increase to May 1, 2013 and an additional 1 percent increase retroactive to May 1, 2014.
- Raises over the next four years of 1 percent in May 2015, an additional 1.5 percent in May 2016, an additional 2.5 percent in May 2017 and an additional 3 percent in May 2018.
- The two 4 percent rate increases from 2009 and 2010 will be calculated into your paycheck (you will get the lump-sum payout you are entitled to) as follows: 2 percent in May 2015, an additional 2 percent in May 2016, an additional 2 percent in May 2017 and an additional 2 percent in May 2018.
- Examples of pay increases:
- Step 6B, MA in 2014: $58,639 to Step 8bL5, MA in 2018: $83,536
- Step 8bL15, MA + 30 in 2014: $85,426 to Step 8bL18, MA + 30 in 2018: $103,481
- Maximum: from $100,049 in 2014 to $119,565 in 2018
- Lump-sum payments associated with the 4 percent raises in 2009 and 2010: Those who retire on or before June 30, 2014 will receive money they are eligible for in one lump sum. Those who retire after June 30, 2014 and employees who have been continuously employed and are in active service as of the date of the payout will receive five lump-sum payments of roughly 12.5 percent in October 2015, 12.5 percent in October 2017, 25 percent in October 2018, 25 percent in October 2019 and 25 percent in October 2020.
- Examples of total lump-sum payments by 2020:
- 1st-year teacher in September 2013, MA: $13,000
- 2nd-year teacher in November 2009, MA: $31,000
- 7th-year teacher in November 2009, MA + 30: $41,000
- Maximum in November 2009, MA + 30: $54,000
- Pensions will be maintained.
- All educators may use three (instead of the current two) sick days to care for a sick family member.
- No educator will be disciplined or adversely rated or have any derogatory material placed in their file for taking an unpaid leave for restoration of health or a paid sabbatical leave for restoration of health for any amount of time.
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See our "Do the Math" pay chart »
Update Feb. 2015: An arbitrator ruled that the DOE must begin processing the full lump-sum payments immediately for UFT retirees. To pay for that, the arbitrator made two adjustments to the current contract for in-service members:
- The terms of the contract will end on Nov. 30, 2018 instead of Nov. 1, 2018 — a 1-month extension.
- UFT members were scheduled to receive a 5 percent pay increase on May 1, 2018 (2 percent retroactive increase and 3 percent pay rate increase). Instead, they will receive the 2 percent rate increase on May 1, 2018 and the additional 3 percent rate increase on June 16, 2018. The full rate increase will still kick in before the summer.
All other provisions remain the same.