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December 30, 2014
Principals union contract ratified with 91 percent of the vote
Updated — Members of the city’s principals union voted overwhelmingly to approve their new contract with the city, officials announced Tuesday. Ninety-one percent of the union’s…
December 11, 2014
City-union memo describes ‘ambassador’ principals as partners, not turnaround agents
The agreement between the city and the principals union indicates that the new “ambassador” principal role will be more collaborative and short-term than the city described…
it's a deal
December 6, 2014
Principals to see raises, backpay and career-ladder positions in new contract
The nine-year, $891 million deal for principals and assistant principals would increase pay by 18 percent by 2019 through raises paid out in seven increments.
November 17, 2014
After flood of teacher retirements, UFT and city settle dispute over backpay
An arbitrator’s decision, announced Monday, means that the city won’t have to set aside any more than the $180 million already apportioned in this year’s budget to pay the retirees. The United Federation of Teachers agreed to let the arbitrator come up with a package of cost-saving measures that would adjust the $5.5 billion contract agreement to find $60 million in savings to pay members who retired by July.
November 14, 2014
Principals union, city enter mediation as contract dispute drags on
The city and the principals union have entered a mediation process after failing to agree on the terms of a new contract, union officials said Friday.
September 17, 2014
Few teachers see raises through contract's paid leadership roles, so far
The limited rollout of new teacher leadership positions, to less than 2 percent of the school system, initially, is emblematic of how cautious the city is being in early stages of implementing a new pay model that departs significantly from the way city teachers have been paid for decades.
September 9, 2014
With new school year, new rules for parent engagement have begun
At P.S. 206's first parent engagement activity of the year, now mandated in the new teachers contract, parents and educators shared their ideas with Chancellor Fariña and union president, Michael Mulgrew.
June 11, 2014
Poll: Most voters have no opinion of recently passed teachers contract
Just 14 percent of city voters said they thought the new teachers contract would lead to better education in the city’s public schools, according to a…
June 4, 2014
Teachers: Did you vote yes or no on the contract?
More than 77 percent of members voted to ratify the contract it negotiated a month ago with the city. Teachers, we'd love to know more about why you voted the way you did.
June 3, 2014
With 77 percent of the vote, UFT members approve new nine-year contract
The rank-and-file of the city teachers union voted to approve a new contract deal with the city, officials announced Tuesday, delivering long-awaited wage increases to teachers and a victory to a new mayor who has pledged to improve the school system by partnering with the union.
June 3, 2014
As UFT ballots are counted, here’s the percentage of “yes” votes since ’93
In a few hours, the United Federation of Teachers will announce whether members have ratified the contract it negotiated a month ago with the city. Though…
May 16, 2014
Ballots out in UFT contract vote; results due by June 3
Two weeks after the city and teachers union announced a contract deal, rank-and-file members of the United Federation of Teachers are getting a chance to…
May 15, 2014
King praises parts of new teachers contract, but doesn’t mention evaluation changes
King was asked about the city’s proposed teachers contract after speaking at an education conference Thursday in Harlem. That talk came one day…
May 15, 2014
Contract’s plan to fuel school experimentation sparks debate
The plan would let educators at up to 200 schools carry out experiments in school improvement. But some worry the plan would weaken protections for teachers, while others argue it will not go far enough to foster real innovation. Others wonder how the program will work.
May 12, 2014
Mulgrew may have given up on “reform,” but mayor sticking with it
That’s one of the five times that de Blasio or schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña referred to changes included in the proposed teachers union contract…
May 12, 2014
De Blasio touts new millions in arts funding, but city not yet sure how it will be spent
De Blasio stopped by an art class at Queens’ P.S. 69 to highlight the $20 million boost to arts education included in his new budget proposal, and to tout “important reforms” in the budget plan and the proposed teachers contract. Still, some big questions remain.
May 6, 2014
Teacher salaries to range from $54,411 to $119,565 in new contract, UFT says
Starting salaries for a first-year New York City teacher will increase to $54,411 by 2018, up from $45,530 this year, according to a salary schedule…
May 6, 2014
Letter from Mulgrew to ATRs suggests teachers less likely to face expedited hearings than city signaled
New details from a memo sent from Mulgrew to absent teacher reserve members, and information provided by union officials, reveal that the excessed teachers would also have stronger job protections than were originally reported or acknowledged by officials.
May 6, 2014
How the last 20 years of New York City teachers union contracts came to be
Politics, not expiration dates, dictate when teachers union contract deals are struck and what they contain. Here's an interactive look back at how that pattern has played out over the last 20 years.
May 5, 2014
UFT contract deal includes a "buyout" for out-of-work teachers
The city will pay jobless teachers to quit if they aren’t interested in working in schools, according to an internal Department of Education memo explaining the provisions of the new teachers union contract agreement.
May 5, 2014
Educators question contract's bet on teacher training over student tutoring
Reallocating tutoring time to professional development and parent outreach makes sense to many, but others note that professional development can vary widely in quality—and question whether teacher training ever trumps instructional time.
May 2, 2014
Here are some details about the “professional time” in the new contract deal
The proposed new teachers contract would undo a key provision of the 2005 contract, which expanded the school week so that teachers could work…
a done deal
May 1, 2014
Teachers get pay bump, evaluation tweaks, and more in $5.5 billion contract deal
A proposed nine-year contract deal between the city and the teachers union would increase teachers' pay and simplify the way they are rated, free some schools to design innovative schedules, provide parents with more opportunities to meet with educators, and allow the city to more easily fire teachers who are deemed incompetent or accused of misconduct, officials announced Thursday.
May 1, 2014
Here’s the UFT’s list of highlights in its new contract
The de Blasio administration’s press release trumpeting its “groundbreaking” 9-year contract with the United Federation of Teachers included a statement from union president Michael Mulgrew.
May 1, 2014
Liveblogging the teachers union contract announcement
Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña are expected to announce a new contract with the United Federation of Teachers at 4 p.m. at City Hall. Updates here.
the final hours
April 30, 2014
Career ladder, fewer eval metrics, and face time with parents in teacher contract, sources say
Retroactive pay is poised to come through for teachers, but how much is still unclear, sources say of a contract deal being finalized by the UFT and the city. What is more clear, they say, is a new teacher pay system, changes to teacher evaluations and more face time with parents.
April 18, 2014
What the teachers' contract talks are all about, part II: Evaluations and training time
In our second part covering the teacher contract talks, we focus on teach evaluations and the potential for extra time in the school day or year for professional development. Could a "thin" contract be in the cards for some schools?
on the table
April 18, 2014
What the teachers' contract talks are all about, part I: Back pay and excessed teachers
In the first part of our look into what's on the negotiating table as teachers and the city hammer out a contract, we look at big-picture priorities like retroactive pay and the controversial Absent Teacher Reserve.
April 3, 2014
Advocates to Fariña: More specifics on forced placement, please
Advocates looking to keep the teachers in the city's Absent Teacher Reserve out of classrooms say Chancellor Fariña hasn't said enough about her plans for those teachers.
March 20, 2014
Fariña’s message on ATR pool: No forced placement
Speaking at a City Council hearing, Chancellor Carmen Fariña was unequivocal that the city would stick with its current policy of not forcing teachers to work in specific schools or principals to accept teachers they don’t want.
Back (Pay) Talk
March 14, 2014
News of unusual back pay proposal draws mixed reactions
On the one hand, some said, the proposal to spread more than $3 billion in retroactive raises over a nine-year contract offers the city an affordable payment option, while creating some budget stability. But on the other hand, critics said, the deal could set a damaging pattern for other unions while still requiring serious givebacks from the teachers.
Raising the Issue
March 13, 2014
As union negotiates new contract, leader says teachers seek better pay
As the head of the teachers union negotiates a new contract with the city, he started to make a public case Wednesday for higher teacher pay.
March 22, 2012
PEP okays slate of co-locations but tables some contract votes
Teachers and students from Lehman High School were among those protesting the slate of city co-location plans at Wednesday's Panel for Educational Policy meeting. More than 60 parents, teachers and students trekked to Chelsea last night to beg Panel for Educational Policy members to reject a slate of space-sharing proposals. As usual, the panel approved all of the proposals — but when it came time to vote on a series of contracts later in the evening, three were tabled unexpectedly after several members said they could not cast impartial votes. Three panel members who were appointed by Mayor Bloomberg said their ties to the City University of New York were too close to allow them to vote on contracts relating to CUNY. After they recused themselves, an unusual occurrence, four panel members who comprise a consistent opposition block also said they would not cast votes on the contract, making it impossible for the contracts to get enough votes to pass. The panel did approve a $20 million, three-year contract for six nonprofit groups that have been working since last summer in 14 schools that were supposed to get money from the federal government through the School Improvement Grant program. That money did not materialize after the city and teachers union were unable to agree on new teacher evaluations. Now the city plans to ask the state to restore the funds when it submits applications for "turnaround" at the schools — but the restoration wouldn't happen until next year. The panel members okayed a $6.5 million payment for the partnerships for this year. The contracts will be canceled next year if the state does not restore the federal funds at the schools, according to a Department of Education spokesman. The turnaround plans are not on the agenda until next month's panel meeting, but they came up again and again on Wednesday evening. Several of the proposed co-locations were set for schools that could be closed and reopened under the turnaround program, drawing criticism from parents and students who attended the meeting.
November 2, 2011
Principals say third-party negotiator needed in city contract talks
The union representing New York City public school principals and administrators announced today that it has hit a major roadblock in negotiations for a new contract. Union members received a new contract — gaining a 23 percent raise and forfeiting some seniority rights — in 2007. That deal expired in March 2010 and the union has been negotiating a new contract ever since. But talks stalled and last month, the union asked the New York State Public Employment Relations Board to declare an impasse. Yesterday, PERB agreed and is now recommending that a mediator take over to jump-start negotiations. If mediation fails, the contract talks would enter fact-finding and arbitration, a complex process that would likely push a new contract far into the future. "We met with the city several times and were unable to reach an agreement going forward," said Council of School Supervisors and Administrators spokeswoman Chiara Coletti. "The negotiations were going nowhere."
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