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Updated August 13, 2019
#TrackingtheContract: Three weeks before school starts, union president says negotiations show little progress
As contract negotiations between Chicago’s new mayor and the teachers union continue, we will update this tracker.
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.
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