Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated in his radio talk show that New York City teachers do not need retroactive raises since they averaged an annual 3.8% raise in the last four years. In fact, here is what the Mayor actually said. “They’ve been getting raises all throughout this period,” Where did he get this "fuzzy math" from? Abbott and Costello?
At first, I thought he was talking about step and longevity increases but those increases collectively averaged about 1.5% yearly. Where did he get the 3.8%? Easy, the Mayor included the increased costs for health and pension as part of the 3.8% figure. That's right, the Mayor is adding costs that do not show up in our paycheck as a justification for not approving retroactive raises to the teachers that he gave to almost all other unions. What a bunch of malarkey by the Mayor. I guess his hatred for New York City teachers is such that he will go to any lengths to justify not giving us a pay raise, even if he must use "fuzzy math".
I guess in the Mayor's fantasy world where he could have the unlimited authority to hire and fire teachers at will, ensure that theteaching profession is temporary with no pensions and retiree health benefits, and have class sizes of up to 70 students is out of reach as he ends his destructive education legacy. Therefore, the next best thing is to direspect teachers to the very end by not replacing teachers despite the best City budget in years.
Mayor Bloomberg, from all 72,000 NYC teachers it's "goodbye and good riddance" and don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.