Thursday, July 24, 2014
The UFT Contract Screws The CSA As Well.
It now appears the UFT leadership not only screwed some of their own members, the ATRs, teachers who resigned or discontinued or died, and members on unpaid maturity leave and yes, members who went on disability, but it now appears the UFT contract allows the City to not pay retroactive raises to ex UFT members who resigned between 2009-2014 to become DOE administrators. That's right, all these administrators who became assistant principals and principals are assumed to have resigned by the City and are not getting their well deserved retroactive raises that they worked for. Moreover, for UFT members who want to be administrators in the future, will not be getting their retroactive raises or lump sum payments going forward. While I have little sympathy for these administrators, especially the vindictive and leadership academy administrators its still not fair to deny them of the money owed them. Apparently all UFT members who went to a non-UFT title will also be screwed and not receive their retroactive raises as well.
According to chalkbeat, this is one of the major stumbling blocks between the City and the CSA in negotiating a new contract. However, there may be other unresolved issues as well. For example the City wants the CSA to agree to a 7% return on their TDA instead of the existing 8.25%, without any givebacks and the CSA agreeing to a similar ATR provision for their excessed members.
The City and UFT agreed not to call the two 4% raises as retroactive raises to get around giving every member and ex members their well deserved raises but if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, you can't claim its a goose. However, both the UFT and the City is doing just that. Blogger JD2718 has an excellent post on how the UFT stopped using the term "retroactive raises" when they sold the contract to the members and is a must read.