New York City and Teachers’ Union Reaches Preliminary Contract Agreement

Mayor Bill de Blasio making the announcement
Mayor Bill de Blasio making the announcement

The first of the city’s 152 labor unions is striking a deal with Mayor Bill de Blasio, and with it, years of acrimony between the teachers’ union and City Hall seems to be coming to an end.

“The last five years engendered such frustration, a logjam that seemed so often intractable and so wrong and so unnecessary with so much rancor,” de Blasio said.

This contract, the mayor and union president argued, does just that.

It includes retroactive pay raises of 4 percent for 2009 and 2010. From 2013 to 2015, members will get 1 percent raises. The size of the raises will then grow from 2016 to 2018 if the agreement is approved by union members.

“I call this the contract for education,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. “Yes, the teachers and the educators of New York City have gone a long time without getting any proper respect. That changed with the changing of the administration.”

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SOURCE: Grace Rauh

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