Sergeant's Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told Capital New York the following concerning the proposed UFT contract:
“I think Mike Mulgrew is out of his mind for doing a deal like that," Mullins told Capital in an interview. "I really do.”
On the proposed substandard pay raises UFT members are being asked to accept, Mullins stated the following: “Pay raises in the future are nice if you live that long. What about the people who are there today?” UFT members, if we vote for this deal, will defer wages up through 2020 for work we did as far back as 2009. Getting 18% over 11 years is no great deal.
The SBA President also rejected the argument that the city is broke. He declared, “There’s plenty of money in the city. This is not Detroit.” He pointed to expensive initiatives for affordable housing and increased access to education to show the city has money.
Labor leaders from the Transit Workers Union Local 100 and now the SBA have criticized the UFT agreement.
The only people who can stop it now are the members of the UFT. Workers in this city as well as opponents of so called education reform are counting on us to reject this contract proposal.
The Memorandum of Agreement is finally out in its entirety. We will have more commentary soon.