The figures are now in for a real life 2009-2018 comparison of the UFT and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 (NYC subway and bus workers) contracts. It is clear if we are comparing salaries, the TWU wins handily even if their last two years don't quite measure up to the UFT's final two.
TWU's negotiators also didn't accept adding in back pay piecemeal like the UFT did for 2009-2011. To date, only 4% of the 8% we were supposed to have received in those years has been added to our pay. The money won't be added in full until May of 2018.
When the interest free loan UFT members made to the city for all that arrears that the city won't pay us back fully until 2020 is placed into this comparison, UFT loses hands down.
Let's add in the actual 2017 and 2018 TWU raises. These are the two years the TWU just agreed to in their new contract.
2017 - 2.5% 2.5%
2018 - 3% 2.5%
Total 18% 24%
TWU still wins big.
(Add on three extra months for the TWU as it is a 28 month agreement, but I doubt the UFT will get 6% for those 3 months. Oh yeah and there is a $500 bonus for TWU too.)