This blog has explained repeatedly why the city owes us so much money if we just get the same 4% + 4% increases that DC 37 received to set a pattern in 2008 that most other city unions have also earned because of pattern bargaining.
The UFT contract for the years 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 is in non-binding fact finding arbitration now. I fully expect the fact finders to recommend for us the same raises other unions were given. There is no precedent I know of in New York City for it not happening. Add to this the fact that the city budget has surplus money and it becomes clear the UFT really can't lose.
I also anticipate we will be given full back pay as Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a precedent with another union (LEEBA) that he will pay arrears out over three years. The argument that UFT arrears will bust the budget because arrears can't be put into future budgets does not hold up.
How much does the city owe us for 2009-2010 and 2010-2011? We ran the numbers in September and this is what we came up with for senior teachers.
Top salary for city teachers is currently $100,049 (way under what teachers in most suburban districts around here earn).
x 1.04 (4%)
The increase for 2009-2010 is $4001.96.
Now for year two:
x 1.04 (4%)
The increase for 2010-2011 is $8,163.99 over what we have now.
Then, the retroactive increase for 2011-2012 is another $8,163.99.
For 2012-13 add another $8,163,99.
Now add up all of the retroactive money and even if there is a contract right away, the city owes teachers on maximum a staggering $28,493.39. If this lingers into 2014, as it almost definitely will, the retroactive price-tag goes to over $30,000 for senior teachers.
In response to a commenter on our last post, who I think was implying that we only care about the senior teachers, I ran the numbers this morning for a newer teacher who started in 2009. This is what I came up with using two 4% increases and step as well as lateral increases. (This assumes the person started with a BA and obtained a Masters Degree before year 3.)
Step 1a with BA--2009-2010--$45,530 X 1.04=$47351.20 Arrears: $1821.20
Step 2a with BA--2010-2011--$48,434 X 1.04 X 1.04=$52,386.21 Arrears: $3952.21
Step 3a with MA--2011-2012--$54,731 X 1.04 X 1.04=$59,197.05 Arrears: $4466.05
Step 4a with MA--2012-2013--55438 X 1.04 X 1.04=$59,961.74 Arrears: $4523.74
Arrears total up to October 31, 2013: $14,763.20
There will need to be an extra half year in arrears paid out at the MA-Step 5a level if this isn't settled until the spring.
For those who don't want to do all the math, just go to the urban ed blog and use their calculator.
Any particular way you slice it, for senior, mid-career and newer teachers, the city owes us a great deal of money.
Unlike some, I fully expect the UFT to not settle for anything less than what we are owed; it is not greed to expect to get money we already earned!