Friday, August 29, 2014


UFT members will probably not be surprised that a full summer of preparation was not sufficient for the Department of Education to be able to adjust our paychecks for the September 15th pay period.  Instead, we will have to wait until September 30 to see our first increase under the new contract. 

It is only 2% and back pay will only be from May 2013 so don't expect a big adjustment.

By the way, did anyone even know new teachers were getting an additional $2,000 increase?

Meanwhile, another city union, School Safety Agents- Special Agents, has settled their contract with Mayor Bill de Blasio.  The School Safety Agents have not had a contract since 2010. Safety Agents as part of their agreement also settled a discrimination lawsuit.  Therefore, they will get substantial retroactive checks.  No word on them having to wait until 2020 like UFT members to get full arrears.
The email from the UFT Staff Directors is copied in full below.

Dear James,
The first rate increases under the new UFT/DOE contract are taking effect this fall.
The contract featured a 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2013 and another 1 percent pay increase retroactive to May 1, 2014.
For teachers, both the salary adjustments and the corresponding retroactive payments will be in your Sept. 30 paycheck. This paycheck will also include the additional $2,000 increase to the 1A and 1B steps of the teacher salary schedule effective Sept. 1, 2014.
Salary adjustments and corresponding retroactive payments for per session and per diem work will be processed on Oct. 3, 2014.
Another 3 percent rate increase will take effect on May 1, 2015.
LeRoy Barr and Ellie Engler
Staff Directors


Anonymous said...

We should have filed a discrimination lawsuit. I am convinced that we got this crappy contract because we are predominantly women. You bet if it were the other way around we would already have our retro.

Anonymous said...


friv 2 said...

It is believed that many people are waiting, hoping it will soon be announced

Anonymous said...

The new contract was crafted and sold to us by a MAN,
( or at least a man in gender only, I happen to think him a eunich), and thus the predominately female UFT apparently dosnt think they deserve better because THEY VOTE FOR IT!

Anonymous said...

The lack of maternity leave is also a giant insult for the women who are DOE employees.