Monday, June 27, 2016


I received my new identification card from EmblemHealth with the higher co-pays listed right at the bottom. Thank you UFT 2014 contract and Municipal Labor Committee.   We still owe the city an additional $1.3 billion in health savings next year so hold on tight to your wallets.

Meanwhile, we will be waiting until the middle of October in 2017 to get a little more of the money owed to us from what is basically an interest free loan we gave to the city for all of the work we did between 2009 and 2011. The majority of the loan will not be paid back until October 2018, October 2019 and October 2020.

The actual contract ends in 2018. The only thing we can be certain of is that when it expires the city will cry poverty and the UFT leadership will not have an adequate response.

Everyone should once again take a look back at some of the terms of the 2014 contract that aren't improving as they age.


jeff said...

In short, our 1.3% annual raises over 7+ years, for the average teacher, comes out to a few hundred dollars a year after taxes. We are giving all of it up just by paying more a few times a year at the doctor. And that doesnt include inflation eating away at out retro that we arent investing or using because we dont have it. But dont worry, teachers choice went up $25.

Anonymous said...

The entire contract stinks. This was the worst contract ever and pushed to UFT members under false pretenses. I didn't vote for it. This contract would have never been voted for if the UFT didn't hide certain facts about it. By the time 2018 rolls around the City will definitely claim poverty and we will never see a penny of the lump sum retro in 2019 or 2020.

The UFT knows the City is going to claim poverty. The UFT knows the City is taking it's time with the recalculations of retirees' pensions because the City & the UFT are waiting for some retirees to kick the bucket - lousy to say. The City will be saving a lot of money and the UFT went a long with it.

The UFT knows what's coming next when it comes to our health coverage - they're just not letting us know the fact that by the time this contract ends we will be paying a part of the cost of our coverage.

Anonymous said...

Union dues are $56 per pay period now.

Michael Fiorillo said...

I've asked this question before, but there was no answer: is our retroactive pay covered by the Triborough Amendment when/if this lousy contract expires and our faux Tough Guy President is unable to negotiate a new one in a timely fashion,while the city cries poverty?

The majority of the retro is due after the expiration of the contract. De Blasio ain't much, but he's likely to be better than whomever might succeed him,mand even hens guaranteed to plead poverty when our contract expires: in other words, are we in danger of having most of our no-interest loan to the city unilaterally cancelled?

Anonymous said...

If deBlasio is reelected (not likely as of now), there is more of a chance of the UFT allowing him to cancel the loan when the city cries poverty as compared to if Ruben Diaz is in. At least the UFT will fight a little if there is a hostile mayor. DeBlasio has gotten so many concessions. What's one more.

Anonymous said...

Well worth every penny.

TeachmyclassMrMayor(andyoutooMrMulgrew) said...

If there is no new contract, there really isn't a way to "cancel" retro, as law states, old contract stays in place until new one takes its place. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. And no matter how much "Punchy" Mike wants to continually screw his membership, I'm not sure he wants to play that game. See how fast the lawsuits fly, as some folks got all of their retro already ("Punchy" has to keep his solid retiree base happy), and others wouldn't. Not to mention, while very little makes our apathetic colleagues pay attention to the selling out "WeinGrew" does, watch how fast taking $25K out of folks hands makes them less apathetic.