There have been several questions I have fielded in person and over the internet concerning next week's fourth open school night of this school year for most schools.
Open school night four is mandated by the 2014 contract. How quickly people forget.
Once again it is time to remind everyone that 75% of the teachers voted yes on that contract. A contract that featured piecemeal salary increases for UFT members of the 4% and 4% raises that other city unions received from 2008-2010 but won't be completely added to our checks until next year, an interest free loan to the city that won't be paid back in full until 2020 for the money we should have had since 2009, a municipal pattern setting paltry 10% total raise over 7 years (later extended a month to pay retirees), healthcare givebacks and more.
As we continue to wait for money that is rightfully ours, the city's economy has grown significantly throughout the term of the contract and budget surpluses are now a regular feature on the city's balance sheet thanks in part to our generosity.
In the grand scheme of things, the two extra open school nights are not exactly a huge concession.