Monday, February 26, 2018


The NYC economy continues to grow. Comptroller Scott Stringer has released a report showing the current city surplus is $2.6 billion. That's not quite a record and it is down but it isn't bad.

Of course with municipal labor contracts due and Donald Trump in the White House, Stringer's report is filled with all kinds of warnings. However even with a smaller surplus, the reality right now is the city is still doing well economically. I haven't read too many economists who think the recession is right around the corner.

In terms Of the Deparment of Education,  Stringer's report says this:

DOE:  More for the Classroom, Less for the Bureaucracy
  • Since 2012, Central Administration staff has increased by more than 400, a 24% rate of growth – twice the rate of teaching staff growth, at 12%.
  • There is rampant waste and lack of accountability at DOE. Comptroller audits have found:
    • In a sample of just 8 schools and one administrative site, one-third of computer hardware was unaccounted for, with no follow-up action to implement basic controls;
    • $1 billion investment in high-speed broadband while one in three teachers remain dissatisfied with the service; and
    • $2.7 billion in no-bid contracts.

Is anyone surprised by anything here?


Anonymous said...

So inspiring to see thousands of workers standing up to the anti-union forces behind #Janus.

Our labor makes it all possible — workers deserve the power of a union. #UnionProud


Anonymous said...

Are the over 400 central administration staff all DOE lawyers?

Unknown said...

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Anonymous said...

Ha, and what has the uft done about all the problems that have nothing to do with right wingers? This was years before Janus.

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments today in the anti-union “Janus” case, New York City public school educators say they are sticking with their union.

“The Janus case is bankrolled by right-wingers who want to cut salaries, dictate working conditions and roll back 50 years of hard won civil and workers’ rights,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers. “That’s why they going after one of the remaining institution that stands up to them — unions. But educators aren’t falling for it. We are sticking with our union.”

Anonymous said...

Janus caused the last contract? The TDA drop? The retro held till 2020 with no interest? The disciple code going out the window? The extra observations? Fuck you uft. Get the dues from somebody else.

Anonymous said...

When I started, i was proud to be in the uft. It has become a joke. I will be leaving as of June 26. Not to retire, to resign. Yes, its that bad. Let it burn to the ground. You deserve it. You idiot teachers who werent smart enough to read the last contract and all vote for it.. yes, you deserve it as well. They can give my $100k to someone else. Cant deal with the fraud, torture and discontent.

Educat said...

Forget the surplus of NYC ad lets get our hands on the pile of cash held by the UFT to pay all those FatCats. Just take a few minutes to read the payroll report of the UFT. Six figure salaries to dozens, who I am sure if you were to follow them around for a week, it would be revealed that they aren't worth a dime.

pete said...

Fuck you uft, this started changing in 2005, you let us lose everything...Whatever you give back you never get back.

Our world may be about to change.

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the Janus v. AFSCME lawsuit, funded by a web of wealthy, conservative donors. The ruling, expected in May or June, could deal a devastating blow to public-sector workers nationwide.

Those bankrolling this lawsuit want to get rid of collective bargaining in the public sector. Before the court today, lawyers for Janus argued that public employees like you shouldn’t have a union with the ability to collectively bargain over pay increases, working conditions, and health and pension benefits.

The stakes are enormous. We have seen the impact already in states like Wisconsin and Michigan when these groups gain control: frozen wages, eroded benefits, skimpier pensions and a loss of control over daily working conditions.

With the Janus case, these same groups are trying to bankrupt one of the few organizations that stand up to them: public-sector unions.

Learn more about the Janus case »
Read a Q&A on the issues »

Our position is workers should have the right to come together to collectively bargain and to advocate for their profession and their families.

This is dangerous stuff. They are trying to divide and silence us so they can control our destinies.

If you are on Facebook, use our #UnionProud frame over your profile picture and share this graphic with your friends and colleagues.

If you’re on Twitter, please click through to send these tweets now.

#ImStickingWithMyUnion for my family, my students, my community @UFT @AFSCME @AFTunion #UnionProud

No matter what happens in the #Janus v. AFSCME case, #ImStickingWithMyUnion because I am #UnionProud @UFT @AFSCME @AFTunion #UnionProud

Janus v. AFSCME aims to take away the freedom of working people to join together in strong unions to speak up for themselves and their communities. #ImStickingWithMyUnion #UnionProud @AFTunion @UFT

These small actions on social media on your part will reinforce the bonds of solidarity among UFT members. That sense of community will be critical when the decision comes down.

Thank you for everything that you do.


Michael Mulgrew
UFT President

Anonymous said...

Guys, we need a union. Plain and simple. Just stopping voting for MM.