The City is refusing to pay the last lump sum retro payment they owe us for work that we did from 2009-2011. Why we agreed to this arrangement to make nice with Mayor deBlasio has alluded me since 2014. That's when we warned about this subpar arrangement while Mulgrew was erroneously claiming the city's cupboard was bare as the UFT accepted that awful contract that was twice extended. Now, we are still paying the price.
Now that we are getting screwed out of money we have been owed for 11 years, are the Mulgrew-Unity hacks going to tell us how important it is for us to have a close relationship with City Hall?
Are we now going to hear about Mulgrew's great negotiating skills by getting that clause in there so we can go right to arbitration? We might prevail before the arbitrator but if the city refuses to implement the award, we will be in court anyway.
Citing the fiscal emergency and a budget deficit of nearly $9 billion, the city has sent a letter giving us notice that it will not be able at this time to make the final lump-sum payments, due this month.
This is unacceptable.
Those payments are overdue wages that go back to 2009 and 2010, when then-Mayor Bloomberg refused to grant educators the same wage increases other municipal workers received.
We are entitled to this money, and the city is obligated to make us whole.
Because of a clause we insisted on including in the 2014 contract for just such a possibility, we are taking the city to immediate arbitration. With arbitration, we don’t have to file a grievance or go to court, which could take months or years.
Our hearing before an independent arbitrator is already scheduled for tomorrow. At that hearing, we will demand that the city uphold the agreement it made with us.
The city needs to keep its promises, particularly to its educators, who have done so much to keep our schools moving forward during this pandemic.
I’ll let you know what the arbitrator rules.
The letter from the Deputy Mayor to Mulgrew:Mulgrew's video message on YouTube over at YouTube.