I hope everyone read the city-DOE's defense in the recent arbitration agreement. The city claimed that because the payment was due on October 1 and they didn't pay yet as of October 9 so that date is meaningless. They didn't say it but they implied that they can pay whenever it is convenient as we never received a dime on October 1 (the payment due date) since 2015. They are always late and the UFT lets them get away with it.
But don't worry, we have the very angry Michael Mulgrew on our side. He agreed to a deal so we have unambiguous language to get the lump sum payment (well, at least half of the full amount the city owes us) by the end of October. The agreement says, "Board/City to make a Lump Sum payment equal to 50% of the payment which would otherwise have been due (approximately $450 million), by no later than October 31, 2020." Pretty clear, straightforward language, right? Wrong for per session and retirees.
Mulgrew told the Executive Board the per session 1/2 retro payment will have to wait.
As for retirees, we will be waiting a little longer too.
This came my way this evening:
We have ironclad language stating we must get half of the money owed to us by no later than October 31. Instead, we will be waiting until after November 16.
Okay in the age of COVID-19, this isn't that big a loss. But still, the UFT does not even have enough pull or the desire to compel the City DOE to live up to a rather simple date of October 31 that they agreed to. It was easy for the DOE to withhold the funds. It should be just as simple to deposit them. Try paying a parking ticket late and watch the penalties get added on. DOE does whatever they want and UFT just goes along.