We are all waiting for news from Albany on whether the early retirement incentive will pass by tonight's state budget deadline (please see update below on late budget).
This is the latest from NYSUT President Andy Pallotta:
NYSUT statement on early retirement incentive legislation
Source: NYSUT Media Relations
ALBANY, N.Y. March 29, 2021 — New York State United Teachers President Andy Pallotta issued the following statement today on negotiations on legislation to create an early retirement incentive for public school employees as part of the state budget:
“Educators have shown a heroic effort throughout the pandemic as they’ve delivered services to millions of public school students. Amid fiscal uncertainty and ongoing pandemic-related challenges, the Assembly and Senate both included in their one-house budgets earlier this month an early retirement incentive that would give longer-serving teachers and school employees an option to retire without fear of being penalized. This incentive also would help school districts to achieve workplace efficiencies and financial savings without negatively impacting the quality of education and allow the next generation of educators to enter the workforce.
“It’s critical that any ERI adopted in the final state budget offers a level playing field for all public school employees statewide. An ERI for all public school employees would be a win-win for school districts and workers alike.”
Update: We are going to have to be patient to see if an early retirement incentive will pass.
From Spectrum News:
The New York state budget is officially late.
There was a time in Albany when lawmakers would actually stop the clock a little before midnight on March 31, so the time stamp on the voting sheets would mark an “on-time budget.” But there was no attempt at stopping the clock this year and lawmakers reluctantly embraced the missed deadline.
“When people wake up tomorrow and we haven't completed the full budget, it's going to have no impact on their lives or their budgets, or whether their government is operating in the state of New York,” Senate Finance Chair Senator Liz Krueger said on the Senate floor Wednesday night. “So, we're not perfect. I believe we're going to get there just a few days late, and I don't think any real harm will be done.”
For those who can't wait for Albany news, try here.
We have a weekly Leader Briefing from NYSUT with nothing on the ERI:
Activists continue push for revenue as budget deadline passes
Early this week, labor and faith activists made a powerful pitch for increasing state revenue through additional taxes on the wealthy while dispelling the myth that it would drive millionaires out of the state. With COVID-19 restrictions and many issues still on the table, this year’s state budget deadline passed quietly at midnight Wednesday. If an agreement is reached by the weekend, lawmakers could begin to pass budget bills next week.
While this was the word from NYSUT and I have heard nothing from the UFT, I just attended a joint Zoom rally with the Professional Staff Congress (CUNY) and the United University Professions (SUNY). Their leaders are urging members to call legislators to push for full funding for CUNY and SUNY in the state budget. There were plenty of elected officials on the Zoom.