Tuesday, September 13, 2022


Did you know that the UFT up until the 1990s the UFT had a "No Contract=No Work" policy. It made the end date of a contract mean something. Strikes by public employees were illegal back then just as they are now in NYS but the UFT was an actual labor union. Obviously, that expiration date meaning something is as obsolete as my cassettes from those days. era.

Today as the current UFT Contract expires, we get an email from President Michael Mulgrew (see below) and a collective yawn.

I am trying to think of a fitting slogan;

"No Contract = we'll beg Adams to pretty please negotiate."

"No Contract, so could we please sell out the retirees on Mulgrewcare so DC 37 can set a lousy wage pattern we can give to UFTers?"

They both don't have a ring to them so can readers kindly help me out.

Your slogan in comments. We'll find a prize for the best. Thanks.

Mulgrew's email

Dear _____________,

As of midnight tonight, we will be working under an expired contract for the first time since April 2014.

The UFT is ready and willing to sit down at the bargaining table with the city to negotiate the next DOE-UFT contract. Our 500-member negotiating committee has been meeting since March. The responses from 32,000 UFT members to our bargaining survey last spring will direct our negotiating strategy once talks begin.

The Adams administration, however, has yet to begin bargaining with any municipal union and is crying poverty despite having deep financial reserves.

Under state law governing public employees, the terms of an expired agreement remain in effect until a new one is reached. The list of important reasons for securing a new contract is long. At the forefront, however, is our need for a new contract in order to secure across-the-board pay increases. Salary steps and differentials still remain in effect as we work under the expired contract, but they are nowhere near enough.

We plan to move as aggressively as possible to reach a deal given how inflation has raised the cost of living over the past year. The mayor’s reluctance to bargain is a slap in the face to all the city workers who helped our city get through the pandemic.

And at a time when New York City has unprecedented financial reserves, the mayor has called upon his agencies to slash their budgets. New York City will never rebound from the pandemic if we don't have a better plan for the future.

During the Bloomberg administration, we were denied a contract for more than four years. The labor strategy at that time was to stall negotiations to make workers desperate and willing to settle for less. It is no coincidence that Mayor Adams appointed many Bloomberg-era people to many city agencies including the DOE, and the same delay tactics by the same players are possibly being used again.

As the working people of New York, we are calling for the mayor to meet us at the bargaining table. The city must prioritize reaching fair contracts that recognize educators and other city workers for the important work that they do.

We will keep you updated on any and all developments.


Michael Mulgrew

UFT President


Anonymous said...

Wow, after celebrating with Biden today about inflation, Mulgrew says we need money because of inflation.

Anonymous said...

Mulgrew: No contract, no worries. I still get my $350,000 a year!

Anonymous said...

No contract, who cares? You fools will wait another 5 years and then give an interest free loan to the city.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Mulgrew is Weingarten’s puppet. They both don’t care about us. It’s a shame.

Anonymous said...

Let another municipal union bargain for a contract first to set the "pattern". Mulgoon always f*cks up when he bargains first.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Mulgrew went to an inflation reduction party as he makes $400K and Randi makes $700K. Who needs a raise?

CNN cuts away from Biden inflation reduction party as inflation soars and stocks plunge https://trib.al/mVhx0Ag

Anonymous said...

In the midst of record inflation and no new contract for her members, the last tweet UFT VP Janella Hinds sent out was about Senator Lindsey Graham.

Good luck, suckers.

Anonymous said...

Techers need an economics lesson.

Real wages have fallen every month since Biden and Democrats passed their wasteful $1.9 trillion “stimulus.”

But I'm sure we are getting 8% per year raise to match inflation.

Anonymous said...

We don’t need a raise. Our federal government officials told us that inflation is being reduced and our kitchen table issues are under control. Instead of a raise we should book more hotel rooms in nyc for the unhoused so the ACLU doesn’t carry out their promise to sue nyc because unhoused men, including recently bussed migrants, were denied shelter. We could forgo a raise if the mayor promises to use the money to house the unhoused. Let’s put our money where our mouth is and show how much we care.

Anonymous said...

0% raise is fine. Dues well spent everybody. At least we have a 500 person team.




"Not long lasting"

"Putin's fault"

"Zero percent inflation"

The Biden administration has failed at every turn to address crippling inflation that is devastating American families.

Anonymous said...

I might take 0% if we do away with late Monday and Tuesdays, have no health care give backs, and get 8.25% back as a fixed option for our TDA's......I know thats not going to happen.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you give back, you never get back. Day not getting shorter. 8.25 not coming back.

Anonymous said...

I'm also fine with a zero percent raise if they get rid of the Monday and Tuesday crap.

Anonymous said...

Always the comic @ 11:24. A bad one that gets the proverbial tomato thrown at them, but still a comic.

Anonymous said...

I’m okay with 0% raise if they get rid of all of Monday and Tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Agreed 👍 Give up the raise and do away with the damn Monday and Tuesday bullshit

Anonymous said...


If they get rid of the Monday PD and Tuesday Extra time, I will be able to get a second job after school. I can no longer afford to live on my teaching salary (negotiated by the UFT). I need a second income to pay my bills.

I need to moonlight with a second job. We are not getting paid living wages. 4% and 5% wage increases won't be enough. We need 8% to 10 % wage increases for three years straight. That will help stay even with inflation.

Anonymous said...

Mulgrew is the schmuck who supported Adams for mayor!

Anonymous said...

Make each day 6 hours and 20 mins. No Monday and Tuesday bs.

I get home at 6 pm those days. 4 pm today. Give me that time back and I’m fine w no pay increase.

Anonymous said...

Or get rid of Biden u know president inflation

Anonymous said...

A lot of truth in that comedy routine
Keep it up @1124

Anonymous said...

Most teachers are going to be tier 6 so the UFT and the city are already winning.


So many deranged and brainwashed trump haters, the lefties here cannot even admit how hideous this administration is. There would be 1 million stories a day under Trump. We will get 2% raise at best. If we do not, then like commenters stated monday and tuesdays must go.

Anonymous said...

No joke. The Biden administration assured me inflation isn’t a big deal anymore because of the Inflation Reduction Act. They also told me the US economy is in good shape. I wasn’t lied to…was I? If what they said is true then we can afford to forgo a raise to help the unhoused. If Biden and friends are big fat liars then I would have to rethink my position but so far none of the fact checkers have debunked their claims. So I’m going with we’re all doing fine financially and to show how much we care we should offer to pay for more hotel rooms or free apartments in the bluest of blue neighborhoods. I wouldn’t want to put these people in harm’s way by housing them among radical, extremist republican, voting, gun toting terrorists.

Anonymous said...

Alrighty then 10:24. We don't need a raise, and we should book more hotel rooms and house the unhoused to show we care. Glad you think that's the truth.

Anonymous said...

11:16 such a stupid post

Anonymous said...

Depends on who reads it, 9:44:00.

Anonymous said...

What part of 11:16 is stupid, 9:44? The idea that teachers can afford to forgo a raise? The part where the Biden White House said the economy is fine? The part where teachers have the ability to house many of the unhoused? Or is it the part where teachers are asked to put their money where their mouth is for the greater good of nyc and its unhoused? What exactly is “stupid?”

Anonymous said...

24% 5 yrs. $ 5000 bonus. They are not better than us.

Anonymous said...

Fundamentally, the comment section of this left of center blog is being used to promote the right wing agenda. 26 comments and barely one useful one. And the same anti-Biden troll repeating the same Republican/Fox talking points. With every blog irrelevant. Then there is the sucker guy and the why pay dues guy and the Mulgrew sucks guy. James - why not just copy and paste them and save them the time?
The trolls have an agenda - propaganda for the politics. And either you are left to point out that every nation has inflation and Biden may be responsible for less than 2% if that. Supply chain, Putin, etc. Pro-Trump Saudi makes sure to screw Biden if it can. The entire point of every blog you post gets subsumed and that is the way right wing trolls operate -- and they will cry me a river if you don't post the propaganda -- suppression of free speech -- yet they are free to start any blog they want --- but that is not what they want -- they want to use all your efforts as their platform and you let them. You post a comment that says "suckers" on almost every posting. There has to come a point where staying on topic is required and let them bitch and complain - maybe go on Tucker Carlson.

Anonymous said...

All of the above @ 6:40

Anonymous said...

I pride myself on stupid. Thanks for the compliment. How does it feel to be so smart?

Anonymous said...

Yeah good try like the holy radical liberals who post on this blog don’t have their own agenda. You liberals crack me up

Anonymous said...

"Supply chain and Putin" LMAO. As if we have nothing to do with it. You are correct: even the "left off the center" see it is time to go right. They tell that right in the face.
Someone still has brains after the covid - fog.

Anonymous said...

AWWWWWW 11:11 I wish you leave, What is there to say for being a stupid dem liberal on this blog? You are wrong 90% time and have little common sense.

Tucker Carlson has been spitting facts, you listen to cuomo, lemon, maddow, racist Reid etc who are fake propaganda tools. Very frustrating, russia was a lie as well as all the impeachments. Your party and your parties policies have killed the city and the doe period!

Anonymous said...

8:43 you miss the poster's point. The liberals who post on this blog DO have their own agenda and that's why we come to this blog for solidatary. Go to a RIGHT WING BLOG or start your own to "bitch and complain". As the poster said it's always the same talking points. I don't think it's that many, maybe 1 or 2 with the "pay dues", and another 1 or 2 with the ridiculous incessant attacks on other teachers.

Anonymous said...

8:40, obviously.

Anonymous said...

7:23 Tucker Carlon spits facts? WTF. I guess according to the JUDGE and Carlon's lawyer, we can conclude that YOU are not reasonable. So yeah, entertainment for the deliberately dense.

"Just read U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil's opinion, leaning heavily on the arguments of Fox's lawyers: The "'general tenor' of the show should then inform a viewer that [Carlson] is not 'stating actual facts' about the topics he discusses and is instead engaging in 'exaggeration' and 'non-literal commentary.' "

"The Fox team's legal briefs compared Carlson's show to radio talk-show programs hosted by ex-MSNBC and Fox Business star Don Imus, who won a case more than two decades ago because an appellate court ruled that "the complained of statements would not have been taken by reasonable listeners as factual pronouncements but simply as instances in which the defendant radio hosts had expressed their views over the air in the crude and hyperbolic manner that has, over the years, become their verbal stock in trade."

Tucker Carlson lies and propaganda:

"Federal agents directly incited people on Jan. 6, 2021, and "intentionally entrapped" American citizens."

“Not a single person in the crowd on January 6 was found to be carrying a firearm. Not one.”

“Jan. 6 is being used as a pretext to strip millions of Americans, disfavored Americans, of their core constitutional rights.”

"There's no evidence that white supremacists were responsible for what happened on Jan. 6. That's a lie.”

“Unbeknownst to most people, the Green New Deal came to Texas; the power grid in the state became totally reliant on windmills.”

Says Marie Yovanovitch was "dishonest" when she claimed under oath that she never personally responded to an email from a Democratic staffer. But "in fact, it turns out that she did respond."

Says John Bolton "fundamentally was a man of the left."

Anonymous said...

Contract? . . NONSENSE!