This is right from Nick Bacon's Minutes from yesterday's Executive Board:
The DC37 contract and healthcare conversations were a big part of the exec board meeting tonight. Nick Bacon pointed out that the pattern being set by DC37 is below inflation and asked what we were doing about that. (Secretary Leroy) Barr deflected, saying it wasn’t our place to do anything public about another union’s contract. Bacon remarked that this union’s contract would have the effect of committing our union to sub-inflation wages. (President Michael Mulgrew also commented that there may be other (bad) costing things in the DC37 contract other than what we already see. However, when asked by Mike Schirtzer what healthcare ‘savings’ would also be a part of the contract, he claimed that none of that costing will have anything directly to do with healthcare (this bargaining round). On the other hand, a new Aetna Medicare Advantage plan is to be reviewed, and Mulgrew confirmed that while he won’t approve it unless it meets UFT’s preconditions, we won’t get to vote on it before it goes to the MLC. He was frankly hostile with new HS Exec Board member, Luli Rodriguez, when she pressed him on this.
This is the exact question Luli asked that angered Mulgew:
Luli Rodriguez High School for Ecomomics and Finance:
We saw that there is an emergency MLC meeting scheduled for Thursday to discuss a proposed contract with Aetna for a privatized Medicare Advantage Plan for Medicare eligible retirees but there is not going to be an MLC vote on the Aetna Contract on Thusday.
My question: Will the UFT Executive Board and Delegate Assembly, the two elected representative bodies of this organization, get to see the Aetna contract and vote on it before the UFT casts its weighted hugely influential vote at the MLC?
A reasonable question for sure. After Mulgrew responded by being hostile toward her, Luli did not back down but followed up by stating that she is looking out for our retirees.
For now, we know the pattern DC 37 set for wage increases is well below inflation, there are no new healthcare concessions for this round of bargaining but we still owe the City $600 million annually from the last round of bargaining, and Mulgrew himself will vote on Mulgrewcare at the Municipal Labor Committee. The DA and Executive Board will have no say and Mulgrew was hostile when it was suggested that representatives vote on Mulgrewcare.