Municipal unions are in contract negotiations as contracts for nearly all City workers have expired. The two largest unions, DC 37 and the UFT, are meeting separately with the City.
DC 37 appears to be ahead of the UFT. That is important as the first City worker union that settles establishes a pattern for salary increases. Every union that follows basically receives a financial package that must adhere to that pattern.
In this update, DC 37 writes about bargaining on raises and interestingly mentions maintaining premium free healthcare as part of their bargaining. We know the UFT is also in negotiations but they are secret. The UFT won't even admit that healthcare is a subject of negotiations.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew did say this to Gothamist:
“Right now, I don't think the city is prepared to actually give all city workers the raises they deserve,” said Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, which represents 120,000 workers currently employed by the Department of Education, during a phone interview on Tuesday.
“I think you're going to have to see some friction,” he added. The contract for the teachers’ union expired in September.
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