Barring intervention from a divine source, the financial terms of the next UFT contract will be similar to the terms DC 37 just agreed to that their membership will soon vote on. If we want to break pattern bargaining, it will take a massive mobilization that I don't see as at all likely.
This is the DC 37 summary from them:
This is a 5.5-year contract that actually has about half a year of 0% increases but there is a $3,000 ratification bonus included. The UFT may substitute vacation days or something similar for the bonus. The UFT might lengthen the contract to get the top salary up to 150k by 2026. Or, perhaps more money could be allocated for paras to get a living wage or per session could be increased beyond the percentages DC 37 agreed to. Whatever President Michael Mulgrew does, it will be compatible with the financial pattern DC 37 just established.
Multiple commenters here are saying we should get the fixed TDA increased. The TDA is not going back up to 8.25% unless UFTers want to pay for it with a much lower wage increase. On a happier note, the next UFT contract should also pay retroactively to day one right away unless negotiations drag on for years like they did from 2009-2014.
Please also note that the future of healthcare is still unresolved for all municipal employees. Healthcare is being negotiated behind closed doors with the City and the Municipal Labor Committee.
Having said all of this, the new UFT contract is still not a done deal!
We should in no way just accept DC 37's terms as the UFT agreement. Healthcare must be clear. No more just trusting the MLC. In addition, the non-financial parts of any agreement must also be negotiated and agreed to. Here, the UFT could fight to get back every piece of our dignity that was robbed from us in 2005. If UFTers are resigned to salary increases that don't come close to keeping up with inflation, teachers are in a strong position to make gains in other areas. That would mean more than yet another excess paperwork clause.
How about a maximum of three observations per year like they have in Buffalo? What about real teacher say in transfers and hiring like we used to have or self-directed professional periods like we also had between 1997-2005? I can think of more such as an expedited letter in the file grievance process. The DOE's excuse for ending these grievances was that they took up too much principal time because they had to attend hearings. Now, principals just attend via phone so nobody has to leave a building. These are just a few suggestions. I am sure people reading here can come up with their own nonfinancial gains, but remember, they obviously can't cost the City money.
It is serious negotiation time for the UFT. Get involved NOW if you want to see improved working conditions. Talk to your Chapter Leader on Monday.