Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Tentative Deal Announced on DOE-UFT Contract

 According to Harlem World Magazine:

Mayor Adams And UFT Reach Tentative Contract Agreement For NYC Educators

New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced that the City of New York has reached a tentative five-plus-year contract agreement with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT).

This agreement will cover approximately 120,000 municipal employees, bringing the total workforce under contract to approximately 66 percent.

The tentative agreement is retroactive, beginning on September 14, 2022, and expires on November 28, 2027. It conforms to the economic pattern established by the agreement with District Council (DC) 37 earlier this year, and includes wage increases of three percent for each of the first three years of the contract, 3.25 percent in the fourth year, and 3.50 percent in the fifth year. The agreement also includes a $3,000 lump sum ratification bonus for all UFT members and a first-of-its-kind annual retention payment to be paid in May of each year, beginning with $400 in 2024, $700 in 2025, and $1,000 in 2026 and every year thereafter. These payments will help the city retain its valuable educators, especially those earning lower annual salaries.

The tentative agreement also establishes New York City public schools as the first major school system in the nation to offer an expansive voluntary virtual learning program, ultimately available to all high school students and at least some middle school students. This virtual learning program will give students access to a much broader set of course offerings across the city and the ability to take classes at non-traditional times, like evenings and weekends, and is not a substitute for in-person learning. Additionally, this groundbreaking initiative will allow New York City public schools to expand course offerings to students who don’t currently have access to the full range of accelerated courses, and to reach students for whom traditional in-person schedules don’t work, for example students with full-time jobs. Further, teachers leading virtual classes will have the option of teaching from locations that work best for their class. Virtual classes will be offered through a citywide program as well as through school-based programs.

“Our city’s educators work each and every day to provide a brighter future for our children and our city, and they deserve to be paid a fair wage,” said Mayor Adams. “Today’s agreement includes major victories, including wage increases and additional programs to retain our educators, along with groundbreaking new programs, like the option of a virtual learning program, to ensure our students receive a world-class education. I thank UFT President Michael Mulgrew, OLR Commissioner Renee Campion, and DOE Chancellor David Banks for reaching this historic agreement.”

“Thank you to UFT President Michael Mulgrew for working with the city on this contract that provide fair compensation to our teachers and other educators while delivering important programs to benefit our school children,” said New York City Office of Labor Relations Commissioner Renee Campion. “I also would like to thank Chancellor Banks and his team for their partnership in negotiating this contract.”

“Today marks a significant turning point in the history of public education in our city,” said New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks. “The collaborative agreement between Mayor Adams and the UFT is a testament to the commitment and dedication we all share to uplift our students and enrich their lives. The wage increases and retention payments will strengthen our workforce by investing in our educators and their vital work. Equally exciting is our bold step into the future with the implementation of an expansive virtual-learning program. This program stands to provide equal opportunities for all our students, transcending traditional barriers and making education more accessible than ever before. The future of New York City public schools looks brighter today with this collaborative agreement, and I stand shoulder-to-shoulder with all of our educators as we set out on this transformative journey.”

“As our parents and community members know, the city’s public-school educators need to be respected, appropriately paid, and have more autonomy in how they do their jobs. This tentative contract accomplishes all these goals,” said Michael Mulgrew, president, UFT.

The tentative agreement must be ratified by UFT’s membership, and would apply to teachers, paraprofessionals, school secretaries, guidance counselors, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, staff nurses, and supervisors of school security.

The total cost of the tentative UFT agreement through Fiscal Year 2027 will be $6.4 billion, which is funded in the labor reserve in the proposed Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget.

In addition to wage increases planned over the next five-plus years, the tentative agreement includes:

  • Annual Retention Payments: UFT members will receive a retention payment of $400 in May of 2024, $700 in May of 2025, and $1,000 in May of 2026 and every May thereafter.
  • Virtual Learning Program: The DOE will offer an expansive voluntary virtual learning program to all high school students and some middle school students. This program will allow for flexible class scheduling, like weeknights and weekends, and the opportunity for educators to teach virtually.

UFT members will receive the following compounded wage increases:

  • September 14, 2022: 3.00%
  • January 18, 2024: 3.00%
  • January 18, 2025: 3.00%
  • September 14, 2025: 3.25%
  • September 14, 2026: 3.50%


  1. So, a contract that mentions nothing material. No paperwork reduction, no defined online responsibilities/options. The timing of the September/January deal means we wait more than a year for the 2nd increase. The "bigger" 3.25 and 3.5 essentially hit later to make it a 3 percent raise annually overall. I could create a formula and spreadsheet but it's not really worth my time. It is back loaded like our retro which again was paid years late with no interest.

    I'm not a fan and won't vote for it.

    But, the 3k $$$ will seal the deal with the Unity propaganda team.

  2. Do the math: 5.9% inflation for 2022 and 8.7% inflation for 2023 = 14.6% inflation rate over the last two years.

    This contract gives 3% plus 3% for the first two years = 6% wage increase.

    WOW , UFT negotiated an -8.6% (wage decrease).
    6% - 14.6% =-8.6%

    This contract really hurts us all.
    a 8.6% wage cut.

    Los Angeles teachers union got a 7% per year increase for 3 years.

    Unfortunately, I think most UFT teachers are really foolish and they will vote to approve this.

    Lets vote this down this piece of crap contract.
    We deserve and can get a better contract.

    Finally, what other sneaky givebacks were made by the UFT on Health Insurance?

    What is the the corrupt, incompetent UFT giving up to NYC on our Health Insurance and the Health Insurance of our retirees?

  3. We have a much better option than accepting a 8.6% pay cut.
    We can vote to sit down and go on strike.

  4. In what world does 3% 3% 3% 3.25% and 3.5% equal $56,761 for Para’s? I’ve never even seen anyone that attained a salary step past Educational Associate (which top pay is 38k currently). With the current raises the pay will be at $45,240 which is complete garbage. A 6k raise? You get more money per hour working at a fast for chain. In any case, to give paras the same raise as teachers is a slap in the face. While the teachers have the same % at least they hit 100k much sooner now and their raises are much more dollar amount due to their higher salary. You have put the Para’s on the backburner for far too long and they should all vote no. At this rate Para’s should explore starting their own union since they get no respect in the DOE

  5. Note that the 2nd and 3rd 3% increases are delayed and scheduled for January 18, 2024 and January 18th, 2025.
    There are lots of tricks put into this contract by Mulgrew working with the DOE to cheat you UFT members.

    They won't even discuss the hidden tricks that they have made on the side to erode and degrade your health insurance. They want to keep those tricks hidden from you and gaslight you into agreeing to this inflation driven huge pay cut.


    Just think. Why does it needs so many sweeteners if this is such a good contract?

    The contract is incredibly sour and rancid. That is why they put in a ton of artificial sweeteners.

  6. The new Action blogger said:"these bonuses, and therefore will not be pensionable.". I remember we talked about this when DC37 had its contract, at that time, we were told the $3000 incentive was pensionable. Let's get this cleared. Thanks.

  7. Now that the MOA is posted please take the time to read it thoroughly as I am doing right now. I'm seeing that it seems that the 6 hour 45 minute workday is one of the pre-approved SBOs so what I posted before was not correct.

  8. If the contract is so great then why are there so many incentives? I will read to find that out myself but the vast majority of the UFT lapdogs are anxiously awaiting the scraps that mikey mildew and his merry band of 500 zombies have slapped together and will vote yes no matter what.

  9. Not great, but fair. We were never getting 8% per year.
    $3K now.
    Retro now.
    The yearly May bonus.
    3% every year for 5 years.

    Question, can someone take terminal leave and then resign, or is terminal only into retirement? Resign, as in, I'm too young to retire.

  10. The NYS property tax cap is what is really setting the pattern for NYC public employee raises. Currently the 2023 pattern is 2%. School districts around the state are hard pressed to offer raises that exceed the cap. Even though the tax cap doesn't apply to NYC, the raises that are given to state employees set the defacto pattern for the city.

  11. Glad your bac around James, had that queasy chaz feeling.

    How in the world was per-session lost in the mix. Should have gone up with the 3% raise or been negotiated to at least 60.

    in 5 years, 54 is shit money it's already shit. Finally put 12 weeks for parental leave for both parents. Some good wins here.

  12. The per session is going to be increased up to 63 by 2026, so another little win there too.

  13. Four Important Points

    1) NY City and the UFT are testing with this bad contract how stupid and short sighted the UFT members are really are. They expect you to jump for their signing bonus which is the bait they have set for you
    and to trick you.

    2) The UFT is hiding what they are going to do wreck your health insurance after they fool you into voting for this bad, crappy contract.

    They are getting rid of GHI Emblem and replacing it with another health insurance plan that will save NY City 10% at your expense. That 10% will come from "cost sharing" on you, fewer choice for your doctors, managed care and pre-authorizations/benefit denials.

    The UFT won't tell you about this because they want this contract
    voted for and approved. The UFT is not your friend and they do not fulfill any "fiduciary responsibility" toward protecting your hared earned benefits.

    In effect the UFT is in collusion with NY city to reduce your benefits. What Mulgrew wants and represents is not in your interest.

    3) The contract is filled with gimmicks to get you to vote for it and with gimmicks to save NY City money at your expense.

    4) Finally, why would anyone vote for this contract when the UFT has not told you about your cut in health insurance? The health insurance is absolutely connected at the hip to the contract.
    The reason the contract completion was delayed from September 13, 2022 until June 2023 is because of health insurance. The city was waiting for Mulgrew to fulfill his backroom betrayal deal of our MLC retirees as he had promised NYC during the last contract in 2018.

    Get the word out to vote against this crappy contract. We can get
    a better contract.

  14. Hi All,

    I am not jumping for joy but I do have my own questions. I don't see anything positive or negative related to Healthcare. That is an antenna raiser for me.

    Second, we have never received a contract of 5 straight year with 3/3+ percent raises since I can remember. The numbers in the raises are good. We were NEVER getting raise percentages to keep up with inflation. Three percent was the standard cost of living raise pre-CoVid, and that's what it will be in this environment.

    Third, I think the tracking of Parent Engagement will be a nightmare. We have 100 minutes per week in the building (this is something we already do). Someone mentioned that we work 20 more minutes a day. On the UFT website it states that the school day remains the same.

    Lastly, I think the raises that are delayed until January are made up for by giving 2 raises within 9 months. January and September for 2025 and for 2026. All in all, I have looked and I can't find anything that is blatant and stands out for negative reasoning here. I think the contract is pretty good. I'm not here to call people names and be nasty to anyone. If anyone can find anything from the "Contract at a Glance" or whatever page, please let me know so I can vote no. For now, I am voting yes!

    Top salary goes to 151K, making a pension for 30 years a little over $90K. Retro pay for a year, plus a 3 percent raise from September 2022, a 3K signing bonus. Then a raise in January 2024 (which is 6 months away). Two raises essentially from September 2023 to January 2024. Once again, if I don't see anything negative, please show me because I want to be as informed as possible.

  15. It's NOT what you SEE, it's what you DON'T see!!!!! Where is the health insurance bomb? Do you really trust Mulscrew?

  16. Bonus is NOT pensionable per MOA-

    Fliers for cars? Posters, tweets, get it out there... NO!

  17. Ok so for the people pushing the Healthcare narrative... let me ask this...
    1. How do you know? Don't just give me the you're being naive act. How do you actually know?

    2. Let's assume you're right. Ok so you propose what? We vote no... strike... get idk 5% raises magically.... and what? Do you think that'll somehow make the Healthcare not be affected? Short of some sort of guarantee in the contract that Healthcare won't be changed... I dont see how voting no works out for us.

    I get wanting more but the only play is to vote no and strike, which btw would be really unpopular and not supported by the general public.

  18. Current retirees and those close to retirement accepted very small raises in years past in order to keep certain healthcare coverage, then and in the future. Now, NYC and my union are telling us that they are going to change the healthcare coverage anyway. Yes, we were swindled. How is this acceptable to anyone?

    If they want to change health coverage, begin with those new to teaching.

    I would be fine with a 3% wage increase if NYC was truly in financial distress. Considering Mayor Adams throws billions towards useless DOE leadership and school failure and wastes millions, perhaps billions more, on NYC programs and initiatives that are counter-productive for the well being of NYC taxpayers, it is just another lie that the City cannot afford a better wage increase.

    Mayor Adams and Mulgrew, similar to the majority of politicians, simply lie, convince you of what is good for you, waste your tax dollars, smile, shake hands, attend social events and do whatever they want. The teachers, vote for these people, have no thought of their own, get shafted, and just go along like lemmings.

  19. Voting no doesn't mean a strike. It means we want to know what's in the contract BEFORE SIGNING

  20. I would really like to see far more print/details than just "contract at a glance." It only highlights the positives. The negatives or anything else worth considering might be buried in there.

    1. Then look at the Moa on the website and read the entire thing.


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