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Then candidate, now New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Chalk up another big change from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to current Mayor Bill de Blasio: After more than four years without a contract, the mayor and United Federation of Teachers announced a tentative deal Thursday. The nine-year contract must be voted on by the city's teachers, according to the union:
Under the deal, the more than 100,000 teachers, guidance counselors, nurses and other UFT members in the schools would get an 18 percent pay increase that includes two retroactive increases of 4 percent that have already been paid to other city unions. They will receive a 1 percent pay increase every May for three years beginning in May 2013. In May 2016, they will receive a 1.5 percent raise, followed by 2.5 percent in May 2017 and 3 percent in May 2018. Members would also receive a $1,000 bonus upon ratification. [...]

The city and the UFT have identified a menu of potential significant ways to cut costs on health care while maintaining benefits for city employees. These measures, such as more efficient purchasing of health care services, must be approved by the Municipal Labor Committee.

The health care cost reductions are a key part of the agreement:
Martin Scheinman, a mediator who was lavishly praised by Mr. de Blasio for bringing the two sides to terms, would be empowered to require specific savings measures if the union does not produce the $1.3 billion in cuts, according to an official involved in the negotiations who insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.
The hope is that other unions will join in making similar cost-cutting agreements, though they have yet to be sold on that idea and how it works out for teachers will obviously play a major role in whether other unions follow suit. Other provisions in the deal will make changes to teacher evaluations and other work rules.

Whether the contract goes into effect is up to New York City's teachers, and how it works out will remain to be seen. But simply by negotiating, de Blasio has changed course in a big way from Bloomberg's practices—which is, of course, what he was elected to do.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri May 02, 2014 at 09:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by New York City and Daily Kos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  MAN - deBlasio's been taking so (8+ / 0-)

    much heat from right wing media here in the city. It's just astonishing to watch as opposed to the Bloomberg years.  The GM of Fox 5 here in NYC (Lew something) seems to come out with some treacherous nonsense against the Mayor monthly in his opinion segment.  He's clearly a fan of the charter school/Moskowitz area and solidly against Union teachers.

    The Bloomberg position was to call any Union member a "thug" and tell them it was his way or the highway. That's what passed for "negotiation" during his tenure.

  •  Anyone know how this final deal differs from (2+ / 0-)
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    what the teachers were demanding?

    Them's fightin' words!!!

    by Leo Sagittarius on Fri May 02, 2014 at 02:29:02 PM PDT

  •  So Nice....... (4+ / 0-)
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    edwardssl, jbsoul, Mostel26, Risen Tree

    To see New York have a progressive Mayor unlike that rich snob Michael Bloomberg.

    It's time to have good policies for the poor and middle class and not just the rich.

  •  I just hope... (0+ / 0-)

    ...the unions will allow Parent-Teacher conferences to take place in the evening. It is a real pain to have to take off a day of work to go to a conference at 1:30PM on a Tuesday.

    If you are an hourly worker, it is even harder.

    There is a nearby charter school that runs Parent-Teacher conferences as late as 7PM.

    •  Are they really necessary? (0+ / 0-)

      In the short time allowed for each parent to meet with the teacher the conversation usually consists of "so, your child is doing great. They have an A" which you knew all along, or "your kid is a loser, they have an F" which you would also have known. The overwhelming majority of parents who attend Parent-Teacher conferences are the parents of the high achieving students. You can have a teacher call you at any time if you have any questions, or shoot them off an email. The ten minute face-to-face meetings are pointless. I have worked in schools for almost twenty years, and I have three kids. I know.
      Also teachers are human. They have lives, often with families to attend to in the evening. I think every school in America has "back-to-school night" which allows you to meet the staff, see your child's classroom, etc.

      •  Parent-teacher... (0+ / 0-)

        ...conferences are incredibly useful.  At least the one's I've been to. The teachers know their stuff and have always given helpful feedback and suggestions on what my wife and I can do to improve things.

        It's just that 2:30PM on a Tuesday is kinda harsh.

    •  Evening conferences are routine (1+ / 0-)
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      Ours go to 8:00PM, NYC, public school, this is standard procedure - not sure what you are talking about here...

    •  Schools in NYC have parent teacher conferences (0+ / 0-)

      in the afternoons? I've never heard of that.

      •  Required, as far as I can tell (1+ / 0-)
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        We are required to have two days of PT conferences, twice per year at present. One day (twice per year) is dedicated to afternoon conferences (typically 12:30 - 3:00 or so) and the second conference (twice per year) for evening hours (5:00-8:00PM).  They are required to be on different days (Usually a Thu/Fri for high schools.) These are pretty inflexible rules - my school tried to tinker with the schedule (to actually give us more time with parents) but we were overruled by higher ups. My sons have attended 3 different schools (elementary, HS) and I have taught at 3 different schools - always the same protocol.

        UFT Flier
        DOE Memo

  •  Charlie Rose tried very hard to get him (8+ / 0-)

    to bad mouth the teachers, but got this instead:

    “There were things we disagreed on, but we always had tremendous amount of common language in terms of working with each other, respect, understanding that teachers are part of the solution. And I believe that fundamentally,” said Mr. de Blasio.

    “I think the fact is that, although I’ve had a very positive and a philosophically kindred dynamic with the labor movement, labor is a very diverse constituency,” he continued, noting that many unions did not endorse him in the Democratic primary. “What I have said to people is, look, it’s not about whether we agree on every issue, or are our interests always going to align. It’s about the fact that I do honor the history and the meaning of the labor movement, and i think there’s a natural partnership to make this city work.”

  •  So far been reading the UFT contract (2+ / 0-)
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    and there are a lot of stuff in the contract that my gf & I like so far. The retroactive raises will mean a lot to us this year. So far I have not read any concessions that have made me do a double take. Certainly a massive change from Bloomberg where the conversation was how much are we going to cut from teachers salaries, health benefits & retirement. Remember that Bloomberg could not reach an agreement with 17 of the cities unions, even with their offerings of concessions. This on a while seems very positive & I think NYC teachers are going to vote to ratify the contract.  

    “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

    by Tool on Sat May 03, 2014 at 06:01:52 AM PDT

  •  1 percent raises... (0+ / 0-)

    ...and reductions in healthcare benefits?
    That's SHIT!
    That's the Overton Window at it's worst.
    Republican Governor George Pataki used to negotiate better contracts with state workers, to backslaps and accolades from conservatives and to the chagrin of the state unions, than the NYC liberal is now negotiating with teachers.  

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