UFT, city need to settle on a contract

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This October will be four years since the United Federation of Teachers contract expired.

The teachers of this city have continued to work under the auspices of the old contract, but it is now time for Michael Mulgrew, the UFT president, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to stop the delays, sit down at the negotiating table and hammer out a contract for the teachers that is fair, affordable and acceptable.

Teachers work hard to educate their students, and under less-than-ideal conditions, with unsupportive administrators, difficult students, a lack of classroom teaching materials and overcrowded classrooms, which makes everyday teaching almost impossible.

But they rise to the occasion and come through. Now, enough stalling and bureaucratic infighting. Mulgrew, Bloomberg and Walcott: Get to work and come up with a much-deserved and well-earned teacher contract that is fair, affordable and decent for the more than 80,000 teachers and other UFT staff members of this city.

They deserve this much and much more.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

Posted 12:23 am, March 22, 2013
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Buddy Figliuzzi from Wakefield, Bronx says:
Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' inflation calculator, a teacher would need $1.08 in 2013 to maintain the buying power of a $1 in 2009 - the last year in which NY City teachers received a contractual raise. Hence, NY City teachers have taken an 8% paycut over the last four years.
March 27, 2013, 5:12 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Teachers lost all respect for the following reason. State DOE crammed down the throat what they call "Collaborative classes". This is the mixing of special ed students with mainstream students. Parents of mainstream students were never notified by anyone. The education officials attempted to ram it down out throats. Teachers did nothing! They were participants in this social engineering experiment that is doomed for failure!If teachers didnt see fit to notify mainstream parents i see no need to stick up for teachers pay issues. The hell with them!
March 27, 2013, 10:37 am
Rick D from Bellerose, Queens says:
Teachers are working without a contract, heck, so are most city workers! I'm surprised the Ledger reprints this guy's one-note whine every couple of weeks.
March 28, 2013, 4:42 pm
Brian Gavin from Ridgewood says:
Rick D - currently all city unions are working under expired contracts, and suffer because the Mayor's total disconnect with the needs of working people. The rest of the city, with the sole exception of the teachers union, got at least a 2 year contract with 4% raise each year, setting the pattern. No raise for 4 years with a rising cost of living has caused real difficulty for a lot of people. Is there anything inaccurate with what John Amato said? Lou from Bayside - Federal law 94-142 IDEA mandates these changes you are talking about. The law is the law, and your anger should be directed at the people who set policy, your elementary school teacher is not running the federal or state govt. Talk to your child's principal and teachers about your concerns.
March 30, 2013, 4:31 pm
Rick D from Bellerose says:

Locksmiths and Locksmith Supervisors have not received a raise and are without a contract since 2007.
April 6, 2013, 6:26 pm

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