The Teachers' Strategy
September 22nd, 2005

United Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten’s decision to use an arbitor’s report as the basis for contract negotiations with the Bloomberg administration – and perhaps go on strike if no agreement is reached by October – has received mixed reviews.

The non-binding proposal recommends pay raises of 11 percent over three years and increasing the starting salary of teachers. But it also calls for lengthening the school day by 10 minutes and curtailing some seniority rights. The plan would cost the city more than $1 billion.

An op-ed in El Diario urged Weingarten and Bloomberg to use the panel’s recommendations to negotiate a settlement, and an editorial from the Chief-Leader, New York City’s independent civil service weekly, seconds that. (Ms. Demeanor on EdWize reproduces it.)

However, an editorial in the New York Sun encouraged the mayor to “refuse to truckle to the teachers.”

And even though 90 percent of the 2,000 UFT delegates approved the plan, many comments on EdWize, the UFT sponsored blog question the strategy.

R. Skibins writes, “We should reject ANY contract offer which includes givebacks.”

Another, named Firefly, is ready to quit the profession. “I’ve run my own business before and I’ll do it again. I loved teaching, but heyenough is finally enough!”

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2 Responses to “The Teachers' Strategy”

  1. cornell Says:
    September 22nd, 2005 at 9:36 pm

    I can verify, that the debate was confined to a few members because when it came time to vote very few voted against the resolution.(perhaps a 100 hands.)

    But, I think the debate is as much an expression of the frustration with the mayor as it is with the fact-finder’s recommendations. NYC teachers leave in droves every year. See this article on the UFT’s website http://www.uft.org/news/teachers_quit/

    There is widespread disgust. They come in for a couple of years, get some experience and then they seek jobs in the suburbs where they instantly earn 10 to 20 per cent more. Many others leave the profession entirely because they are not willing to tolerate the abuse they receive.

  2. Arcelia Purdue Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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