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The Union's Response
June 2nd, 2010

The United Federation of Teachers has just issued this statement by president Michael Mulgrew saying it has not agreed to the Bloomberg administration’s proposal to freeze teacher salaries.

The statement:

“The Mayor has the power to unilaterally rescind the proposed layoffs, and Im glad that he has made the right decision to avoid massive disruptions to our schools. He also has the power to take other steps to help deal with our schools budget problems, such as opting into the states early retirement incentive, which would potentially save hundreds of millions of dollars; and using more of the estimated $3.27 billion surplus that is being rolled into fiscal 2011 to replace reductions in state education funding.

“But he does NOT have the power to unilaterally decide on the teachers contract, and we have reached NO agreement on his proposal to freeze teacher pay. If the Mayor has concrete ideas on the next contract, he and his representatives should bring them to the bargaining table at the Public Employment Relations Board, where our contract is currently in mediation.

“While we have reached no agreement on the next contract, the Mayor and I have agreed to go together to Albany and Washington in the near future to lobby for new resources to prevent devastating budget cuts to our schools, our classrooms, and the communities we serve.”

Meanwhile School Chancellor Joel Klein is about to meet with the press.

By on June 2, 2010, 11:38 am
In category: Education | 2 Comments »

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2 Responses to “The Union's Response”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:35 am

    The dispute comes down to this: do you want the schools destroyed this year by 25/55 and the recession? Or do you want them destroyed next year by 25/55, even if the recession ends.

    It’s amazing what the UFT feels free to say, assuming that since the Mayor was in on 25/55, he won’t respond.

  2. Joe Smith Says:
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:29 am

    The UFT is a total joke! Joel Klein’s strong leadership saved this city from the destruction of the UFT with their work rules!

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