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 Mayor has the power to unilaterally rescind the proposed layoffs, and Iím 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 schoolsí budget problems, such as opting into the stateís 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 teachersí 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 Gail Robinson on June 2, 2010, 11:38 am
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