Backpay Problem

farinaAs you probably know, there are questions about the UFT-negotiated contract. There’s a backpay problem, or, better yet, there are several.

Administrators: If you became an administrator since 2009, are you going to get the backpay you’re entitled to? This may depend on the CSA contract negotiation.

Teachers: If you retire before 2020, will you get your full backpay? If you move into administration, what will happen? Is your healthcare affected by the $1 billion in savings that the contract promised (but didn’t spell out)?

Here’s another backpay problem, which the NY Post pointed out: There were more retirees since 2009 than the city expected, and the UFT and city agreed to cap the payout at $180 million. These two, taken together, mean that the contract will cost the city $50 million more than anticipated.

UFT Protest planned

Now, we hate to link to this Post editorial, because of the setup — the Post shows a picture of Michael Mulgrew, Carmen Farina, and Bill De Blasio yukking it up at a podium, as if they’ve “put one over” on NYers. And that’s indeed the Post article’s thrust: that De Blasio has screwed the taxpayers of NYC, by giving the teachers the backpay they were entitled to, and the raise they were entitled to.

Nevertheless, the article does make a good point: this contract will cost more than anticipated.

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