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Delegates Recommend a Yes Vote for Teachers Contract

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Delegates from the United Federation of Teachers approved the proposed contract, sending it to their members for a final vote. But after going without a contract since 2009, some said they had to accept the deal even if the raises weren't as high as they would have liked.

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Schoolbook

Teachers, Principals Looking For Big Changes in School Days

Friday, May 02, 2014

If approved by the union, the new teacher contract will require teachers to spend more time in professional development and meeting parents — a tradeoff some educators said makes sense, but others question.

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WNYC News

The de Blasio Budget: A Tale of Two Pies

Monday, November 18, 2013

Put on Mayor-Elect Billl de Blasio's to do list: negotiating new contracts for almost 300,000 workers, who say they're owed as much as $7 billion in back pay from a roughly $70 billion budget.

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Schoolbook

Meeting Yields No Resolution of Bus Strike

Monday, January 28, 2013

The year 1979 was in the air today, as the mediator who helped negotiate the end to the 13-week school bus strike then, Judge Milton Mollen, returned to meet with both the union and representatives of the bus company owners at Gracie Mansion. The meeting ended with no reported progress.

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Schoolbook

Teachers at 24 Schools Receive Status Updates

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The city sent letters Wednesday giving instructions to thousands of teachers whose careers are in limbo while the Bloomberg administration and the teachers' union continue their legal battle over the city's turnaround effort at 24 schools. Teachers at the struggling schools do not have to take any action in order to reclaim their jobs but Tweed officials want to know who is seeking transfers and jobs elsewhere.

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Transportation Nation

MTA, Unions May Be Talking for A While

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Subways and buses are still running in New York City - despite the lack of a contract between about 34-thousand New York City Transport Workers Union Local 100 members and their employer, the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

Neither side offered an update, as talks continued Tuesday to reach an agreement.  The union contract expired Sunday.

But sources close to the negotiations say the MTA is pushing for a 5-year collective bargaining agreement, while the union wants a shorter term. Until the early 1980’s the union and the MTA usually made 2 year agreements.  Then the contracts got longer.  The Union opposes longer contracts that might cut its members out of any increases.

Other sticking points include heath care and wage increases.  The union wants raises to match the increasing cost of living, while the MTA wants to keep payroll costs down, as part of statewide budget cuts.

Healthcare is another point of contention.  The MTA wants union members to pay more for their healthcare, to counter spiraling health expenses.  The union says the increases add up to between $4,500 and $5,000-dollars per year out of pocket for workers.  That translates to lost earnings for middle class workers, the union said.

The negotiations could drag on; the MTA laid off about 1,000 workers in 2010, and the workforce is pretty spare.  MTA is not expected to lay off more workers this year.  At some point, both sides could declare an impasse, and arbitration would have to take place.

The last transit workers strike was in December, 2005.  It lasted three days and stranded millions of people, stuck without subway and bus service.

 

 

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WNYC News

Strike Looms as Cleaners' Contract Negotiations Continue

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Office cleaners and building management returned to the bargaining table Wednesday for round-the-clock discussions, attempting to settle on a four year contract before the January 1 deadline. Members of the union, 32BJ, have ordered a strike if a deal is not reached, and say both sides are at loggerheads now.

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The Takeaway

All Eyes on New York Jets' Darrell Revis

Friday, August 06, 2010

Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks ahead to what may be threatening the Superbowl hopes of the New York Jets. One of the best players in the league, cornerback Darrell Revis, is crying foul about a complex contract deal. The player is coming off a breakout year and is holding out for a major salary increase before payment rules change.

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