Wednesday, May 07, 2014
By Beth Fertig
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.
Friday, May 02, 2014
By Beth Fertig
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.
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.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
By Beth Fertig
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.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
By Janet Babin : Economic Development Reporter, WNYC News
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.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
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.
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.