Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Yasmeen Khan
The city's teachers union has released its own grim analysis of teacher attrition rates in New York City, possibly a move to position itself for contract negotiations with Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Monday, February 17, 2014
By Yasmeen Khan
Teachers union president Michael Mulgrew speaks on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show about contracts, teacher retention and reducing a paperwork burden on school staff.
Monday, April 02, 2012
By Tracey Samuelson : WHYY
The owners and workers of the legendary Strand Bookstore are in a contract dispute, tussling over the implementation of a two-tier wage system, employee’s healthcare contributions and other benefits.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
NYS Public Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Karen DeWitt has an update on the battle between the Public Employees Federation and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Earlier this week PEF voted against a contract negotiated between the union's leadership and the governor's office. Now, PEF is hoping to bring the Governor back to the bargaining table.
Two days after one of the state’s two major worker unions rejected a contract, the Public Employees Federation President says he has “new ideas” for a contract settlement, and is anxious to meet with Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss options to avert the 3500 lay offs ordered by the governor.
Cuomo said the union should “reconsider” and has asked PEF to vote again on the same contract, which was defeated 54 percent to 46 percent. The message from the Cuomo administration is that a second vote on the same contract offer is the only way to rescind the nearly 3500 lay off notices that were distributed.
The governor settled a similar contract with the state’s other major union, the CSEA, and those union members who are exempt from any lay offs.
But PEF spokeswoman Darcy Wells said holding another vote on the same deal likely won’t make a difference.
“There’s no reason to believe our members would vote any differently,” Wells said.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Late last night, after a long day of counting, the membership of CSEA--the state's largest public employees union--ratified the contract, 60 percent to 40 percent, agreed to by its leadership and Governor Cuomo. The agreement is a big win for Cuomo, as it keeps state budget cost-cutting measures intact, while keeping the good will between the state and the union intact and avoiding layoffs. It was also a win for CSEA leadership, as the vote was essentially a vote of confidence on the part of the membership.
"This is a big, big win--a win for the union and a win for the people of the state," Governor Cuomo said in a statement. "The union avoided layoffs and the state is financially stronger. I’m pleased that our approach of labor and management working together is vindicated. Mutual respect and honest negotiations work."
"These are not ordinary times and CSEA worked hard to reach an agreement that we believed would be in everyone’s best interest," CSEA President Danny Donohue was also quoted as saying. "CSEA members agree that this contract is reasonable and responsible for the long term and shows that CSEA members will do what is right for the good of all New Yorkers. The Governor’s leadership is helping move this state in the right direction."
The agreement means union members won't receive a pay raise until 2014, as well as series of health care reforms that the state says will save more than $1.2 billion over the course of the agreement.