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A few of my questions about this proposed contract

May 5, 2014 pm31 1:32 pm
Answers to some of these questions may already be out there.
If you know answers, please let me know.
If I missed big questions, please let me know.
  • Does the agreement increase per session by the same per cents as salary?
  • Will there be retro on any per session we worked?
  • Is per diem pay going up?
  • Will members get a schedule of future payments (how much they can expect)
  • Will people who resigned receive retro?
  • Will people who take a leave receive retro?
  • Will people who move into another chapter receive retro? (eg, teacher to guidance counselor)
  • Will people who moved from a UFT position to another position with the Board receive retro (ex. Secretary to Business Manager, or Teacher to AP)
  • Will we earn interest on the retro?
  • Will retro just cover the period from 2010 – May 2015?  
  • Or will retro also cover the period from May 2015 – May 2018? (ie, 6% for 15-16, 4% for 16-17, 2% for 17-18)
  • The union’s letter said retro for someone making $100,000 in 2009 would be more than $40,000. I calculate $49,000. Is this a discrepancy?
  • Please explain where the savings is coming from, in some detail. (I don’t put things in all capital letters. If I did it anywhere, it would be here)
  • Do we have to document parent contact?  Is this going to be a source of more paperwork?
Highly Effective
  • How will validators be chosen? How will teachers qualify?  Highly Effective? Effective? National Board Certification?
  • If you get HE, the number of observations goes down to 3. Will these be full observations, drive bys, or a mix?
  • Is the bonus money for Masters, Models, and Ambassadors paid out of the school budget?  
  • Do Master Teachers do AP work?
  • Who is eligible to vote?  (Active member today, or at any time during the life of the contract until today?)
  • There are non-DoE schools (including charter schools) represented by the UFT. Some contracts are based on the UFT pay scale. Will those people be getting raises, retro, etc?
Abusive Administrators
  • Is there any increased protection against abusive administrators (of whom there are 100s in this system)
  • Is there any increased protection against incompetent administrators (of whom there are 100s in this system)
  • Is there any recourse for probationary teachers who were unfairly discontinued by abusive or incompetent administrators?
  • Do those probationary teachers lose their retroactive pay?
There are things we lost in the last dozen years, especially the 2005 contract,  that are not addressed in this proposed contract. Which are priority items to fix, and what is the strategy to fix them outside of contract negotiations?
6 Comments leave one →
  1. chaz permalink
    May 5, 2014 pm31 2:40 pm 2:40 pm

    You need to also ask how will terminal leave play into the pay raise if a person retires January 31st. Do they get the May 1st raise?

  2. chaz permalink
    May 5, 2014 pm31 2:46 pm 2:46 pm

    You forgot the ATR issue. What is unprofessional conduct? How will the union and DOE encourage principals to hire ATRs?

  3. May 5, 2014 pm31 7:19 pm 7:19 pm

    Hi JD2718,
    Please wait for the source material to effectively answer contract-based questions.
    Put another way, we at least need the proposed contract document to answer the questions you raised in a professional or scholarly fashion.


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