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The 2005 UFT Contract

Last Fall, 2005 the United Federation of Teachers went through contract negotiations. A tentative deal was struck October 4; there were work-rule and time givebacks, and extra money. A furious discussion ensued; for a while the outcome was in doubt. There were debates in schools, at union meetings, in discussions, everywhere. There was much written in the dailies, and on EdWize.

I e-mailed my thoughts to a bunch of teachers, who shared them with others. You can look here and see what I said.

In the end, the contract was approved by about 63% – 37% (but closer among teachers: 60% – 40%).

Here is the Memorandum of Agreement, which was incorporated into the new contract.

this is what I e-mailed to some new math teachers, mostly in the Bronx, mostly high school, some middle school, and the high schools are more small than large, but mixed. I am aware that some of the teachers reproduced and distributed parts in their schools. I am also aware of at least one school where the inactive, Unity supporting chapter leader, stopped their distribution. These e-mails reached between 100 and 500 UFTers, probably much closer to the lower number.

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The originals were in 7 separate e-mails, sent over the course of four days in October 2005. I will try to reproduce each as a separate, commentable post.

Nothing has been edited, save me removing my own name.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2006 pm31 9:57 pm 9:57 pm

    August 18, 2006. Added links for forms: Salary Step Placement and Salary Differential (+ a guide to placement and differential. All from the NYC Department of Ed’s web site)

  2. August 20, 2006 pm31 1:21 pm 1:21 pm

    Congratulations on finding an updated salary chart/pay scale. When I use the links on the UFT’s web site all I get is the salary chart form Sept. 2002.

  3. August 21, 2006 am31 12:47 am 12:47 am

    The UFT web site has lots of good information, and quite a bit that needs updating. It has been improving, but slowly. When you find bad links, please e-mail them and let them know.

    The correct tables are at the UFT site. Click “Member Services.” The page is divided into 4 horizontal strips of links. On the left hand side of the third strip is “money matters.” The 3rd link is salary schedules.

    When you tell them about the bad links, let them know what you clicked to get there. That will help them either update that link, or delete it.

  4. August 26, 2006 pm31 5:31 pm 5:31 pm

    August 25, 2006. Updated links to Salary Step Placement and Salary Differential forms. DoE must have done the changeover from to this week, and the old (just 1 week!) links died.

  5. January 27, 2007 pm31 12:00 pm 12:00 pm

    totally agree

  6. ideafix permalink
    July 4, 2008 am31 4:50 am 4:50 am

    The 2005 contract is “unsmart.” We are not getting more pay, we are working more. To boot, open market only benefits new teachers. Since age is a privilege we should all look forward to, new teachers will become old, one day.
    The loss of seniority in clustering for positions was a tremendous mistake. In my school, very good teachers are having their careers and self esteem ruined by letters in their files. They can’t leave because the principal blacklists them to other principals. It is very sad.

  7. October 1, 2014 am31 8:28 am 8:28 am

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