NYC, Teachers Union Reach Tentative 43-Month Deal

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NYC, Teachers Union Reach Tentative 43-Month Deal

October 11, 2018 - 4:30 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- New York City public school teachers have reached a tentative deal on a new union contract that includes extra pay for positions that are hard to staff.
The agreement announced Thursday between the city and the United Federation of Teachers also includes raises of 2 percent in 2019, 2.5 percent in 2020 and 3 percent in 2021.

Under the deal, up to 180 schools that have struggled to retain teachers will be able to pay $5,000 to $8,000 extra for teachers in hard-to-staff positions.  

The contract also includes plans for a new screening test to determine whether prospective teachers are psychologically suitable. The test is being developed.

“With this agreement, 1.1 million New York City students will get the school system they deserve, and more than 129,000 educators will get the salary, resources and support they need to continue molding our future leaders,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

UFT President Michael Mulgrew said the deal "takes some radical steps by putting key decision-making powers in the schools."

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the accord also has a blueprint meant to strengthen struggling schools.

The so-called Bronx Plan is aimed at retaining teachers in schools, which have had historically high rates of teacher attrition. Teachers in up to 180 schools will be able to receive an additional $5,000 to $8,000 a year in hard-to-staff positions.

“Now the way it works that once a school has identified a subject area – so I’m just going to use this as an example – let’s say we haven’ t been able to hire a math teacher or math teachers for years and years. There’s a constant churn,” said schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. “Then, once we identify that as a subject area, then the math teachers for that school get that differential.”

Mayor de Blasio added: “Great schools, great teachers – and it’s not enough to recruit a great teacher. You have to develop a great teacher. You have to keep that great teacher. You have to make sure they are where the need is greatest. This is what allows us to do it.”

The contract covers 129,000 workers. They include 79,000 teachers plus guidance counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals and school psychologists.