Times article out on how union contract negotiations may go under de Blasio.
All I know is, not only did teachers not get the 8% raises all the other unions got under the last pattern, we gave up concessions via the APPR teacher evaluation law that include a loss of tenure, yearly ratings tied to test scores, and a lot more work under the Danielson rubric.
I blame my union leadership as much for that as I do Bloomberg, Cuomo, and Obama.
Nonetheless, the point is, when the papers start talking about how the unions have to give concessions on health care, pensions, work rules, etc. in order to get raises, teachers can truthfully say that we already gave concessions when the UFT signed off on RttT, we gave again when the UFT agreed with NYSUT's decision to drop the lawsuit against APPR back in in February 2012, and we gave one last time when the UFT leadership hailed NYSED Commissioner King as an independent arbitrator for the imposition of the ADVANCE teacher evaluation system on NYC teachers.
No concessions this time around - we gave plenty already.