Most of the bloggers in the New York City education blogosphere have been critical or outright contemptuous of the contract proposal between the UFT and the city that was announced on Thursday.
Once it became apparent that no more than 2% compensation would hit the salary step ladder this calendar year if the contract is passed, initial comments on the UFT Facebook page and on the Internet were pretty negative over the deal.
It's been less than 72 hours since the contract agreement was announced and I'm already seeing some shifting feelings from commenters on the contract agreement - even here at Perdido Street School blog.
Once some of the anger over the delayed compensation and "retro" has subsided, it seems some rank-and-filers are looking at what they're making when the final 5% of the contract increases and "retro" pay gets added to the step ladder in May
2018, noting that its 18% more than they're making now, and getting ready to hold their noses
over the 2% increase for next year and vote for the contract.
The odious '05 contract passed 63%-37%, though if I remember
correctly, that one was front-loaded with money to make the concessions
they were making us swallow go down easier.
This contract agreement back-ends the money and that's going to be the toughest part of the sell for the UFT leadership.
What are you hearing and seeing out there?
Is the anger over the contract, the delayed "retro" and backended salary increases, the ATR provisions and other work rule changes, still as palpable as it was on Friday morning?
Or is the shift from anger to resignation over the contract that the UFT leadership is counting on already starting to happen for many rank-and-file members?