I have long said that the sell-outs at the UFT will agree to the end of salary steps, raises and differentials in the next contract and a move to merit pay and bonuses.
Since the parent AFT leadership is oh so happy to push this kind of contract in places like Baltimore and Newark, you can be sure that they would be happy to push the same kind of contract in New York City.
And now, as NYC Educator points out here, Unity functionary Peter Goodman has put out the first trial balloon today in this post, getting us all ready for the inevitable sell-out that the leadership is going to give us via the PERB "fact-finding":
The UFT is open to merit pay based upon test scores and VAM and the end of steps, differentials and raises.
More than ever, we need MORE.
We have been without a contract for years, we have been asked to do a lot more with fewer resources, we have a whole new evaluation system coming that will require a lot more work and a loss of tenure protection to boot.
And now the leadership is getting us ready for the final nail in the coffin - no raises, no salary steps, no differentials.
Just bonuses and merit pay based on junk science and test scores.
Never mind that Bloomberg has wasted billions on boondoggles like the 911 system mess or CityTime or the other consultant scandals.
Never mind how much they've spent on technology upgrades these last 12 years.
Never mind that every other union in the city got 8% raises as part of the pattern, but teachers did not.
Oh, no - there's no money for teachers and the days of raises and steps and differentials are over.
What Unity functionary Goodman and the UFT leadership do not understand is that there is a lot of anger out there from their Common Cored, PLC'd, Danielson'd, ATR'd workforce and they are not going to like when they hear Mikey Mulgrew tell them that there just cannot be any more salary steps or differentials or raises because the city is broke and the UFT is just doing the best they can in a very difficult environment.
Frankly if you're looking for real change in the UFT, having Mulgrew and Company accept merit pay and the end to steps/differentials/raises would probably be the final act that just might make that possible.
Because people are already fed up with all the reformy stuff being shoved down their throats, but when they hear what the UFT leadership is looking to sell them, they are going to explode.
Can't wait to go into work tomorrow and begin to tell people how Mikey Mulgrew's UFT leadership is trying to get us ready for these big changes.
No more steps, differentials or raises.
Merit pay based upon junk science.