De Blasio Floats Nine-Year Teacher Contract | National Review Online: "Amid intense negotiations with the New York United Federation of Teachers (UFT), Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing for an unusually long nine-year contract between the union and the city. The settlement would potentially spread $3.4 billion in retroactive raises for teachers over the next several years while pushing the following round of union negotiations to 2017, after the next mayoral election.
As the New York Times reports, the UFT is demanding back pay for their time without a contract amounting to $3.4 billion. The de Blasio proposal would date the nine-year contract back to 2009, when the unions rejected renewing their former contract. The contract would then spread the $3.4 billion in retroactive pay over the next four and a half years, saving de Blasio from a massive deficit in the city’s budget this year."
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