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A teacher’s view of the UFT’s contract positon

Over in the community section, teacher Arthur Goldstein asks why there are always complaints when teachers get the same raises as other city employees. He writes:

It’s odd to see the New York Post up in arms over the possibility of teachers receiving the same pattern of raises established by Mayor Bloomberg for other city unions. Usually, there’s a highly undesirable pattern, and the papers insist we’re lucky to get it. That’s what happened in our 1995 double zero contract, which resulted in city workers getting no raises for two years as the dot com boom swept the nation. I don’t recall a whole lot of tabloid outrage over that.

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