Mo' Money Mo' Problems
The president of the city’s teachers’ union, Michael Mulgrew, said today that receiving retroactive pay raises for his members is a “big issue” going into contract negotiations with the new administration, in his most specific comments on the topic to date.
“Myself and the mayor—Mayor de Blasio–have been very clear that we don’t want to do negotiations in the media,” Mr. Mulgrew told WNYC during a radio interview this afternoon, before acknowledging that back pay will indeed be a key issue moving forward.
Strongly Worded Statements
Mayor Bill de Blasio will lay out his first preliminary budget proposal this afternoon, outlining his spending priorities and the fiscal challenges he’ll be facing over the next four years.
But the big question will be how Mr. de Blasio sets the stage for negotiations with the city’s more that 150 municipal labor unions, which have been operating for years under expired contracts–leaving tens of thousands of municipal workers itching not just for future pay hikes, but retroactive raises.
Mayor Bill de Blasio today slammed his predecessor Michael Bloomberg for leaving him to negotiate expired labor contracts with every one of the city’s municipal labor unions–using some of his harshest rhetoric to date on the subject.
“This is an unprecedented dynamic and we’re going to have a huge fiscal challenge ahead. And one that should not have been handed to us,” said the mayor, speaking to reporters to today at an unrelated press conference. “The future should not have been mortgaged in this way. But it was by the previous administration and we will have to grapple with it.”