The fact is that members on approved leave will not get a retro check this October.
Here’s an excerpt from the UFT’s website http://www.uft.org/contract-2014/pay-and-benefits employees:
Retroactive money for the 4 percent raises in 2009 and 2010: Those who retire on or before June 30, 2014 will receive full retroactive pay for time worked in a lump sum. Those who retire after June 30, 2014 and who have been continuously employed and are in active service as of the date of the payout will receive retroactive pay in five lump-sum payments of roughly 12.5 percent in October 2015, 12.5 percent in October 2017, 25 percent in October 2018, 25 percent in October 2019 and 25 percent in October 2020.
Murray Bergtraum High School Teacher and former chapter leader John Elfrank-Dana, who is currently on medical leave, asks “Why did the UFT sell out members on approved leaves who were in active service from 2009-2011 who have no income and many whom have medical bills?”
“I would argue that I am ‘continuously employed’ if I am on approved leave. No?”
However, this is money owed to us because we worked and were in active service from 2009-2011. This exemption was no where to be found in the MOA.
We find it ironic that the UFT, on the same web page, states:
“No educator will be disciplined or adversely rated or have any derogatory material placed in their file for taking an unpaid leave for restoration of health…”
However, they will have their retroactive pay, from 6 years ago, withheld for at least two years interest free?
Basically the UFT is answering “Yes!”
Imagine a student throws a chair at a teacher. The teacher is hurt and out on medical leave. Now that teacher cannot receive retro money they earned while working without a contract?
This is just more evidence that Micahel Mulgrew and the UFT leadership is disconnected from its membership and doesn’t care enough to make sure all loose ends are tied up. “You’ll get it in 2017. You’re not losing it.” is the response of the largest union local in the country.