NYC teachers union wants $3.5B in taxpayer money for ‘back pay’

By Jillian Kay Melchior | National Review Online

The New York United Federation of Teachers is demanding up to $3.5 billion in “back pay” for a raise the union says teachers should have received five years ago. If the teachers’ union succeeds, the repercussions will be felt in other labor negotiations at a time of precarious city finances.

With nearly 300,000 workers (almost all of them union members), the municipal government is the biggest employer in New York City. UFT is the largest union in the city, representing 116,000 people, or almost 40 percent of New York’s government employees.

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