The New Haven Teachers Association’s bargaining team has declined the District’s revised last, best and final offer after deliberating for two hours. The NHTA bargaining team did not take the offer to their members to consider. Instead, NHTA made the following new public offer:
- 3% on-schedule pay increase for 19/20 beginning July 1, 2019
- An additional 3% on-schedule pay increase for 19/20 beginning January 1, 2020
- Contingency language that would further increase any on-going pay increase by 0.5% for every $1 million in additional revenues received for 19/20, up to 1%, effective January 1, 2020.
- 0.5% off-schedule “restoration pay” for each day of the teacher strike, which equates to $6.5 million
- Opportunities for any 18/19 retiring teacher who went on strike to earn a full-year of credit towards retirement.
The new NHTA offer far exceeds the parameters of the Fact Finder’s Report and has a cost of over $17 million dollars over three years. In addition, the District has been clear with NHTA that restoration days and retiree credits would not be considered as part of any agreement.
The difference between NHUSD’s last public offer and its new public offer is an increase of $4.5 million (from $6 million to $10.5 million over three years). The difference between NHTA’s last public offer and its new public offer is a decrease of $1 million (from $18 million to $17 million over three years). This demonstrates NHUSD’s movement toward an agreement is much more substantial than NHTA’s.
Prior to the strike, NHUSD projected to make cuts totaling $4.6 million dollars in 20/21. NHUSD’s new proposal would increase cuts by another $600,000 to $5.2 million dollars. By contrast, NHTA’s proposal would increase cuts by $7.1 million to $11.7 million dollars.
The District remains committed to working to end the strike called by the New Haven Teachers Association and returning teachers to their classrooms before the end of the school year.