Marty Daly is in the Journal News today talking with old pal Aman Ali about the story we broke two days ago: New Rochelle Employees Union Announces Tentative Contract with New Rochelle School District; 2-2.5% Pay Increase.
The pull quote from the article is Daly's admission that the union wanted a shorter than normal contract so it could go back to the bargaining table in 18 months:
"We're hoping that by the time this contract expires, the economy will be in a much more robust position," Daly said. "We didn't want to commit to three years of below-average salary increases. Once the economy gets much stronger we can negotiate for more competitive raises in the future."
Competitive? With what? People across the country are experiencing massive jobs cuts, pay cuts and reduced hours. Just having a job with no pay cut would be "competitive" in the current market.
Daly told Ali the raises were fair because they "keep pace with the cost of living."
Really? On what planet? The cost of living is measured by the Consumer Price Index which has been in decline ever since the economic crisis took hold in the early fall of last year.
More misinformation from Aman Ali, he wrote:
"The union, which represents teachers and school employees who aren't administrators and supervisors, has been negotiating with the district since February; the current contract ends June 30."
- Superintendent Richard Organisciak told the school board that union negotiations began in November 2008 not February 2009.
- The contract with administrators and supervisors is based on the F.U.S.E. deal so while technically true as a practical matter this is misleading.
- Ali failed to question or challenge or even note that Daly's claim about the raise being inline with cost of living increases; we are experiencing deflation not inflation.
- No mention of steps which gives employees an even bigger increase every three years so this year one in three will get an additional increase.
The best part of the article is the Mighty Quinn and Richard "Big Fat Liar" Organisciak changing course and NOT talking about the union negotiations this time:
Several district officials, including Superintendent Richard Organisciak, declined to comment on the deal, saying it was still in its tentative stage.