NYC Mayor claims city cannot afford $900 million owed to teachers

By: | October 12, 2020

After an ugly battle with the teachers union over the opening of schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the union are duking it out again. This time, the city said it could not afford to ante up back pay because of the fiscal crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

The message from United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew was terse.

“We’re in for another fight,” Mulgrew said. Mulgrew sent a video message to his 120,000 members to tell them that, because of the pandemic, the city informed him it cannot afford to give the union a $900 million lump sum payment that’s owed from an old labor agreement.

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