NYSUT Heads Off Threatened Staff Strike

Employees of New York State United Teachers prepared for a strike last night because union managers wanted to link their contract talks with negotiations over pension, er, adjustments.

While decrying such efforts by cities and state governments, teachers’ unions have their own pension and post-retirement health care cost crisis, which in NYSUT’s case adds up to liabilities of $400 million.

As bad as the situation is, the last thing NYSUT needed was its own employees walking a picket line around its headquarters. So it reached a last-minute deal with the staff union. The tentative agreement is for a three-year deal, details as yet unavailable.