NYC cancels $900M payment to teachers due to financial crisis

NYC teachers don't make the decision lightly
NYC teachers who were expected to receive their share of a $ 900 million payout have been told that those funds will not be released.
The de Blasio government has canceled the payment, blaming the pandemic, according to the New York Post.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio nudges a student at P.S. He welcomes elementary school students to New York City's public schools for face-to-face learning on September 29, 2020. (Photo by Spencer Platt / Getty Images)
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The funds were due to be released this month and are part of a series of payments resulting from a 2009 and 2011 union negotiation.
The city says to prevent administrative layoffs they must withhold funding.
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"It is the city's desire to avoid the need for layoffs and to make a retrospective payment at this point would be tax irresponsible," First Deputy Mayor Dean Fuleihan told Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, on Thursday.
He added: "The city regrets having to take these necessary measures, especially given the support and cooperation of the union and its members in opening schools in recent weeks."
But the teachers' union is not taking the news. On a video message to union members, Mulgrew said, “I'm going to arbitrate tomorrow. We are going to present this case, which is very simple: we want the money you now owe us. "
"We all understand that we are in a pandemic, that our economy has basically been ruined," he adds. "Both here in town, on a state and national level - but that money is money that we already have have earned ... for over 10 years and the city has to live up to its commitment, "he added.
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Bill Neidhardt, a city hall spokesman, says he understands all of the work teachers do, especially during a pandemic. But says the decision is necessary to keep jobs.
In a statement, he said, “This measure is necessary to avoid painful layoffs. Make no mistake, New York City recognizes that our teachers are doing more for our students and schools every day. "
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