Did Bridgeport’s Union Negotiate a 9 Percent Pay Hike?

Superintendent Paul Vallas provided a few precious details on the so-far-undisclosed teachers’ union contract at last night’s Board of Education meeting.

The Working Families Party-led Board of Education approved the district’s new contract with the Bridgeport Education Association two weeks ago; however, the contract has not been released to the public or ratified by union membership.

As a reminder: The teachers’ union-financed members of the Bridgeport Board of Education negotiated and approved a contract with the same union that provided the overwhelming majority of the money needed to elect them.

The superintendent mentioned that a five-year budget plan hinges on health care terms contained in the new teachers’ union contract. He also mentioned that teachers would see significant raises in the coming year, confirming a statement made last week by former board chairman Rev. Kenneth Moales.

At last week’s Student Achievement Committee meeting, Moales said its “nice to give teachers a nine percent raise.”

That’s conjecture, of course, because the deal the Working Families Party-led board agreed to with the union that funds the Working Families Party and their candidates is still secret.

Considering five out of nine board members benefited from hefty campaign contribution courtesy of the teacher’s union, a 9 percent raise doesn’t seem so farfetched.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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