Bronx, city teachers back at bargaining table with the city

For the first time in almost a year, Bronx and city teachers were back at the bargaining table with the city Monday.

The teachers? union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), and the city are using an arbitrator?s plan as a blueprint for a contract. The plan includes an 11 percent raise but requires teachers to work longer days. The mayor says if a deal can?t be agreed upon he would most likely be in favor of the arbitrator?s ruling. However, the UFT president says the union and the city have different interpretations on parts of that ruling.

The union and the city plan to meet every day until a contract is worked out. Teachers have been working without a contract for more than two years. They have threatened to strike in October if a deal is not reached.

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