Head of principals union says contract talks hit a snag

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Ernest Logan, president of the city's principals union, told his members on Tuesday that contract negotiations with the city hit a major snag over lump sum payments.

In a statement emailed to principals and forwarded to reporters, Logan said the Department of Education and city "took an outrageous position on lump sum payments due from prior years, which is unfair to thousands of members, current and future."

Negotiations between the D.O.E. and the union, officially called the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (C.S.A.), have been ongoing for several months. C.S.A. sources have recently indicated the talks have been slow and that a settlement is not imminent. 

Logan said the city and D.O.E. have taken the position that new principals hired between the first and last days of the current United Federation of Teachers contract are not entitled to the same raises as U.F.T. members.

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"This is unjust for those of you who have earned those percentage increases and it also serves as a powerful disincentive for those teachers contemplating a promotion and for principals looking to hire new assistant principals over the next four and half years," Logan said. 

C.S.A. members have been without a contract since March 2010. The U.F.T. contract, which includes back pay to teachers who had been without a contract for five years, was announced in May. 

A representative for the mayor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.