This new performance-pay plan announced today in New York City is a big deal. You can get details here. The initiative itself is noteworthy, especially because it hasn’t been all huggy up there between labor and management. It also shows again (see also her charter school initiative) that UFT head Randi Weingarten will take risks and can lead. Big implications there going forward. And, it again shows that these ideas are taking hold (Idaho also announced a system this week, and as goes Idaho…) and the debate is becoming about how to do this not if. Finally, still a lot of passions now, but when the dust settles, Joel Klein is going to be remembered very well for his time in New York City…that’ll become more clear over time.
Joe Williams is right that the spectacle of workers voting on whether or not they want more pay for doing the same job is a little weird and also illustrative, but a 55 percent threshold is pretty low and the culture in an industry doesn’t change overnight. This is a good plan all things considered.