EVERY time the UFT has gone to a third party mediator and probably most every time any union has been in mediation it has eventually wound up in non binding fact finding and a contract has been imposed and it will be so again. We all know that there is an agreement on a monetary package from long before Mulgrew took office. The only sticking point is the ATR's and therein lies the rub and why we have no contract despite our "neutrality" in the mayoral election. The contract already has a clause calling for discussions around a potential buyout of ATR's. This contract will have some final agreement around ATR's - they are not going to allow thousands of people to remain in that status forever. It has all to do with ideology and what they [Unity Caucus] see their role as. Lets remember it was the UFT that agreed to eliminate seniority in the first place and so we wound up with ATR's.