The teachers union, Hayward Education Association, issued a press release today saying the council “tonight will vote on a resolution of support for striking Hayward Unified School District teachers.” That’s not correct — at least, not the voting part.
Because it’s not on the agenda and the public has not been officially notified, the council would very likely be breaking state open meetings law if it voted on the resolution tonight.
Rodriquez and co-sponsor Councilman Bill Quirk confirmed that they don’t intend to vote tonight and that the HEA release is wrong. Rodriquez, who is the mother of HEA vice president Mercedes Faraj, said she plans to present the resolution tonight and ask the council to vote on it April 17 with proper public notification.
But you can still expect plenty of teachers to be weighing in on the issue during tonight’s public comments section of the City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 8 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers, 777 B St.
Armchair warriors can watch the live Webcast on the city’s Web site.
TUESDAY NIGHT UPDATE, 9:25 P.M.: At tonight’s 8 p.m. meeting, Rodriquez did indeed announce the resolution and the council did decide to wait until April 17 to vote on it, despite several audience members who wanted them to take action ASAP. Citing the Brown Act, the city attorney said he didn’t think the proceedings qualified as an emergency, which is the only legal justification for the council voting on something that was not listed on the agenda. A couple council members nevertheless said they would deliver the message individually beforehand, and Mayor Mike Sweeney said he would write a letter to the school district. Rodriquez’s proposed resolution is as follows:
WHEREAS, the Hayward City Council has historically supported efforts at providing quality education for young people; and
WHEREAS, disharmony between labor and management impairs the ability to provide such education; and
WHEREAS, the City Council strongly encourages and supports harmonious relations between management and teachers; and
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Hayward City Council hereby urges the representatives of the Hayward Education Association and the Hayward Unified School District to take all steps necessary to reach a fair and equitable settlement to avoid any further disruption in services to the students of the District.