By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 1:31 pm in Education.
Before the Mt. Diablo school board went into closed session Feb. 27 to discuss union negotiations and other issues, teachers’ union President Mike Langley said he made the following comments to trustees:
“Members of the Board.
With all due respect and sincerity, we ask you to strongly consider our last proposal as the best short term solution in still uncertain times. If accepted and ratified, we can immediately begin to craft a subsequent agreement with the belief that negotiations will mature in November. By then we can agree on a realistic formula for a known economic climate, without unnecessary cuts that do irreparable harm, yet with protection for the fiscal health of this district.
Let me read to you an excerpt for an email sent by our bargaining chair, Connie Gillam
• ‘The MDEA team feels there is room for movement on the District’s part regarding the Salary and Work Year articles as well as the additional articles still on the table.
• Teachers are willing to help the District out to ensure that the District will not face bankruptcy; however we are not willing to take furlough days when they are being used as a revenue source rather than a last option for funding. Teachers believe that furlough days are damaging to our students and the valuable instructional time lost cannot be replaced.
• Teachers believe there is a substantial reserve available to the District this year and that a reasonable share of the reserve should be used to demonstrate the value of teachers and to help alleviate some of the financial burdens that many years of increased medical costs and six years of no increases in salary have caused.
Recent General Meetings have confirmed that an overwhelming majority of our members support the MDEA teams studied and reasoned approach. We feel that the Board has an opportunity to work with teachers to reach a fair and equitable contract that meets the needs of the District and MDEA members. We are willing to work with the District team to do so and are hopeful that the Board is willing to do the same.’
Thank you for your time and consideration of this important message. Let us remember that our energies are best served focusing on our students. No one will stand unbloodied if we move into the more public phase that Impasse entails.”
Here is a link to MDEA’s last bargaining update, which lays out its demands for demands: http://www.mtdiabloeducationassoc.org/pdf/12_01_30bargainUpdate.pdf
Do you think the district should agree to MDEA’s proposal?
MARCH 1 UPDATE: MDEA has declared impasse: http://bit.ly/wG5oUr