Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Where, Oh Where Is The New Teachers Contract?

   
100+ days ago, word about the new deal struck between the Greece Teachers Association leadership and the Greece Central School District was reported right here on SCATS. What's causing the delay in announcing it? Inquiring minds are asking questions!

Anonymous said...
Since we all know that the GTA leadership and the district have reached an agreement about the new teachers contract, why has there been no announcement? You would think they would be proud of the agreement and that there will be peace. Why are they hiding the new contract? Is it because it will cost us more than we budgeted for? Or did the budget plan for this increase all along and it was hidden in reserves?    9/15/2010 1:35 AM

Anonymous said...
Scats - my sources tell me not to worry about the GTA contract. Many of the members are not happy with it.  9/15/2010 6:54 AM
 
SCATS ~~ To 1:35AM ~~ Our BOE wasn't upfront in telling us that they PUT MONEY INTO THE BUDGET - the bare bones "Contingency Budget" - to cover the cost of a new contract. Do you feel hoodwinked knowing that?
To 6:54AM ~~ Is that why GTA's Prez. didn't mention the contract at last night's BOE meeting? It's the first time in 4 years he hasn't griped about not having a new contract ;)
  
  

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The new GTA contract will save the district money, I'm sure it will be annoounced soon. Not sure if union members will vote for it, seems kind of rushed through just to say something was done.

SCATS said...

To 4:04PM ~~ Save us $$? Are teachers agreeing to a pay cut? Yes, it was rushed. I know DP is really anxious to get his full release time, but did he negotiate lower pay for all in return for that? I don't think so ;)

Anonymous said...

The Union should reimburse the school district for the cost of release time.

But we know they won't since they are used to taking from, not giving to, the taxpayers of Greece.

Anonymous said...

Heard teachers union had big meeting Wednesday after school. Know anyhing about this?

SCATS said...

To 3:51AM ~~ Actually there are some rumblings, of discontent ;)

Anonymous said...

The discontent, to amount to anything substantial, would have to be from a majority of those in the union (assuming that majority also will actually cast a vote against ratification). If we knew the proposed deal, we could fairly accurately determine which group within GTA stands to benefit most from the proposed contract, the numbers of people in that "group" and the chances of it passing even in the face of opposition. It IS odd that this is being kept so hush, hush EXCEPT that nothing is anything until union AND Board ratification so......

PS My verification code is quarl. If I were in first grade I might be trying to write "quarrel" how fitting.

Anonymous said...

Is there some rule/law the prohibits us(the tax payers) from knowing what's in the contract before it is approved by the BOE?

SCATS said...

To 6:18PM ~~ Good question. I suspect there is, but if there isn't, do you think they would tell us instead of wielding their power while keeping us silent? I sincerely doubt it.

Anonymous said...

There is no law/rule that says the taxpayers can't know now that there appears to be "tentative" agreement. In fact, the DISTRICT could put out information about what has been "offered"; they just have to be very careful not to cross the line into "negotiating in public" with the union. It's a fine line, but do-able for sure.

SCATS said...

To 7:20 AM ~~ Thank you. In the past, there was one time that I know the BOE told the community what the sticking points were related to not having a new agreement - health care & wages. I guess that might be as specific as they can get.

Anonymous said...

To 7:20am.
Greece doesn't have the brains to be able to understand what a "fine line" is. The only line they have is a line they draw in the dirt at their playground. Then they threaten you with the old "I dare you cross that line.". You know, the old bully tactic. Then when you call their bluff, they cross that "fine line" and screw everything up.

SCATS said...

I've been reminded to state once again that under BOE policy 6431 in reference to the community knowing what's in the new contract PRIOR to voting ...
Can the community see what's in there prior to approval? ABSOLUTELY!