Friday, September 10, 2010

Where's The GTA Demonstration This Year?


Last year they marched for the TV cameras, because they "had no contract."

Sept. 2009

This year, they taught instead, so I guess that new contract's comin' soon!

Sept. 2010

SCATS ~~ I'm issuing a Hold Onto Your Wallet Alert! Those pay raises and added benefits will cost you a bundle!

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let’s try not to be too misleading - they demonstrated before the 1st day of school (no students) last year.

They taught in the classroom last year, this year and every year they have gone without a contract or even an opportunity to negotiate one, just as we would expect them to.

Proud Parent of a Greece Teacher.

SCATS said...

To 7:40PM ~~ You conveniently forgot to mention how these consummate "professionals" wore their union T-shirts to classes when teaching last year. Will they continue that this year, too? Or is that only when they feel the need to whine about their lot in life?

Anonymous said...

What is wrong with someone wearing a T-shirt, pin, etc. to show support for a Union? Many of the teachers continue to wear these with or without a contract.

No, I am not a teacher, just someone that believes in Unions.

Anonymous said...

7:40 But even though the students are not in school for that protest day or the days they correct test at the end of the year, they are still counted as "instructional day" for enrollment days to receive state aid. You don't think they all congregated last year on a day for which they did not have to drive to the school property and boundaries of Greece?

SCATS said...

To 9:59AM ~~ I didn't mention pins. On the issue of the T-shirts, let me count the ways!

1 - It's EXTREMELY UNPROFESSIONAL! (I can't yell this one loudly enough!)
2 - It brings district politics into the classroom.
3 - It's distracting.
4 - It's intimidating which is one reason why it's done by the masses on a pre-planned day/time.
5 - It adds nothing positive to a teaching/learning environment, nothing at all!
6 - If after reading through the first 5 reasons listed, you still wear your union T-shirt to school, then you are NOT doing so with the best interests of your students in mind and further explanations by me (or anyone else) are wasted effort!

Anonymous said...

How is wearing a t-shirt intimidating?

SCATS said...

To 11:54AM ~~ I already explained about everyone wearing them on the same day. I'm pretty sure you can figure it out. If not, please give back the money wasted on acquiring your Masters degree.

Anonymous said...

What would happen if every Friday a certain teacher's math students all showed up wearing blue "Math Class Stinks" t-shirts? Freedom of speech, right?

The intention of everyone wearing the same message is to be rebelious, loud, show unity or solidarity, sway opinion and show whose the boss. Is that intimidating? I think it is.

Anonymous said...

To all those that voted against the budget, I hope you have a child or grandchild in a kdg. class with 25 kids!

SCATS said...

To 9:07PM ~~ In my opinion, you're barking up the wrong tree with that. Funding was cut causing class size increases long BEFORE the budget was defeated. Besides, why don't you tell the BOE? They restored all sorts of things that they value.

Do you know that having 25 kids in a kindergarten wasn't considered unusual not so long ago? We've been spoiled.

Anonymous said...

A tee shirt that says "Proud to be a Greece Teacher" is unprofessional? Distracting? Intimidating? Perhaps in your world, not not in most.

SCATS said...

To 4:16AM ~~ Thanks for agreeing with me :)

Anonymous said...

SCATS gets scared of T-shirts with positive messages written on them?

What else frightens you? Unicorns? Flowers? Lollipops?

SCATS said...

To 9:49AM ~~ There is a purpose behind the mass wearing of those shirts by staff on the same day. It is INTENDED to send a message, isn't it? Otherwise, there would be no point in doing it!

How odd that students can't get away with such behavior, but the "professionals" can.

Anonymous said...

Students often wear school shirts on certain days to show their unity and support of that particular school. Teachers were wearing "Proud to be a Greece teacher" to do the same thing. The message is not negative. It is a message of unity and pride.

SCATS said...

To 10:37AM ~~ Your "argument" is total BS, and I'm pretty sure that even you know it. The origination of GTA wearing those shirts is based on their consternation over the lack of a new contract back in the mid-1990's! Whenever the contracts get settled, the T-shirts tend to disappear from the wardrobe ;)

Anonymous said...

There were maroon colored shirts before the blue that were worn from 2002 until the present shirts. If I am not mistaken, there was no contract issues back in '02.

Anonymous said...

Scats; what is the dress code for faculty? Are t-shirts part of the dress code?

SCATS said...

To 11:28AM ~~ Back in the 90's, the shirts were bright red. I believe that was when union t-shirts first appeared. And it was absolutely with the purpose to threaten, intimidate, throw their weight around as they demonstrated out in front of Apollo MS before BOE meetings, showed parents who was "boss" at Open Houses, etc.... get the picture?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, a dress code for the staff would be a subject that falls under collective bargaining requirements. It's sad to think we'd have to have contractual language to tell a group of 'professionals' how to dress, but there you have it. Incidentally, I agree with SCATS - what the GTA is doing by wearing the same shirts on the same day is akin to gang behavior. When teachers notice a group of students (usually black males) wearing the same color t-shirt (with NO wording), the go ape sh** and tell administration there is a GANG forming and to do something about it....how is their behavior different??

Anonymous said...

Most likely the teachers wearing the GTA shirts are the ones that hide behind the Union and need the Unions to secure their jobs . Teachers and Coaches that are : at best mediocre , can't be fired . Maybe the GTA should spend less on advertizing in the Greece Post , telling us all the things GTA does for us . Spend some on weeding out the slackers that have had multiple complaints about instead of backing them up . Do that, test scores will rise , athletes won't get hurt and everyone in Greece will where GTA shirts !

Charlie Hubbard said...

We should neve forget these do-nothing, give/away contracts are ALL approved by the school board.

What people like 11:04 are refering to are contracts that promote educational improvement - thank you.
I would remind readers 'again' of the Comptrollers audit (page 30, item 17) that speaks to just that type of thing (showing the benefit to the district).
It is most interesting that an audit done by people outside the district came in here and spotted a major flaw in our contracts that school board(s) have had thier eyes closed to for years.

Lets also not forget via school board approval the over $100,000 per year being paid to teachers for doing UNION business while crying about not having enough $$ to properly educate our kids.

Plenty of hypocracy to go around.

Anonymous said...

Well, Scats. Please take a little time and walk into a class of 25 kdg. kids and spend the day. I dare you. Some read, some don't. Some can count, others can't. Some don't even know where they live, or their phone numbers, or who their mother/fathers are. You have no idea. Spend a day in a classroom, please!

SCATS said...

To 9:22PM ~~ Not all that long ago, 25 in a K classroom was considered normal, keeping it under 30 was the goal. The kids always enter school with a varying range of skills. By the way, I've been to a class before, several times.

Anonymous said...

9:14 There are locations in this country where class sizes are hovering at 40. Is it conducive for academic achievement? Probably not, but it's still reality.