Thursday, October 21, 2010

Email Reveals GTA Contract Disaster & BOE's Role

  
SCATS:
I can not believe the BOE voted 7 to 1 to turn the contract down after it was signed by Steve A. on June 30th. Interesting points to consider:
  • Did Steve A. sign it and run to get back at the BOE for not giving him a new contract?
  • The new contract had a more expensive health care program for the teachers. Now Greece Central has to pay the higher benefit.
  • Did the BOE know what was in the contract and authorize Steve A. to sign it hoping the GTA would turn it down and thus make the teachers look bad?
There will not be a signed new GTA contract for years to come. I bet the teachers are so angry, mad (expletive deleted) at everyone, GTA leadership, administrators and Greece BOE.

Now why should the teachers sign? They have a better health, all but the top level teachers get a raise every year, they have tenure and all due process protection.

I understand that 100% of Athena HS teachers voted no and it only passed by 47 votes with over 1000 teachers voting. It passed by the GTA Ex. Board, failed at the representative assembly and the GTA leadership decided to take it to the full membership vote. This makes the teachers look like the good guys and the BOE foolish. It does not make them look like they are holding the line on cost.

Only in Greece.

SCATS ~~ I'm certainly not surprised to hear that Steve Achramovitch made this his parting shot from the Greece Central School District. SCATS reported for months that the GTA contract had been settled ... long before the BOE took action on it officially.  

Who can blame Achramovitch for his anger after the way the BOE treated him (neutered him!) during the hockey coach & West Ridge kindergarten debacles? I don't. Too bad the Greece school board lacks the spine to own a mess of their own making! (Special thanks to Julia VanOrman & Roger Boily.)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is anyone really surprised at the ineptitude of the school board? Incompetance is their hallmark!

Anonymous said...

The school board needs to explain their actions. How will this school district ever improve with such obvious dysfunction?

SCATS said...

To 6:01PM ~~ I agree with you, but I realize that their dysfunction will prevent them from owning this disaster.

Anonymous said...

Ann Landers once pointed out, "Time wounds all heels."
Maybe she was right, those who act this way, get this way acted unto them,
Our only hope as the collateral- damaged taxpayers in this battle between the BOE and the GTA is that Triborough gets repealed, so eventually GTA and BOE will actually have to negotiate and reach a contract agreement that makes sense in today's economic reality:
1. Higher health care and retirement contributions from the workers
2. More evaluation on job performance
3. Reduced guarantees of job (ie, little or no tenure)
4. Fewer guaranteed wage increases.

Anonymous said...

If the BOE voted not to ratify the contract, how are we on the hook for the increased costs that were included in it?

SCATS said...

To 7:36PM ~~ Excellent question! My understanding is that the new contract would have reduced health care costs to the district. Because the BOE voted against that contract, we're stuck paying for the more expensive plan they already had in place.

Anonymous said...

What are the chances we actually get to see this proposed contract.

SCATS said...

To 9:54PM ~~ Based on the fact that this particular BOE has put their heads in the sand and done their best to ignore communicating crucial information to the community about the affairs of the school district, I'd say the chances are slim. I hope someone proves me wrong, but I'm not going to hold my breath.

Anonymous said...

The district would have saved the difference in the cost of Blue Choice select and Value. If I am correct that is a savings of more than $3,000 per teacher, per retiree. Also the district would have saved greatly on tuition reimbursement. That was diminished also.

Charlie Hubbard said...

If ANY contract does not promote educational improvement then it is nothing more than a give-away.
I do not claim to know what is being proposed via contract content but based on what I have been told improvements in accountability have been ZERO. If any contract does not address both cost AND quality then rest assured both taxpayers and our kids lose.

Anonymous said...

The retirees under previous contracts would not have been affected if this contract was ratified. Any one who retires is covered by the terms & conditions of the contract in force at the time of their retirement. Any new agreement would impact retirees who retire after the signing date of their current agreement.

SCATS said...

To 11:12AM ~~ Thanks for pointing that out. It sounds accurate.

SCATS said...

I must amend/change my previous comment in light of an email on the subject that I received concerning the comment made by 10/22/2010 11:12 AM

I'm told that: "If the retirement benefits are changed ie health benefits are lowered, or retirees have to pay more, it is for ALL retirees. So the individuals that are actively working, that negotiate higher cost for retirees are negotiating higher cost for themselves when they retire. That is why it is never done in public service. No one is going to "put it" to retirees when that will be their own retirement cost.

Look at Kodak. They lowered the retirement benefits for all retirees regardless of what their benefit was when they retired."

H-burg concerned said...

How long has the GTA gone w/o a new contract? Here in Hamburg the word was that Stevie Boy is a #'s guys and he was brought in to solve the lack of new contract that is in its second year. Thanks SCATS, can you move to 14075?

SCATS said...

To 6:03AM ~~ GTA's contract expired 4+ yrs. ago. This most recent rejection of a new contract was a contract negotiated under Steve's watch. If you care to read the beast we're dealing with, here's the link:
http://www.greeceteachers.com/misc-docs/gtacontract-july1-2004-june30-2006.pdf

Charlie Hubbard said...

to 6:03 from Hamburg;

Here's hoping your district can get a contract that has some kind of 'educational improvement' instead of the standard 'give/away' type contract that has become commonplace in most districts AKA worthless.

chubbard005@rochester.rr.com