Sunday, June 16, 2013

Out With The Olden ...


 ... In With The "Golden"
 

Don Pallozzi Retiring June 30th
Jason Cooney To Head GTA
  

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow that is great news now the teachers contract will never get settled. Cooney thinks the teachers deserve their present contract and more!

Anonymous said...

Good riddance to Pallozzi. He will NOT be missed. He has done nothing for all the years he has been in office.

Anonymous said...

GTA was in good hands with Don, and will continue to be in good hands with Jason. Both are true gentlemen. Don, thank you for all you have done.

SCATS said...

To 5:26PM ~~ Tell us a little about "all Don has done" please. He hasn't even appeared at a BOE meeting in months!!

Anonymous said...

To 2:57....It is not a matter of deserving anything, The teachers union and the state law gives them the right to hold on to everything they have and just demand more. And more, And more. There is no negotiation. The state law gives the teachers everything they want until they want to give it up, It doesn't require any negotiation or zero-based negotiations. It just requires school boards and taxpayers to continue to give, And give. And give.

Anonymous said...

He has done plenty of great things for the teachers, he has made ure they continue to keep thir great medical and still get their 4 percent raise every year. As for Cooney being a gentleman... I have seen him in action and he is far from being a gentleman, he can be extremely rude.

Anonymous said...

And who do we have to thank for that situation? An interim Super that basically gave away the store to GTA that year she was here.

Anonymous said...

6:35 I think you see the way things are in New York.

Anonymous said...

Scats, just sharing good news about the hamburg lawsuit.
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Anonymous said...

To SCATS at 5:34: I am 5:26 and I know how Don operates. He conducts himself and GTA with a quiet dignity. He does not grandstand or issue ultimatums or threats before the Board and the public. He knows that when reasonable people meet to put their heads together to solve mutual problems, they reach reasonable solutions. He has worked tirelessly in this regard.

Anonymous said...

To: 6:35 pm

A slight correction to your comments. It is not state law that keeps a contract in place until there is a new, negotiated and approved, by all parties, contract. It because of a court ruling commonly refered to as the Triborough Amendment and was up held by the NYS Court of Appeals.
This ruling keeps the expired contract in place until there is a new ratified contract.
There was a practice, by some school boards, to not negotiate in "good faith" and allow a contract to expire. They would then indicate without a conract there would be no salary and no protections. Negotiate from zero. Schools boards would do whatever they wanted to do.

The Triborough Teacher's Association, with the help of the NYS Teachers Assocation, took the Triborough School Board to court and WON.

It was a case of some school boards flexing and miss using their power. So now it is a court ruling that all Taylor law contracts have to live by. This is true for Police, Firemen and all workers covered by the Taylor law.

This obligation ends, however, if the employee organization has striking or by causing, instigation, encouraging or condoning a strike.

Enjoy

Doug Skeet

Anonymous said...

Doug you are right. Triborough was not the only down-state school district that was guilty of that practice. NYSUT picked Triborough as the target of their legal action. It was unfortunate because the decision was applied to all public employees that you mention state-wide. This decision, while well deserved, by those engaging in unfair bargaining procedures had far reaching consequences for all municipalities in the state who now find themselves struggling to stay solvent in these tough economic times. The amendment, while well intended, forever would change the atmosphere attached to contractual bargaining. Even before its enactment, unions that had binding arbitration attached to their agreements, were doing quite well, as during those times, arbitrated decisions always tended to favor the union position.

However, times were much different then as was the economy. During the arbitration hearing, all the union need do was demonstrate the municipality’s ability to pay the costs requested by the unions, which with a little research, was not difficult. Most police and fire unions would hire Actuaries to find where the money was hidden in a budget.

My point is just this. School districts like Greece have been reduced to what
early unions used to call "Collective Begging" in lieu of bargaining as this amendment gives them no leverage at all at the table as evidenced by our
experience in Greece. In our case, if not for the automatic 23 step wage increases contained in the teacher contract, things would be much different at the table. As it now stands, the union is holding the high cards with no incentive to enter into talks that might mutually effect the terrible state of our educational performance as a school district.

So what's the answer? The answer lies within the ability of our state legislators to amend the existing unfair amendment by installing "Sun Set" clauses limiting the length of time that an existing contract would be allowed to remain in effect. At the expiration of that period of time, both sides must submit to Binding Arbitration. This limitation and consequence would have a positive impact on both sides to reach a mutually acceptable agreement. Neither side would want a third party deciding the terms and conditions of the agreement. Until the legislature takes action, we are stuck with what we have.
JM

Charlie Hubbard said...

Make no mistake these contracts are worthless, do/nothing, give/aways. Yes a big part of the problem is thanks to Albany and readers can be assured that most if not all local state/reps know about the problem. I know because I have personnally told them.
There was some hope when the Comptrollers audit of 2008 made it very clear that the district and the board should show the 'benefit to the district' of a new contract - THAT has NOT been happening. Contracts are THE most important thing school boards do. Now readers you tell me what the school board wants to see in these contracts???? Performance does not exist in the contracts we have now - zip, na/da, nothing, so again what improvements are we wanting to see for the expenditure of more $$$

Anonymous said...

Who is JM?

SCATS said...

To 8:01PM ~~ Former BOE member Joe Moscato, would be my assumption.

Anonymous said...

But it is OK to give our illustrious leader an extension, right? Like that is not going to affect the long term viability of the district. If I recall the last two or three Superintendents are living just fine because of the stupidity of the BOE but it is OK for me to be working without a contract for the last 7 years. We are definitely the laughing stock of Monroe County. No other school district in the area is as pathetic as we are.

Anonymous said...

Doug Skeet, SCATS, and JM, my sides are aching from laughing! Please tell me more about the Triborough Teachers Association and the Triborough School District! This is ludicrous! Triborough is a bridge, and the Triborough Amendment came about as a result of a labor dispute involving bridge and transit employees. Keep up your great effort at informing the public.

SCATS said...

To 10:19PM ~~ For the record, SCATS did NOT confuse the issue, but merely posted what others wrote. Despite the word choice issue contained in the comments posted, the underlying problem with teacher union contracts (in particular) remains the same. The system is broken.