Reminiscient of last year, the CFT is again putting into motion the threat of a strike. No, they are not officially striking. And no, the Union has not yet taken a vote to authorize a strike (a meeting is scheduled for 4:30 today). But according to the NG, that is the route they are headed down.
The CFT also (finally) has a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CFTlocal1925
Like last year, I still fail to see what role the public is supposed to play in this as it stands. It is our tax dollars, but yet it is the districts responsibility to spend those dollars wisely, and the Board to oversee the district (ie, to govern). If asked if I support the teachers or the administration, in all honesty I would have to say “that is a poorly framed question”, but I lean towards supporting the teachers because I have a better idea of what they do; they teach my child, and I have a very subjective opinion about how that happens. 🙂
From where I sit, it sucks that the teachers do not have a contract (as of summer). And yet they still teach. That says something. Why don’t they have a contract? Why is negotiation so hard? I cannot help but wonder, what would happen if the CFT dealt directly with the voting public to hash out a contract? What if the administration were simply side-stepped? I know “HORRIBLE IDEA!!!” you say. But what if….. And tell me, why is it such a horrible idea? I know the Board, elected of the people, is supposed to act on behalf of the people, but…. I mean, really, us “common folk” have absolutely no idea what is going on behind the closed doors. And I am told that this makes good business sense, but I do not fully understand why.
Public sector news media links:
WICD: http://www.wicd15.com/# (currently the featured story, this will change)