Breaking News on Anchor Rising: East Greenwich Teachers to Strike on Tuesday
You heard it here first: East Greenwich teachers will strike on Tuesday morning.
More thoughts on their illegal strike here.
UPDATE: ARE THERE REALLY 8-12% ANNUAL SALARY INCREASES IN THESE CONTRACTS?
Regarding Bob’s comment of “I am certain no one is asking for such high pay increases, as you propose…You might want to get accurate facts before claiming to know all…”
Bob is simply wrong. I sat on the East Greenwich School Committee from 2000-2002 and analyzed teacher salary schedules in contracts from the late 1990’s through 2004. I subsequently looked at the salary schedule for the last 3 year contract.
The salary increases are indeed that high.
I wrote about the hidden nature of these extreme salary increases in this 2004 ProJo editorial.
To further prove the point, here is a portion of my actual 2004 analysis. As noted, it is an Excel spreadsheet analysis and this portion of it is based on data taken from union contracts over a 6-year period: 1998-2004 East Greenwich teacher salary data.
As WJF notes in the Comments section, the Education Partnership has analyzed all teachers’ union contracts in RI in recent years, including looking at salary data. They discuss many aspects of the union contracts in their 3 reports which are linked to in this earlier post.
UPDATE #2: 2003-04 TO 2006-2007 SALARY INCREASE DATA SHOWS SAME HIGH ANNUAL INCREASES
In the Comments section, Ken and Bob asked to see the salary increase data for the last 3 years, 2003-04 to 2006-07.
Here, again in an Excel spreadsheet, is that data: 2003-2006 East Greenwich teacher salary data.
As predicted, salary increases of 9-12%/year for each of the last 3 years were realized by teachers in 8 of the 10 job steps.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON 2004-2005 EAST GREENWICH NEA TEACHERS’ UNION CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Now that the NEA is striking at East Greenwich schools in 2007, East Greenwich residents and School Committee leaders can prepare themselves with what is likely to happen now by looking at how the NEA acted in 2004-2005, a time when I did many posts which monitored the NEA’s actions.
This was a summary I wrote at the end of the 2004-2005 contract negotiations:
The formal labor dispute between the residents of East Greenwich and the NEA teachers’ union is now over. However, the dispute showed the true colors of the union and many teachers. With the veneer stripped off, residents have learned many valuable lessons.
First and foremost, we learned – by their practice of work-to-rule – the union and numerous teachers were willing to use our children as pawns in an attempt to avoid a health insurance co-payment. They even had the audacity to say publicly that work-to-rule was not hurting our children.
Second, the union demanded to be made whole financially via full retroactive pay for last year even though our children’s educational experience could not be made whole – due to their work-to-rule actions.
Third, they confirmed how teachers-union contracts are the antithesis of good teaching practices when they stressed that work-to-rule was a contractual right – while at the same time protesting that they wanted us to treat them like professional workers. They stated publicly that before-school and after-school assistance was not part of their job description. They dared us to take them to court if we believed they were not working the legally proper hours.
Fourth, they insulted residents by claiming that a majority of us could afford to hire tutors for our children but have been receiving these services free from public school teachers for years. Teachers also claimed that they – not parents – were responsible for our town’s favorable test scores.
Fifth, they showed how they live in a make-believe world when they said that no one in the private sector works overtime without getting paid and, if they’re off the clock at 5 p.m., you can bet they’re out the door at 5. They also claimed more than 50% of residents earn at least $500,000.
Sixth, we also learned they would make verifiably misleading comments to get what they want, including: (i) Taxes in East Greenwich aren’t that high compared to other communities; (ii) Insurance co-payments would result in pay cuts to teachers; and, (iii) East Greenwich pays lower than other districts.
These are not honorable people. It is clear now that these union negotiations are nothing less than one big racket, rigged to yield financial gain to the union. They certainly are not for the benefit of our children or for excellence in education…
Unfortunately, work-to-rule and other management rights issues are specified in RI General Law, which means it is impossible to change these rules at the local level…
This was an editorial I wrote late in the 2004-2005 process: In a nutshell, here was what I thought the negotiating position of the East Greenwich School Committee should have been on some of the key financial terms of the contract.
Other postings included:
Background Information on the East Greenwich NEA Labor Dispute
The NEA’s Disinformation Campaign
East Greenwich Salary & Benefits Data
More Bad Faith Behavior by the NEA
The Debate About Retroactive Pay
Would You Hurt Our Children Just To Win Better Contract Terms?
The Question Remains Open & Unanswered: Are We/They Doing Right By Our Children?
Will The East Greenwich Teachers’ Union Stop Their Attempts to Legally Extort Residents?
You Have To Read This Posting To Believe It! The Delusional World of the NEA Teachers’ Union
So What Else is New? Teachers’ Union Continues Non-Productive Behaviors in East Greenwich Labor Talks
“Bargaining Rights are Civil Rights”
The NEA-Rhode Island’s Pathetic Attempts to Manipulate East Greenwich Residents
What’s Wrong With This Picture: 800 Applicants for 14 Teaching Jobs & the NEA Says There is a Problem