Facts and Figures in Tiverton
Sometimes I find myself shaking my head at how teachers — of all people — are willing to allow themselves to appear:
Teachers changed their proposal from a three-year contract to a two-year contract, but deMedeiros said the percentage salary increases did not differ much from a previous proposal. Instead of asking for 3.75 percent each year for three years, the latest proposal was for a total of 8 percent over two years.
“We felt they were going backwards,” deMederios said. “It’s bad faith bargaining. They’re still not recognizing that the money is just not there.” …
A second offer made by the union at the end of the night was for 3.5 percent salary increases in year one, 3.75 in year two, and annual health benefit co-shares of $1,150 in year one and $1,300 in year two, Crowley said.
“Their final offer is what did it,” deMedeiros said of the committee’s decision to seek arbitration. …
Several weeks later, teachers voted for “contract compliance,” which calls for them to perform only work spelled out in the contract.
The college fair, organized in past years by members of the guidance department, has been canceled, Rearick said. It was scheduled to be held in mid-October.
The mock trial team doesn’t have an advisor; neither does the math team or the National Honor Society. The haunted house that is organized by the senior class as a fundraising event may still take place with the aid of parent volunteers. Teachers also helped organize homecoming events in the past, but parents may be asked to take their place.
“This hasn’t made them popular,” deMedeiros said. “I don’t see how this works to their advantage. It’s like they’re holding the kids hostage. That’s who they’re punishing.”
Rearick said school officials have been informed that there will be no field trips. School officials are waiting for a reply from teachers about writing recommendations for seniors who are applying for early admission to college.
Crowley said this morning that teachers have been writing recommendations and will continue to do so. He also said that teachers who are advisers to groups or classes are doing their advisory work, but only during normal school hours.
The unions are a cancer in our education system. Cut them out, and teachers, parents, and elected officials can be on the same side again.