A Little Perpective for the School Committee
So here’s what’s going on in other towns while the Tiverton teachers demand retroactive pay for time spent working to rule:
As state leaders wrestle with a second-straight year of mid-term budget cuts, mayors and managers across Rhode Island are looking at everything from later bill payment schedules to union concessions to offset expected losses in state aid.
In Cumberland, Warwick, South Kingstown and other communities, major purchases are on hold, unfilled positions are staying vacant, and other options, including layoffs, are being considered given the likelihood of cuts this fiscal year.
Some local leaders think those moves won’t be enough.
I’d suggest that the Tiverton school committee should get those union concessions while it’s still called “negotiation” and the default is that the unionists don’t have access to the money that’s supposedly sitting around waiting to be claimed.