How To Achieve the Eighth Highest Pay in the Country … And Where the Method May End
Increases in teacher compensation in Rhode Island have been achieved on “They got it, so we should” reasoning. The gains in one city or town’s contract are referenced in subsequent negotiations in other municipalities. I had always thought that this was done informally, however, until I saw Item #3 of the Tentative Agreement, first page of the expired “Agreement between East Providence Education Association and East Providence School Committee“:
For 2007-08, the maximum step of the basic salary schedule shall be ranked number 12, based upon the thirty six school districts excluding Davies and School for the Deaf, who have settled contracts as of November 1.
The City Council and School Committee of East Providence, not color blind to budgetary red ink, may put an end to this … tradition. Certainly this possibility has occurred to the EPEA, which sent out an e-blast, below, to its members suggesting attendance at Tuesday’s East Providence School Committee.
The East Providence teachers are defending all of our rights in their fight not to allow the school committee and city to unilaterally roll back their wages and impose co-share amounts. East Providence teachers will be attending the school committee meeting Tuesday evening at East Providence City Hall (7:30 PM) and can use your support. Local President, Val Lawson, and the entire local union are staying united and fighting for all of us.
Come and show your solidarity! Stand up for Collective Bargaining!