Two Views of the East Providence Teacher Contract Situation
PETITION ALERT FOR ALL RHODE ISLANDERS!
Today, Rhode Island’s emergency is in East Providence, but it could easily be coming to your town next.
There is a very serious situation going on in East Providence that affects YOU – the battle between the teachers’ union and the East Providence School Committee is heading to Justice Pfeiffer and could be decided any day ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 23!
The law is clear. School deficit spending is illegal.
State law prohibits teachers contracts from lasting more than three years. There is no teachers contract in East Providence. The teachers union has no basis in law to challenge the school committee’s decision.
East Providence faces a nearly $9 Million deficit. Its School Committee must roll back teacher salaries 5% and institute a 20% healthcare co-pay (currently, teachers pay nothing).
And these measures address less than half the deficit!
The East Providence crisis has serious implications for all cities and towns in the state – there is simply no more money to pay for such generous entitlements for one group of public employees while everyone else suffers. Everyone must do his/her part to deal with the state’s fiscal crisis. Many teachers understand the situation and are willing to help out; it is the union that refuses to budge.
PLEASE! Sign a petition to register your support of the East Providence School Committee. It will be sent to Justice Pfeiffer, as well as the media. Protect your town. Send a message today!