C.F. Teachers Union: Two, Four, Six, Eight; When in Doubt, Litigate!
From yesterday’s ProJo 7 to 7 News Blog.
The Central Falls Teachers’ Union filed three unfair labor practice charges with the state Labor Relations Board Monday, its first move to appeal the mass firings of 93 teachers, support staff and administrators at the city’s only high school.
And the basis for the charges?
Marcia Reback, president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers, which represents Central Falls, said the local filed three charges against Central Falls school district: failure to negotiate; refusal to provide information to the union; and the terminations themselves.
This seems pretty easy to dispense with.
1. Central Falls did, in fact, negotiate with the union, earnestly and at length.
2. You can’t negotiate without providing information.
3. Terminations are the natural conclusion to unsuccessful negotiations IF the ultimate goal – a good education, for example – is something more than perpetual employment at an ever rising price.
Who is ultimately to blame for these unsuccessful negotiations is a separate matter. By refusing to put this matter to a vote of its members, it is the C.F. teachers union which is to blame. That they failed to put it to a vote has turned out to be a bad mistake, one that the union hopes to correct with litigation. (Whoops, no, my mistake. Let us not forget that all of the union’s actions, including the overwrought candlelight vigil, are – all together now – “for the chiii-hilll-dren”.)