Dedham’s public school teachers have voted to go on strike, effective immediately. School will be closed Friday following the Dedham Education Association voted 275 to 2 in favor of the strike after negotiations between the union and the school district reached an impasse, union President Timothy Dwyer told the Boston Globe.
Dwyer said the strike started over disagreements on salary increases, health care coverage and other issues. This will be the first strike in the state in 12 years.
“The administration needs to sit down and bargain with us,” Dwyer told the Globe. “We remain open to negotiations anytime, any place … They were looking for concessions during good financial times, making us work more with little or no compensation.”
Dwyer said the association is prepared to strike until it has a fair contract for its teachers. DEA officials told CBS one of the main sticking points of a new contract for teachers is protection from sexual harassment.
It’s illegal for public school teachers to strike in Massachusetts.
Did you read that last line? It is illegal to strike there just like it was in West Virginia which kicked off the calls to action.
I know people are scared because they don’t think teachers in Florida are allowed to strike. We should challenge that part of the constitution but even if it was upheld think about this, could they fire 80 thousand of us? I don’t think so.
The FEA doesn’t seem to get it. Tallahassee has no intention of helping the teaching profession or public ed. No friends they plan to destroy them and if you need evidence just look at the last decade. We can wear red for ed everyday and it won’t make a difference because they don’t care.
I was incensed when three weeks ago the FEA said the governors proposal that left out 76k teachers and did nothing for veterans was a good first step. How did they not say it was a non starter and insulting at that.
We aren’t having a policy debate, no we are fighting for the future of public ed and the teaching profession. Well we should be anyways.
Friends what is the FEA going to say when this legislative session is over and Tallahassee has added barely anything to the base pupil allotment, budgeted tens of millions more for charters and vouchers and started another merit pay scam that leaves teachers out? There is always next year? Write some more letters, keep wearing red, we still have the bus? Other cites and states are fighting while we are thanking them for terrible ideas. When will enough be enough?
Friends, I think we have known for some time the fix was in but here the OGA just seems to be laughing at us. They are so corrupt and brazen they don’t care who sees it.
You know Corcoran runs the FLDOE right? I know I can’t believe it either and I agree he has no business doing so, but because elections have consequences, dreadful, dreadful consequences, and he is. You would think any raises for teachers would be in their proposal but nope.
The worst and dumbest, sorry best and brightest bonus program that leaves out about half of the states teachers is still there, but nothing close to a raise.
Friends, DeSantis used teachers as a prop to boost his poll numbers and Corcoran was standing next to him at every stop, that’s shameful.
The state’s teachers, heck the state, deserves better.
To read more, click the link: http://accountabaloney.com/index.php/2019/10/17/about-that-funding-for-the-governors-new-teacher-compensation-scheme/
His proposal did nothing for veteran teachers and I seriously doubt it would make much of a difference for recruitment and retention too, but all of that is moot because there isn’t any money to pay for it an none seems coming.
First the state board of education in August proposed a fifty dollar increase in the per pupil allotment, where districts get money to pay their teachers, since when you factor in inflation that is actually a decrease the money isn’t coming from there.
Then when DeSantis made the proposal expected to cost 600 million or about 2.4 billion less than would get us to 2007 levels, the speaker of the house Jose Olivia basically threw a wet blanket on the proposal saying, the House would consider it, so it doesn’t seem like the money is coming from there either.
And that brings us to today.
Where the FLDOE doesn’t seem to have any idea where the money if coming either.
The Governor straight up used to teachers as a prop to pump up his poll numbers when he did his education tour last month. The state board, the house and the FLDOE have no idea where the money for any teacher raise let alone the one he proposed is coming from and if they don’t have an idea then who does. People shouldn’t think for a second that DeSantis is any different than the other politicians in Tallahassee who pay lip service to education while trying to undermine it.
For shame governor DeSantis, for shame.
In a craven attempt to curry (see what I did there) favor with the mayor and his donors, Fischer has proposed two versions of a J1 bill which asks the state legislature to change Duval’s charter, first making the school board appointed and then later the superintendent elected. This means he was for appointments and against elections before he was against appointments and for elections. Fischer after asking the city council for the opportunity to speak about his proposal, now says he can’t be bothered.
Apparently Fischer doesn’t know what calendars are. Did I mention Fischer was an embarrassment?
Jacksonville deserves better than this guy because it certainly couldn’t do worse.