Wednesday, November 2, 2011
E.J. Teachers and Staff Appreciate Your Support
A big, big thanks to everyone who wore a t-shirt or pinned on a button today in support of the struggles of the East Jordan Education Association. A huge shout out to BCEA members and MEA staff who organized and helped distribute the buttons and t-shirts. The effect was immediate. I even heard one presenter refer to the contract negotiations in the presentation. From what I can gather, several board members seem to have it in for the teaching staff. They now are demanding a 5.5% pay cut (and it goes up by 1% for every month they don't settle), no life insurance, no disability, and that is on top of a 20% co-pay on insurance premiums, among other things. Even the chief financial officer of a large (very large) local business has written letter to the board of education basically saying enough of this foolishness. I have heard comments that some teachers are in jeopardy of losing their homes if these horrific concessions are agreed to. This has nothing to do with money. The district has a 9% fund equity, which they refuse to spend. Please mark your calendar for the next board meeting on Monday November 21 @ 5:30pm. The support from all area educators was overwhelming today. Show your support and attend the next board meeting.
Posted by DLWillson at 6:07 PM