As indicated in the previous post, we were hoping to report some real progress at the bargaining table. Unfortunately, we cannot. We were expecting to enter into negotiations regarding compensation and were prepared to do so. The representatives for the District were not prepared for this. We were told that updated financial information requiring Board approval would be necessary in order to facilitate a well-informed discussion. This approval is anticipated to be given on March 11. We left the table disappointed.
The discussion on that day was, instead, focused on contract language. Little progress was made here. The easiest way to accelerate the process is for your Team to concede every request made by the District representatives. We will not do this. Our position is that, as professionals, we should be empowered to make, within reason, decisions about our work. We also recognize that, as professionals dedicated to the enrichment of our our students' lives, we will be devoting more time to our craft than our contract indicates. However, effective and successful professionals also realize the importance of a balance between work and private life. Unfettered encroachment on this balance is untenable. We are unwilling to make concessions on your behalf in the interest of expediency.
Finally, your Team is aware that there are those that have been critical of our efforts. You are entitled to your opinions and may continue to air them. We call on others, however, to consider that the current path of bargaining requires a unified voice. Barring any change in course, it appears that we might be headed for an uphill climb. We must be resolute in our convictions. Your Team shares your impatience for a fair settlement and pledge to do everything in our power to achieve this. We return to the table on March 25th. Thank you for your support.
On behalf of your Team,