Unfortunately I will be missing the House of Delegates meeting tomorrow, but I want to encourage delegates to who will be there to vote to reject the offer. I applaud Arbitrator Benn and Vice-President Sharkey for all their hard work. Benn’s determination on compensation seems quite fair. However, I would still vote no because what we are fighting for at this moment in time is more than just fair compensation.
As you all know, Arbitrator Benn cannot rule on school conditions, and it is for this reason that we must reject the offer. We deserve fair compensation and great teaching and learning conditions for ourselves, our colleagues, and our students.
We must continue to negotaiate for a school day that is filled with the arts and PE, and fight against the testing-culture that has made our schools more like prisons. We must continue to stay at the table on behalf of our support staff: PSRPS, clinicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers; all the people that help make our schools functional and healthy places to come to day-in and day-out. We must continue to negotiate because all those who have been fired illegaly deserve a recall.
We must continue to negotiate because the whole nation, yes, the whole world is hoping we don’t trade in our ethics for a pittance. It’s a pittance we will get if we stay negotiating, but educators and students deserve so much more.
Please reject the Fact-finder’s Decision.
You can watch the CTU Press Conference on the Fact finding here: