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    Senior Member Fowl Play WA's Avatar
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    Teachers and our school district have been negotiating a contract since April, and apparently it's hit a pretty major dead end. I couldn't go to the meeting tonight because I had something already planned. I just got a text from the gal who was voting on my behalf that it appears that we are on strike.

    I have really mixed feelings. I support the items the union is fighting for, particularly the planning time they've taken away from all elementary teachers. On the flip side, we have to pass a levy this spring. It's going to be damn hard to pass a levy when we're striking. Failing a levy is highly likely now, and a failed levy means I'm out my job, guaranteed because after all the cuts last year, I lost a lot of seniority.

    To be honest, I'm terrified. We haven't heard for certain yet if I will continue getting my paycheck (considering Brad has been laid off again, I cannot under any circumstance afford that) and there's a good chance that our support staff (assistants, bus drivers, secretaries, etc) will not get a paycheck either because of this. I have a hard time being responsible for 1/2 our district to be missing their paycheck.

    The vote today was to decide if we work without a contract or strike. The meeting is still going on so I don't know what the conditions of working without a strike were, but I'm pretty nervous right now.
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    I work for a union (culinary # 226) and this is a tough economy to call a strike ..I know everyone has their own agendas but I always question whether our unions always have the rank and file members backs or are just trying to push their own agenda...Good Luck to you and your fellow district employees, I hope you dont strike and hope that people dont lose their jobs
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    It's a guarantee. The major problem that our union is arguing is that they have laid off all specialists (art, music, technology, etc.) These teachers provided 30 minutes of prep/planning time for elementary teachers. There is no planning time for them, except for in some cases 30 minutes before school and about 15 after. That is the biggest issue that our union has.

    I still have to show up tomorrow (my one and only paid day to prepare my classroom) and if I'm locked out, the district is playing hard, if we're allowed to walk in and work, they want to work with us. If we're locked out, we're not getting paid (possibly for the entire month--don't know how they can do that but supposedly we'll get 2 months pay the next month).

    I'm not very happy right now. I'm scared because this strike puts my job in great danger.
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    as a husband of a hard working elm. teacher I understand about planning time. My wife often has worked 3 -4 hours after school to get everything done. They leave her no planning time. Having said that I think she would rather do it before and after school than to have no school at all. She got home at midnight friday night. However, a bunch of teachers stayed and ordered pizza and did everything for the next couple weeks. Good luck and thanks for being a teacher.


    Praying for you and your family

    Brad

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