Saturday, October 20, 2012
HEA: D158 Offer Shows "Lack Of Respect"
HEA members voted Wednesday to authorize their negotiators to call a strike in the case of impasse. Teachers had already rejected a contract offer last month and the Board's news release said the strike vote followed a turndown on a second offer. HEA's Friday release said, no, it was only a reaffirming rejection on the original one. "With nearly twice as many members voting, the result was substantially the same as the first," it read.
"The statement that a second tentative agreement was reached is patently false and can only be construed as an intentional misstatement by the BOE," the release continued.
Reached Friday afternoon, bargainer and Board spokesman Don Drzal declined comment, saying he intended to stop arguing in the tabloids. "It's not a very healthy way of negotiating," he said.
The next bargaining session for D158 is Nov. 13, giving everyone plenty of time to cool down . Drzal said that wasn't the purpose of more than three-week delay, though. He said it was the earliest the federal mediator in D158's talks could work the district into his schedule of other fractious negotiations.
HEA this morning sent a superceding news release to Friday's statement.
Friday's formulation, "The offer was widely received as a disrespectful attempt to devalue the certified staff," changed to, "The offer was widely viewed as being unresponsive to educator needs and inadequate in the effort to attract and retain high quality professionals."
The Friday statement, "Our hope is that the Board comes to the realization that its (sic) continued soliloquoy (sic) in not bargaining in good faith. The HEA correspondingly requests that the BOE compile a bargaining team capable of understanding that their repeated failure to make a reasonable offer, taking into account the concerns expressed by the HEA membership, reinforces a lack of respect for the certified staff" morphed into, "Our hope is that the BOE comes to the realization that building a quality school district is in everyone’s interest. Fairness to current professionals is a means of building to the future. It is the best pathway toward attracting and retaining the high quality professionals our students and community deserve."