Friday, September 16, 2011

Teachers’ Unions: Working to Win You Over!


The Hawaii State Teachers Association’s actions before the Labor Relations Board have once again backfired and resulted in a scathing ruling from the board.
An overblown attempt by the union to strike the state’s opposition to HSTA’s request for relief from salary cuts amounted to an “egregious and reckless disregard for the truth in this case,” according to the board ruling on a procedural motion, issued Sept. 2.
Teachers failed to show up for classes Thursday in spite of a judge’s order. They instead took to the picket lines in protest of reduced wages and increasing class sizes.
Their decision violates Judge Bryan Chushcoff’s order, issued on September 14, whereby teachers were required to return to work, and for all parties to continue to negotiate and bargain in good faith….
“I think it sends a message that we advocate for ourselves,” said [Tacoma Education Association vice president Adrienne] Dale, adding, “we do what is right and what’s best for kids. We’re doing what’s best for teachers. This is why we’re here. We’re working to get a fair settlement that’s going to be best for those kids.”
Dateline – Connecticut: “Union leader: To tackle education problems, raise teachers’ pay”