What the union proposed was not a starting point to start serious negotiations in this economic climate.<quoted text>
Its called a starting point. So is the BOE's proposal. Thats why everyone should let them negotiate first before we say the sky is falling.
Is the union just economically tone deaf to the circumstances surrounding them? Perhaps a drive around the nearby area will provide a clue.
This greedy grab bag of wants on steroids not only does a disservice to our teachers but to our pocketbooks as well.
Wading through an agreement of this length filled with the much hogwash is costing the taxpayers a fortune in legal bills.
Why don't we start with vacation homes on the beaches for each teacher? That is every bit as ludicrous as what they are asking for now and has as much chance of passing muster.
Every dollar we waste on this nonsense is another dollar that doesn't get to the kids or the teachers.
How many do we wish to waste on the idea that the union should have to pay less for health insurance, and let the taxpayers eat more of the costs? The union wants protection against increases, let them do what everyone else does, make economically rational choices that work best for them given the constraints of money available.
That is what the rest of the world does that is located in the private sector.