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In the Know

United States

#61 Nov 24, 2010
The expired contract had desirable class size and teacher input into curriculum. Teachers initially requested an extension of that contract, but the district rejected it.

Teachers have offered to contribute more towards their healthcare in their proposal.

Many teachers have resigned from positions in other districts because of the strong contracts BP has had--a loss of the best and brightest from those districts; a gain for BP.
BP Parent

Pittsburgh, PA

#62 Nov 24, 2010
You must be a teacher or a union negotiator to have the details of the contract. Then why didn't the federation offer to extend the same contract in early October? I know they stated that they did but believing the Union Rep is very difficult. Why is the feration so against going to Fact Finding? What are they afraid of?
My point exactly - open up the teachers positions and see how many other "best and bright" teachers want to work for us. The teachers who have held our children hostage for the last five weeks have lost the respect of alot of residents/parents of BP.
Parent Former BP Student

Gibsonia, PA

#63 Nov 24, 2010
@In the Know - My kids so far have had wonderful elementary teachers. I however cannot say the same for the high school teachers that I had. I as well as many of my friends have said their teachers were mediocre at best! How do you know BP has received the best and the brightest?
In the Know

United States

#64 Nov 24, 2010
In late October, the district published a statement which stated that the offer to extend the current contract would have been accepted, had it been made. The union responded by renewing the offer that had been made early on in the talks.

The district wants the union to enter into fact-finding to end the strike without making any compromises in their own original proposal. Teachers are very willing to compromise; district should do the same.
nuts

West Mifflin, PA

#65 Nov 29, 2010
In the Know wrote:
In late October, the district published a statement which stated that the offer to extend the current contract would have been accepted, had it been made. The union responded by renewing the offer that had been made early on in the talks.
The district wants the union to enter into fact-finding to end the strike without making any compromises in their own original proposal. Teachers are very willing to compromise; district should do the same.
Ar you kidding me they made the offer to work under an extension of the old contract, duh get a 2300.00 raise, no way, they don't want to pay anymore towards to the health care benefits, duh they should. The taxpayers should not incur increases due to the teachers. Enough is enough, I admire the board for their strong stance.
BP Mom

Bethel Park, PA

#66 Dec 10, 2010
In the Know wrote:
In late October, the district published a statement which stated that the offer to extend the current contract would have been accepted, had it been made. The union responded by renewing the offer that had been made early on in the talks.
The district wants the union to enter into fact-finding to end the strike without making any compromises in their own original proposal. Teachers are very willing to compromise; district should do the same.
Just to be clear here, the district offered to renew the old contract only to AVOID a strike. The reason they didn't renew it when it was offered in week 4 or 5 of the strike was because now there was no point. The teachers walked off the job first. The district was not wrong to deny the renewal after the strike began. The district would have accepted a renewal to keep our kids in school. I wish I could say the teachers wanted to keep our kids in school, but they (more specifically the idiot union guy, Walt) did not.
Fed up Female

Pittsburgh, PA

#67 Nov 7, 2014
BP retired teacher wrote:
Why weren't you people so worried about teacher's salaries when I started teaching in 1971? If I had made few hundred dollars less and my wife and I would have been eligible for federal food stamps. You forced us to unionize! Yeah- I was REAL thankful I was employed as a school teacher. And HELLO- we do fund our own retirement paying 7% toward the PSERS system every year.
By the way, when I but I Ford Taurus from your car selling husband, doesn't YOUR wages come out of my pocket?
YOU were a teacher???? Jesus!! It's "Don't your wages", NOT "Doesn't"....TAXES aren't a choice....YOU have a choice to purchase a car. F-U!!!!!!!!!! I know a middle school gym teacher who makes 110,000...He plays with his phone during class and complains that he doesn't make enough. Just gross....ALL of you! I hate teachers.

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