Union holding its ground

Union holding its ground

There are 4 comments on the Detroit Free Press story from Sep 10, 2006, titled Union holding its ground. In it, Detroit Free Press reports that:

They marched through the drizzly rain Saturday afternoon, carrying signs with sentiments like "Hands off my benefits" and "Protect our classrooms." Just a day after a judge ordered Detroit teachers to return to ...

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Hernando, MS

#1 Sep 10, 2006
The teachers need to return to work while both sides continue to negotiate the terms of the contract. I have always wondered why DFT members refused to work while negotiations continued. The teachers are sealing their fate with this strike. The more students Detroit loses, more jobs will be lost. As we know, Michigan is struggling as a whole. WE ALL NEED TO BE COMPENSATED WITH MORE MONEY FROM OUR EMPLOYERS!!!!! Think before you act - there may be more unemployed people (teachers) very soon!

United States

#2 Sep 10, 2006
The teachers loaned the district 5 pay days last year with no increase in pay. The principals were given increases. This was a slap in the face for teachers. The money is there. Much is wasted by the district. You have a supertindent with no creditability and is a poor manager and is way overpaid. You have too much dead weight at the
administration office. You pay the present teachers what has been promised them and adjust the wages of new hires. Get a leader such as Curtis Ivory who heads up the community college in the area. The city leaders, including the mayor needs to support the teachers and the district and insist that district leaders clean up their act.The students have good teachers. The students need good equipment, books they can carry home and people in the district who are accountable and trustworthy.
Detroit Teacher

Lincoln Park, MI

#3 Sep 10, 2006
Lisa, you must understand that as teachers we would go back as we did last year but the district can not be trusted to bargain in good faith. They turned around last year and took the pay concessions we gave them and gave the administrators a raise of $10,000 each when we were told all employees must give concessions. That is why we are not going back this year until we get a fair contract. We are fighting for better conditions in the schools.
Aaron Michaels

Berkley, MI

#4 Sep 13, 2006
I think the Grosse Ile School District should open up its doors to the children of the Detroit Public Schools via, "school of choice". Let's share our district with others so that they can receive a fine education. I believe that this Detroit teachers strike is a sign to open up our doors to them. I will be starting a coalition to begin this process.

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