So it would be OK if the school board started with a 5% pay cut and then negotiated to a final settlement. Would you claim that a 5% cut is unreasonable? Well the union's first offer of 9.5% per year for 5 years was unreasonable.Hank, they aren't asking for 8.2 per year. Don't you understand negotiations? Both groups start somewhere and then they meet in between. Who said get a contract at any cost? Did anyone say cave? I said NEGOTIATE. Both sides should be held accountable to negotiate. It MUST be done, that is how the system works. No one here created it, it's the way it is. So, get to the room, negotiate, and start school. It is part of their job and I still maintain if the board had started early, beginning of the year, we would not be in this mess.
The union strategists have bungled the negotiation. When this is settled, the union will not get the raise they wanted and there will be a huge rift between teachers and parents that will carry over to the next contract.