Define FAIR for me because I have not heard a definition of FAIR<quoted text>
What is the BOE's plan in my humble opinion?
1) Don't negotiate in good faith (They have been trying since January, it has been the union dragging its feet to the table)
2) Attempt to portray the BOE as the "good guys" against the evil teachers (They have been forthcoming with their offers and where their positions are, the union on the other hand has only said they want fairness, whatever that means)
3) Force Strike (Hello food stamps and free clinics)
4) Create chaos and anxiety for parents and children to get them on the BOE's side (who is looking out for the children and the taxpayers? BOE)
5) Run and re-elect Tea Party folks whose beliefs and ideas are not part of the main stream of the community as a whole.(How come I never see a Tea Party label on a ballot?)
6) BOE can take over complete control over everything and begin their take over of the entire state.(Ok, that one is probably a stretch.)(Even you think you are crazy on that one)
7) Sign a contract that is unfair to everyone and not give any increases to anyone for anything, even though employees have not had a raise over the past few years.(What does unfair mean? The classified staff got their raises and taken care of pretty quickly)
8) Inform tax payers that new tax monies will NEVER be needed, although costs for everything do continue to rise. And not just labor costs, but supply costs, utility costs, etc.(Nobody has said anything of the sort, they have said given our current cash flow we will not need any new money for up to four years out. That is a far cry from the past five unnecessary levies that failed and deservedly so, they wanted Upwards of $40,000,000)
Amazing how a lot of the points are almost exactly the same?
TEA PARTY, what does that mean? Who are these folks? Where do they meet? IWhere do they appear on a ballot? I see Republican, Democrats, and Independents, the occasional Green, a Socialist once in a while, but I have never seen Tea Party.
What does complete control mean?
The classified people who have not had any access to increasing their pay for the past several years got a raise and seem to be happy. They did this with limited amounts of fan fair and got to the point.
Costs do indeed rise, particularly when you allow them to get out of hand in the first place. Costs that are controlled by market forces tend to stay in line with everything else. Union negotiated costs tend to naturally inflate to the advantage of the union and remain outside of normal market controlling factors.
While new money will eventually be needed, careful husbanding of our existing resources will not require those monies for some time into the future. Unless of course we follow the path followed by so many other bankrupt and near bankrupt districts and communities that bent to the union demands.