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Broward Teacher’s Union reject negotiations agreement

From the Broward Teacher’s Union office:

For the first time in the 40 year history of the Broward Teachers Union negotiating contracts with the School Board of Broward County, instructional staff for Broward schools overwhelmingly voted down a negotiations agreement for the 2009-2010 school year 93 percent to 7 percent after board members recently imposed on employees no promised step increases on the agreed upon salary schedule.

BTU President Pat Santeramo said despite the union offering district officials numerous “Smart Solutions” amounting to $17 million in cost savings and members lobbying Congress all summer so the district would receive an additional $50 million in federal funding to rehire laid off school-based employees and pay salaries, district officials still claimed they were unable to fund minimal step increases that employees were promised in the contract’s salary schedule. All employees are hired under the terms of the contract’s salary schedule, which awards them with basic step movement for each year of experience they work for the district. The instructional staff had agreed not to ask for raises above the minimal step increase.

“We are pleased that four new School Board members will be joining the district this month and hope they will once again make the staff and their students a budget priority,” Santeramo said. “With the arrest of two of the nine existing school board members and a state grand jury investigating district officials for corruption, employees have lost confidence in Superintendent Jim Notter’s ability to properly lead the school system.”

Union leaders blame the failed negotiations on district mismanagement by Superintendent Jim Notter, read the press release.

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Posted by Andrea Freygang on Nov 7 2010. Filed under Broward County, Latest news, Local news. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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