November 16, 2012
The following editorial is a result of the ongoing teacher contract negotiations in St. Lucie County. As shared on the Florida Public Employees Facebook page:
By: David Freehand
The St Lucie County School Board doesn’t appear to be interested in bargaining.
We tackled the CU pay scale which was a monster. Simplified it. Proposed a 5% increase and a step. Next year move everyone to their required step. A little over 2 million in increases and 46,000 to make the necessary changes.
Told them they could pay for it by simply eliminating their “special” lawyer and hire in-hou
We also told the board that teachers are uncomfortable asking our community to support a tax increase of any kind when the board refuses to make serious cuts to anything besides teachers and staff. It may come to a request for a special levy, but not until there are real cuts somewhere besides us.
We asked a simple question about how much and where the money is stashed in the reserve funds and they were unwilling to answer that simple question.
Finally, we asked to form a workgroup to help explain the CU proposal and work on any necessary changes and they refused that request.
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