Thursday, August 23, 2007

Labor Issues

Sometime early last week the contract negotiations between the Moses Lake Education Association and the Moses Lake School District broke down and we are now at an impass. The mediator arrived today to try to get things settled and the "big-guns" from the Washington Education Association have come into town to help out. The big hang-ups are class size and compensation. There was a rally this morning prior to the renewing of negotiations and we're planning on packing the school board meeting tonight.

School starts with students on Wednesday the 29th of August and teachers are back on Monday the 27th. There has been talk of a possible strike, which I don't want any part of. I had thought about crossing the lines, but then realized that would be no different than people enlisting in the military and then not wanting to go to war. Besides, I'm too much of a chicken to do anything bold like that anyhow.

It's been very frustrating to hear how back in May the bargaining team met with the district to begin negotiating the new contract and the district shows up completely unprepared to talk about anything other than the weather. I could never get away with that as a teacher meeting with a parent for a prearranged conference.