“yes…and I’m the Pope.”
I still have to wonder who is believing the grandiose verbiage coming from the Breakfast Club’s website. They continue to twist the facts to suit their own purpose – nothing less than a hostile takeover of the SDEA board. Perhaps they believe that their continued use of half-truths will suddenly inspire the masses that they are right. Sadly, their current laundry list of ills takes more liberties with the truth.
Did SDEA bargain “…the most furlough days out of any teachers’ union in the entire state of CA?”
No. Whether or not the TA passed this summer, those furlough days were a foregone conclusion if Proposition 30 failed. What your bargaining team DID do is attempt to lessen the impact of the furlough days should Prop. 30 fail. Rather than have all 14 additional days immediately take affect, your bargaining team included language in the TA to create tiered furlough days. What that means is: for every $32.50 the district loses in per-pupil spending, we are hit with one additional furlough day. That language was in the agreement that was passed by our membership.
Will SDUSD force us to give up our healthcare coverage?
NO – they can’t FORCE us to do that. We have fully-paid health care, for you, your spouses/significant others and your families until the end of 2014…when our contract will be open for negotiations. Personally, I enjoy my fully-paid health care coverage…as do the rest of our membership. That’s why it was a non-issue for our bargaining team this past summer. That’s why summer health care coverage for laid-off educators was part of the TA. The district can ask all it wants. Until YOU – THE SDEA MEMBERSHIP – decide that you want to bargain with health care, it’s off the table, period. No matter what horror stories you might read elsewhere.
Why wasn’t there a “no lay-off” clause in the TA?
The bargaining team knew it would be unenforceable. History has shown that during times of financial hardship, no lay-off clauses within union contracts will not hold. If The Breakfast Club would actually do some research before screaming about this issue, it would save us all some time. Check out this previous post for some links to cities where no lay-off clauses were voided by the state government.
Will Prop 30 solve all our problems?
Not all…but it is the first step. When it passes, mid year cuts are gone. Any new money coming in returns to us through raises and the removal of furlough days. Next year – additional raises and the restoration of Prop 98 funding, helping to ensure that this crap doesn’t happen again.
Are we going into bargaining in the next school year?
No. Perhaps, once again, some research would have been nice. Our contract is closed through the end of the 2014 school year. No bargaining next year, just a closed contract. Of course, I have no illusions that the district will just sit back on their haunches and let things pass unmolested, regardless of how things pan out today. However…
Our TA also included an agreement between SDUSD and SDEA to have open, ongoing discussion on how to avoid the “pink slip season” in the coming years. And THAT is something that would not have happened during the previous regime: open, honest dialogue between two opposing parties.
Are we, as the Club suggests, “Bill Freeman’s Board?”
No – we’re SDEA’s board. Bill Freeman is our president.
Are the Breakfast Club’s claims true?
No – in fact, a couple of the people who are facing recalls didn’t even run this year, including me. If the members of The Breakfast Club can’t even get that one simple fact right, I wonder what else they’re lying about on their website…
Finally…is The Breakfast Club a “reform caucus?”
First, some definitions from the dictionary:
- Reform: Make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.
Personally, I doubt that any improvement will occur should The Breakfast Club take over our union.
- Caucus: a closed meeting of a group of persons belonging to the same political party or faction usually to select candidates or to decide on policy;
Well…they certainly are a closed group. Not sure if they are of the same political party. However, it’s the word “faction” that caught my eye.
- Faction: party or group (as within a government) that is often contentious or self-seeking. See also: clique.
Now THAT’S a definition that certainly holds water. So, if one puts these all together we have a proper definition:
The Breakfast Club – A self-seeking group of contentious people attempting to decide on policy that may not change our union for the better.
Remember – I didn’t make this up. I didn’t create this from thin air. This is a direct definition of how they represent themselves. I’ll leave the other dots for you to connect.
I’m Dennis Schamp and I approve this message. These are the ramblings of me, myself, and I. I do not purport to represent any other person, group, or breakfast food. However, I find that I really do need that large coffee from 7-11 just to jump-start my day.