Tuesday, August 29, 2006

No Excuses Here

It's all on the teachers. NYC Deputy Chancellor Alonso would be proud of what's happening in Motor City.

Detroit, facing a 105-million dollar deficit, wants its teachers to pay for almost 90% of it through wage and benefit cuts. Does anyone suppose that the teachers would be offered 90% of a surplus?

Historically, in NYC municipal employees take zeroes, or multiple zeroes, when the city's going through rough times. We defer pay and get it back years later.

During boom times, though, we do not share in the benefits.

Detroit teachers, facing a 5% pay reduction, have indeed been driven to the edge. The judge was wise to order negotiation in lieu of capitiulation.

It's disgraceful that the district can't even be bothered sending people with authority to negotiate, and also disgraceful there are no consequences for management's failure to negotiate in good faith.

Thanks to Schoolgal
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