Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Bright Side of Teachers' Choice

Boy, that Mr. A. Talk is one Gloomy Gus.  With him, the glass is always half-empty.  No doubt by now he's downed the entire drink and left nothing for the rest of us.  Yesterday he went on about the cuts to Teachers' Choice.  But of course, that's just one side of the story.

Doubtless you recall when Teachers' Choice was $260, and you could buy notebooks, printer ink, pens and all that groovy stuff you needed.  Then the UFT managed to negotiate it down to $150, a 40% reduction.  This year, it's $110, and that's closer to a 30% reduction.  So you see--this year it was clearly reduced less than last year, and we're moving in the right direction.  Perhaps next year it will be reduced 25%, then only 20, and well, you see.  Eventually it will hit a certain level from which it won't be able to be reduced at all.  Imagine the email from the UFT--You got nothing last year, and this year, after a carefully selected focus group did a study, took a vote, and went to a meeting, we've managed to keep your allotment at nothing.

In fact, while all the other unions got 4% and 4%, we've managed to keep our salary increase at precisely nothing.  Thus far, it hasn't been reduced at all.  Does pessimistic Mr. Talk point out the positive side?  Of course not.  Here you get the full story.

Clearly Mr. Talk is unfamiliar with the fine points of high-level negotiation.  I certainly hope he's learned something today.
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