Friday, May 7, 2010

Union out of touch

In case you missed it, here is a Courier Times editorial from yesterday . . .

The performance of Neshaminy teachers union President Louise Boyd at Tuesday's school board meeting was worthy of some sort of Oscar or perhaps a Tony, given the live audience. Highly educated and holding an impressive leadership position, Boyd gave a convincing performance as clueless and out of touch.

Boyd seemed befuddled and insulted that negotiators hadn't met since January to work out a new contract. She acted like the ball is in the school board's court - which it isn't. "I haven't been hiding for the last two years," Boyd said, referring the teachers expired contract. "I'm ready to go."

From our perspective, the board has been both clear and upfront with its offer: annual 3 percent salary increases, including steps, and contributions of 15, 16 and 17 percent over three years toward health care premiums.

The union's counteroffer remains a secret of sorts; at least Boyd won't say what it is. She has denied the board's characterization that the union won't budge from its demand that teachers continue receiving free health benefits - apparently, the big sticking point. The union countered with a cheaper health insurance plan but, according to the board, remains opposed to teachers contributing to its cost.

You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.

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