Today's Courier Times editorial follows on the heels of their meeting with NFT President Louise Boyd on Monday in which she is described as being "Obtuse, circuitous, secretive, evasive, rambling and dismissive." That behavior in combination with the economic reality of the situation undoubtedly fueled the Courier's editorial staff to voice strong criticism of the NFT's ongoing position.
Even the NFT's PR-driven course change to suddenly emphasize educational goals is met with skepticism as the Courier Times adds, "We find it curious - surreal? - that a union which ordered an academically damaging work slowdown now wants to focus on education."
The NFT strategy to shift the public discussion away from the cost of their contract demands is in full swing. An article in today's newspaper notes that the NFT called for a meeting with district administrators to talk about educational priorities. There is also another article in which a Courier Times reporter asks a few random residents their opinion of the contract negotiations.
As I told the Courier Times on Monday, the Board is pleased that the NFT wants to speak with administration about educational goals, and those discussions can and should occur independently of contract negotiations. But if there are ideas or programs that arise from the discussions of education that cost money, then the issue of our expensive labor contract once again will come front and center. And the solution to that problem is one that the NFT doesn't want to speak about.