The subtitle on the NFT website headline says it all: NFT’S GENERAL MEMBERSHIP AUTHORIZES LEADERSHIP TO CALL A STRIKE OR WORK TO CONTRACT AT THEIR DISCRETION.
Whether the rank and file has intentions of striking if they don't get what they want from negotiations remains to be seen, but clearly this is a shot across the bow of the Board and public. According to a statement by Louise Boyd, "The certified staff spoke loud and clear this evening that they are fed up with the district’s failure to negotiate in good faith.”
On the NFT Facebook page one teacher said, "When sisters and brothers stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?"
No doubt the teachers believe this will further their cause. I'm not here to say bring it on because this is a very serious matter and it should be treated accordingly, but I do question their wisdom in granting such dictatorial powers to a leadership that has so badly misread and mismanaged the situation since the very beginning.
I see this as another instance in a long line of regrettable decisions by the NFT.