I am shocked, sickened, and livid to report that minutes before tonight’s School Committee Meeting (where the SC negotiation team was expected to present and ratify our tentative contract agreement), THEY BACKED OUT OF THE AGREEMENT THEY NEGOTIATED WITH US!
The School Committee now proposes that ESPs without a Bachelor’s Degree, stay on the new Step 1 indefinitely! This is ludicrous and is absolutely not a part of any proposal that the SC negotiation team previously presented to us.
We have negotiated almost a year and a half in good faith. What the SC is doing now – reneging on an agreement with us – is called “regressive bargaining” and considered an illegal unfair labor practice.
The School Committee’s action goes beyond being disrespectful, dismissive, and demeaning. We are professionals and this blatant slap in the face will not be tolerated! Immediate action must be taken by the ESP Unit!