Like all Good Hostage Takers Paul Georges has released his list of Demands to the Lowell Sun and basically he is telling the School Committee take it or leave it and last night they left it.
According to the SUN the Memorandum of agreement presented to the committee by United Teachers of Lowell President Paul Georges, and obtained by The Sun, calls for
1) Orientation day to be an unpaid day that teachers would not be required to work.
So the teachers don’t want to give up a days pay, they want to have a day off! Typical UNION BS
2) In exchange for that concession, as well as a projected $300,000 in health-insurance savings realized as teachers switch from Master Medical to less costly health plans, the union is asking that the district guarantee there will be “no further layoffs or cuts incurred by bargaining unit members beyond those cut as of June 14, 2010.”
So even if the State cuts another 10 Million the Teachers ALL teachers are SAFE ! How can they guarantee that when they don’t have total control over where the money comes from?
3) The memorandum also declares that if any new money to address the budget becomes available, UTL members “will be rehired commensurate to at least the dollar value reflected” in savings generated by the furlough and one-half of the health-insurance savings.
So they also want to tell the Committee and School Dept. how to spend any money that they may get.
Now I understand why John Leahy and Jim Leary were about to explode last night. If I were on the Committee I would have taken a less friendly tact. I simply would have stated:
The Lowell School committee has tried over the past several months to reach realistic agreement with the Lowell Teachers Union regarding concession. Unfortunately because of Collective Bargaining agreements I am not at liberty to discuss. However we could not reach a reasonable agreement and have no choice but to eliminate several more teachers and cut programs and you can Thank Paul Georges and the Lowell teachers Union for this.
A Budget has to be in place by July 1st and this guy is holding this city hostage and someone needs to step up and call him on this or else we will continue to be at his mercy. He is playing chicken with the careers of young teachers and jeopardizing the kids and it needs to stop!