RESPECT – to show regard or consideration for: to respect someone, proper acceptance or courtesy; acknowledgment: to show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly
Try to put aside your politics or the notion that I am defending a “friend” and see if you can be honest with yourself.
If you have worked at a company for 5, 10, 15, 25, or 30 years, you have seen great change and not so great change. You have witnessed how evaluations and raises have been done and then when you come up, for the first time ever in the history of that company not only is a change happening suddenly and without any notification, your value and worth is being discussed among not only your bosses but in front of those who work for you. Is your contribution valued at 2% – 3% -0%? Really answer the question how would you feel? And don’t give me the political BS that it’s Taxpayers money we are talking about.
This was the highest amount of disrespect shown to any public sector authority figure in the entire Merrimack Valley and the Greater Lowell Technical School Committee should be embarrassed.
This isn’t about Transparency or fairness or ‘the Team” Look at this statement: “The rest of the team got 2 percent all the way down the line. Why is it that we don’t follow the team and why do we need more than the team? How does the rest of the team feel? That’s why we have culture problems,”
Where was ‘the Teams’ contract and raise given? BEHIND CLOSE DOORS then voted on in Public. If that’s good for ‘the team’ why isn’t good for the team leader?
Has anyone else noted that the Committee member talking about ‘The team” and who actually with a straight face said ‘We need open government,” has been the recipient of the taxpayers money his entire life and yet doing a Google Search and search of the Sun and Lexington Minuteman, I cannot find 1 article or story where he publicly lobbies and fights for his or any of his family members on the public payroll, positions ever to be negotiated in public.
The same old political Bull S*#T of “Do as I say, NOT as I do!” Yet no one calls him out on this hypocrisy. Search it yourself and send me any published article you find. I didn’t find 1
Paul Morin was a teacher for many years and isthisclose to the union. Look who became head of contract talks and settled the teacher’s contract. Find me 1 time when he advocated negotiating his evaluation or contract in public when he was a teacher or represented the school committee? He said nothing after giving the Supt. a positive review but voted NO anyway. WHY?
Fed Bahou has shown multiple times by his gender biased comments and his advocating for his friend what his position is. It’s personal, he has to stock shelves and work long hours but a 30 year employee with a master’s in education who attends night meetings and puts in 10-12 hour days deserves a HIGH FIVE not a raise.
Dave Conway would be tarred and feathered but Paul and Fred get a pass?
The 2% raise was fair; I have ZERO objections to that. It is the manner in the way the committee did it that I find appalling. It showed ZERO respect for a 30 year employee.
Those that though Ray Boutin was a bad choice because he supports the Superintendent must be relieved, he made the motion. Maybe the committee member who told me they had 2 of ‘our guys” ready to run against O’Hare and Boutin may reconsider that now.
Let’s see IF they have to hire a new Superintendent if they will advertise the fact that negotiations will be done 100% in public. Will they refuse to negotiate the “teams” next contract behind closed doors? Isn’t that the line they set? Think the union will go along with that?
And YES I know I am the only one making a big deal of it. Not the first nor last time that will happen.
Onto other things…
Senator Eileen Donoghue is pleased to announce that the City of Lowell will be receiving an increase in funding this year through the Shannon Grant program. The Senator Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative (Shannon CSI), commonly known as Shannon Grants, is a state grant program administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. The City of Lowell will receive $518,000 in Shannon Grant funding this year; this represents a significant increase over last year’s funding of $450,000. During the FY13 budget, Senator Donoghue fought to secure increased funding for this line item. Due in part to her efforts, the FY13 Shannon Grant line item saw a $750,000 increase over the previous year.
The Column mentions that LOWELL SUPERINTENDENT of Schools Jean Franco submits a quarterly report of her progress on School Committee motions and that Bob Gignac waited 11 months for a response. Why isn’t there a weekly agenda item (or bi-weekly in their case) similar to the City Council?
Communications from City Manager—Responses to City Council Motions and Requests and Informational Materials?
Also why aren’t old motions listed on the School depts.. website, so the public can see what is still not responded to?
I missed the 2nd half of City Life on Tuesday when Connie Martin joined Kristen Ross Sitcawich and the Savior of the Latin Lyceum Victoria Fahlberg. Apparently something was said about a motion regarding Report Cards that the committee passed and it hadn’t yet been enacted on by the Administration.
I hope Kristen or Connie can email and explain what that is. George gave me homework of getting an answer to what was it the committee passed and why hasn’t the Administration followed up on it and why hasn’t the school committee demanded an answer themselves?
Speaking of the Lyceum, after listening to Dr. Fahlberg mention she has spent so much time and isn’t paid for all her work that I think a little stipend should be offered or maybe a scholarship named in her honor. I’m also concerned that the Lyceum may collapse and go away after she leaves at the end of the year because she no longer has a child there. Who will keep it going?
If you listened closely on Tuesday it appears that the Lowell High School Headmaster will not be getting a new contract.
Great tease in Kendall Wallace’s Saturday Chat yesterday “The other dynamic to watch in the council race is the potential of two young professionals, one male and one female, running. I had a pretty strong indication that both are poised for a campaign this fall.” So far names of potential candidates have been few.
It’s only early January and I’m already tired of hearing the same old tired talk about Plan E versus Strong Mayor. Who is finally going to stop talking and actually do something? I also liked Mr. Wallace’s suggestion that maybe we look into amending the charter to have the ceremonial mayor elected by the public, rather than the nine city councilors selecting one of their own. The current system has caused some major splits among councilors that generally starts the new term off in a very ugly mood.
Can a citizen ask the council to put forth a binding referendum? Can a council pass a motion to get something on the ballot?
The Butler School Site will be sold if the council approves the motion on Tuesday’s Agenda. It is being sold for $265,000 and the developers plan on putting up 2 buildings that will contain food service, office and retail businesses and includes a new public roadway connecting Gorham and Ellsworth to Livingston and Newhall streets. This was not the highest bid ($325,000) was but that proposal was for 1 building which was to be used as a Supermarket / Restaurant /Function Hall but didn’t include the road or convey the possibility for more economic development around the area and had a longer construction schedule.