Contract Dispute: Teachers Rally Outside District Office
On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Monday, January 29, 2018.
While it's not uncommon for teachers' unions to face complications during negotiations of new contracts, unresolved problems can eventually have adverse effects on entire school communities. A current contract dispute in California seems to be getting worse instead of better. Things escalated recently when approximately 100 teachers lined up outside a district office and began chanting.
It was reportedly not the first time the teachers rallied outside the district office. They say they want administrators to know they are resolved in their support of one another as they continue to seek fair treatment in this contract dispute. During their most recent display of solidarity, they were heard chanting, "Fair contract now!" to try to get the district's attention.
Teacher representatives say they are not asking for the stars, merely proper tools and supplies to do their jobs well and adequate time to plan lessons according to new initiatives the district has imposed. As it stands, the teachers are saying the district has given them too much to do and not enough time to do it. In addition to these issues, the teachers in question are also requesting a pay raise in the final year of their contract. They say the district is losing good teachers who go to other areas where the pay is better.
District officials declined to comment on the current contract disagreement. These California teachers are not the only ones in the nation facing such problems. Many teachers say they are underpaid, overworked and not appreciated by their superiors. Such disputes often evoke strong emotions and are more easily resolved if those involved rely on experienced legal representation during contract negotiations.