Last week was a full week.
On Friday, thousands of BTU members picketed at their schools and sites demanding that the school district ‘Talk to Teachers’
|Entire staff from CASH HS picket in Fields Corner
photo by James Kelly
. Why Talk to Teachers? Because our members have gone 15 months without a contract, and there are many issues flapping in the wind as a result: SPED reorganization; adequate and effective English Language Learner training; the question of if, how, and at what compensation will there be an extended day; the adequacy of professional growth opportunities for our members; and so on. On these and other matters of collective bargaining we need a response. And we need the Superintendent to come to the negotiation table. Finally. This has gone on long enough.
|BTU Plane over West Roxbury,
photo, courtesy PATCH.com
We received photos from all over the city–from Charlestown to Roxbury, Brighton to South Boston, West Roxbury to East Boston, Readville to Dorchester, and everyplace in between. See the outstanding video professionally done here. See photos here. The BTU also rented a plane that flew over the city all day.
Here’s a non-YouTube site to see the same video.
On Thursday, the Superintendent caused a brouhaha by accusing the BTU of postponing a negotiating session. Here’s the takeaway. On the 17th, five days ago, our attorney sent the BPS’s outside counsel this letter requesting negotiations. We have yet to hear back from either outside counsel or the Superintendent. That’s why we call upon the BPS to Talk to Teachers