Tuesday, August 12, 2008

WTU contract update

Looks like the contract negotiations between DCPS and the WTU have hit a bit of a snag.
Washington Teachers' Union (WTU) President George Parker stopped just short yesterday of completely rejecting Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee's proposal that tenured teachers must spend a year on probation to become eligible for huge salary hikes and performance bonuses.

But a union source with direct knowledge of contract talks between the teachers and the city tells the D.C. Wire that Parker considers the provision "a deal breaker." Moreover, the source said, Parker told Rhee as much at a May 28 meeting.

"He said it from the outset," said the source, who asked not to be named because of concern that Rhee might try to retaliate.

According to the source, Rhee was pushing Parker to wrap up a contract agreement before the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) convention, scheduled to begin in Chicago on July 10. Rhee was concerned that if he arrived in Chicago with the contract not completed, he would be pressured by union officials to back off of the pay package.
Make sure to check out The DC Teacher Chic's blog, who's all over the contract issue.

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