The Warrior Run Education Association has been working to negotiate a new contract since January 2011. Our members have shown their good faith in the process by continuing to work under the terms and conditions of the expired contract. We have been patient, knowing the complexity of negotiations, and we have continued to provide a professional, high-quality education to our students. However, frustration is growing among our members at the lack of progress at the bargaining table. The school board's unwillingness to seriously address the needs of the school district is disappointing.
Therefore, we have begun "working to rule". This means we will perform all duties outlined by the contract, but will not do any work voluntarily beyond the terms and conditions of the contract. During the school day, students will continue to receive high-quality professional attention. The purpose of "working to rule" is to demonstrate the great amount of work we do voluntarily-both before and after the work day-for which we do not receive compensation nor expect any.
We hope that the school board will realize the value of our work and truly understand that our teachers voluntarily go above and beyond the requirements of our contract every day.
If we want students to succeed, we must invest in priorities that build the foundation for learning. We hope the school board addresses the remaining issues at the bargaining table and that we can come to an agreement that is fair to teachers, students and taxpayers.
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