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Port Chester Teachers: We're Ready To Commit To A Fair Contract

Union calls leaks about negotiations harmful.

Port Chester teachers, who have been without a contract since June 30, 2011, say they understand the tough financial problems faced by their district and are ready to commit to a fair contract.

However, the Port Chester Teachers Association also said today that leaks about contract negotions have been harmful and misleading.

"The Port Chester TA is acutely aware of the financial difficulties faced by virtually all the school districts in New York State, and particularly those here in Port Chester," said Port Chester Teachers Assciation President Linda O'Connor.  "Throughout the process of negotiations, we have stood ready to commit to a contract that makes sense for all parties concerned: one that not only alleviates the financial strains of the district, but that also compensates the hard-working employees of the district as well, so that the children of Port Chester may continue to receive the excellent education to which they are entitled.  We remain committed to the process of bargaining in good faith, and we remain ready to commit to a fair contract."

O'Connor said negotiations can only succeed when both sides are committed to respecting the very process of bargaining a contract in good faith. She said teachers have been disappointed by a recent series of leaks about negotiations and sugged those leaks are jeopardizing any new deal that might be possible. 

"It is certainly tempting to respond to such tactics by clarifying the misinformation that is currently permeating the press, and engaging in our own process of leaking information that is confidential and that should be confined to the negotiating table," O'Connor said. "The association will nevertheless continue to bargain in good faith, respecting the confidentiality of the process, and will hope that the district chooses the same path, going forward."

George Datino March 27, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Great idea and personally I would double the amount to at least $34,000 (punitive) per kid and make it for every year the kid has attended the school district. Unfortunately, not sure how many illegal aprtements they have been finding and I am not sure that there has been any desire to put in any severe punitive penalties to landlords who get caught.
PC Lover March 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Believe me $17K per child multiplied by the number of years the child was enrolled from that "illegal" address is punitive enough. At least then they pay their fair share. As the rest of us are scrambling to avoid cutting programs and laying off staff in the schools while their tenants are receiving FREE (not covered by the appropriate school tax on the property) education on our backs. Level the playing field! Property must pay appropriate proportional school taxes for number of apartments sending children to district whether apartments are legal or not. What say you, Saverio?
JJ March 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM
PC Lover.........100% right! Except , if you enacted this good plan it would interfere with all the landlord scams taking place in Port Chester and that would interrupt the entire HUD Scams here. It's the simple "cause & effect" scenario ; we have too many people living in too few houses. Break that cycle and it'll help eliminate infrastructure problems, crime, EMT & Fire calls, school budgets etc. These are issues that should have been investigated years ago by the Feds. A lot of people made tons of money over the fact that the village LOOKED the OTHER WAY regarding HOUSING ISSUES. We're paying for it now in spades..............
FJT March 27, 2012 at 12:37 PM
"It takes a school to bankrupt a village." -- Bumper Sticker
Blogger March 28, 2012 at 05:30 PM
@FJT - And, it takes a village to bankrupt a school - meaning that while the inequities of the Port Chester tax base attract much speculation, the bottom line is that we need to pass the school budget or we will begin to see a major slide in the academic reputation and future of this village. Don't let our village bankrupt our schools.

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