2010-06-10 / Letters

Teachers’ Union Willing To Compromise

To The Editor:

“We all have two choices; we can make a living or we can design a life.” Forbes Road teachers desire to accomplish both but have been working, and volunteering, without a contract for the past year – something we have always considered a worthy investment in your children’s futures.

We have made a concerted effort to find a way to compromise over the differences between the Forbes Road School District and the Forbes Road Education Association. We initiated fact-finding in the hopes that a neutral third-party appointed by the Pennsylvania State Labor Relations Board would render a decision that was fair to both sides. The fact-finder examined and analyzed the district’s financial status, developing a report that the district could afford. If both sides had accepted the report, it would have been the core of the new contract.

The association invited all members of the staff to review the report, and its members voted overwhelmingly to accept it. We realized that it was a fair compromise, and while it didn’t give us all we’d hoped for, we were ready to settle and refocus our energy. Unfortunately, the school board didn’t see it that way. Apparently they were not looking for a compromise. When the report didn’t give them everything they wanted, they voted to reject it – twice. Forbes Road’s teachers are still ready to settle so we can move forward, but the board is not. We’re a year without a contract, about to enter a second. Let’s get this settled.

Lisa Black, teacher,

parent, taxpayer

and Forbes Road Education Association

President

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