The contract talks with the city have intensified, and now the union has called for picketing and a vote of no confidence for Alonso.
My feelings haven't changed, except that I'm perhaps more frustrated with my union than before, because I think going after Alonso is unfair. I'm happy with what the man has done so far, and attacking this new guy with the credentials who says all the right things and works his butt off seems like a poor political ploy. I will not be signing any vote of no confidence against Dr. Alonso. I would be much more likely to do it for Marietta English, the President of the Union.
A. I'm embarassed to be part of a union that fights for 45 minutes of planning time a week, rather than class sizes (one of my classes hit 37 this week, and I've got 170 kids), materials (still no overhead projector, still no textbooks for the kids to take home, still no working printer or computer that I didn't buy myself), or a 12-month contract.
B. I'm frustrated and embarassed by the "work to rule" tactic. It's ineffective and hurts kids.
C. While I'm embarassed by the above, I'm also frustrated with the school board for not giving teachers a contract. The planning time is something I don't particularly care about - we're asked to attend meetings during our planning period fairly often, and it's just a necessary part of the job, and no professional teacher refuses unless it's totally useless - but I do not want this time dictated by North Avenue nor administration. Professional teachers take time to collaborate without it written into the contract. Writing it into the contract and allowing North Avenue to control that time is ridiculous, and I'm glad that the union is standing up against it - I'm just angry beyond belief that this is all they are standing up for.
The union head at school is calling for teachers to wear yellow t-shirts on Friday and to picket in support of getting a contract. If I wasn't having surgery, I'd be doing that, because I do want a contract, and I do think it's important that this issue is publicized. But I'd also be disappointed and embarassed by the details behind it all.
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