Chariho School Parents’ Forum

March 17, 2008

Providence Journal reports on NEA complaint

Filed under: contract negotiations,Unions — Editor @ 11:08 pm

The ProJo reported on the NEA complaint and Bob Petit’s reading of the statement.

But some of his fellow School Committee members — including Robert Petit — took exception to his deportment and postings.

Last September the district’s support personnel union, which was in the midst of contract negotiations, filed a grievance against the School Committee that alleged an unfair labor practice and cited Felkner by name.

The committee has discussed the grievance behind closed doors.

But Felkner, who has talked about the issue in public and released a copy of a proposed settlement sent by the union by e-mail, says the discussions were about his blog and his actions and, therefore, amounted to a grievance against him, which he requested to have heard in public.

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9 Comments »

  1. Hi!
    Did you see in today’s advertisement in The Providence Journal “South County” edition the teachers union for the Exeter-West Greenwich School District calling on the public to call negotiating team members and school committee members on the contract listing their names and phone numbers? Isn’t that negotiating in public? I do not claim to be an expert on law but there seems to be some inconsistency? This advertisement no doubt also appeared in the West Bay edition of The Providence Journal.
    I belonged to unions at two places I worked so I am not anti-union. Check out the salary situation in South County by buying a South County edition today or reading about it online at http://www.projo.com and do a search. You will find other related stories on this topic regarding government employees.
    Regards,
    Scott

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — March 19, 2008 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  2. Seems like your again onto something gain Mr. Hirst. Another eye opener. Wow.

    Comment by James — March 20, 2008 @ 4:36 pm | Reply

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    Comment by Richmond RI News — March 22, 2008 @ 7:42 am | Reply

  4. I believe Mr. Hirst what your referring to was in Wednesday Journal. I could be wrong. I will have to track it down. I guess it depends who ‘negotiates’ in public. What is laughable is what Felkner is going through. Frivilous suits are filed all the time and are thrown out of court all the time. Sounds like Grandstanding by the 800lb gorilla. I thought the circus came to town at the Big Apple only. The arrogance of the advertisement ‘openly negotiating’ apparently is ok if it is done by nea/ union. I will re read it and get back unless i missed something while the EWG taxpayers were being pontificated too. ‘Illegally?

    Good luck Richmondrinews, hopefully you have some factual based numbers to educate us with. Again all the best.

    Comment by James — March 22, 2008 @ 12:09 pm | Reply

  5. The response to question 1 the ‘paid advertisement’you mentioned above was in last Wednesdays Pro Jo on page D6 showing the teachers union of the EWG ‘negotiating openly’ with the taxpayers and listing the ‘negotiating committee’ phone numbers is an eye opener, though hardly un expected. A smart move? Hardly.

    Their was another EWG article in todays journal. Will have to get that and let folks know that the cancer is trying to spread north.

    Chariho Folks saw the threat of another building vote in the So Co section as well. When will they get it down south of us. Bless ya.

    Comment by Ryan — March 26, 2008 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  6. The solution is school choice. Let parents decide where their kids will be educated and the problems will quickly work themselves out. Terrible teachers will be fired and excellent teachers will be rewarded. Once parents decide what is best instead of government employees than American kids will be able to compete with the rest of the world. My biggest objection to the amount they spend now is that the kids get so little in return. Let the unions negotiate with taxpayers. Taxpayers can’t do worse than school boards have been doing for years!

    Comment by Truth or Consequences — March 26, 2008 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  7. Over the weekend, an excuse me for for getting the gentlemans name wrong, Rahm Manual now an elected official in Illinois (formerly a Bill Clinton Adminsitration official) mentioned that Charter Schools/school choice was the way to educate our young people reegarding accountabilty. Chicago is a big place the 800 lb gorilla as Mr. Walsh described his (NEA-RI) union would die in and the may happen yet in RI.

    I don’t have money for flowers, my money is for ‘all kids all the time’. I saw that somewhere from a fellow comunity parent. Check our test scores in RI!

    Thanks for the blog, this is wonderful. I hope more of our Exeter West
    Greenwich people/parents ‘blog’on. And it heads northward. A great site over the lack of results and exploitation of taxpayers.

    Whats the scoop in Westerly? Are they ready to succeed to CT? The richest state in the union.

    Comment by Ryan — March 26, 2008 @ 6:15 pm | Reply

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