East Greenwich - The East Greenwich Education Association (EGEA) voted on February 8 to reject the East Greenwich School Committee’s contract offer. That offer would have resulted in significant pay cuts for newly hired teachers, a high-deductible health plan for employees teaching less than seven years, and language regarding class sizes harmful to students. In all, the contract offer would have crippled the district’s ability to attract and retain the best teachers.
Prior to the vote, teachers were informed that refusal to accept the offer would result in the school committee moving to arbitration, rather than resuming negotiations. In spite of this threat, the members rejected the offer. What follows explains why:
The choice between the offer and arbitration was, in fact, no choice at all. When the options are a bribe and a threat, East Greenwich teachers chose to stand up for their values and their students. Teachers voted no on the school committee’s offer. The EGEA encourages the school committee to return to the bargaining table.
Contact: Stephanie Mandeville
NEA Rhode Island