Another Union Fight on the Way

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Providence Plans To Pink Slip All Teachers
In Rhode Island, the school district plans to send out dismissal notices to every one of its 1,926 teachers, an unprecedented move that has union leaders up in arms. In a letter sent to all teachers Tuesday, Supt. Tom Brady wrote that the Providence School Board on Thursday will vote on a resolution to dismiss every teacher, effective the last day of school.
In an e-mail sent to all teachers and School Department staff, Brady said, “We are forced to take this precautionary action by the March 1 deadline given the dire budget outline for the 2011-2012 school year in which we are projecting a near $40 million deficit for the district,” Brady wrote. Providence is facing a daunting budget crisis. The city had a $57-million deficit last year and expects a higher figure for the year ending June 30.
“Since the full extent of the potential cuts to the school budget have yet to be determined, issuing a dismissal letter to all teachers was necessary to give the mayor, the School Board and the district maximum flexibility to consider every cost savings option, including reductions in staff. To be clear about what this means,” Brady wrote, “this action gives the School Board the right to dismiss teachers as necessary, but not all teachers will actually be dismissed at the end of the school year.”
The Providence Teachers Union is ready for a fight. Get ready for the high level of rhetoric here folks, “This is beyond insane,” Providence Teachers Union President Steve Smith said Tuesday night. “Let’s create the most chaos and the highest level of anxiety in a district where teachers are already under unbelievable stress. Now I know how the United States State Department felt on Dec. 7 , 1941.” That was the day the Japanese government bombed Pearl Harbor.  Yes, the City handing out pink slips in an effort the deal with budget issues is now being compared to the attack on US soil where 2,403 American lives were lost and 21 ships of the US Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged.
Apparently getting a pink slip is now comparable to kamikaze attacks.

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0 responses to “Another Union Fight on the Way

  1. I’m sure that Pearl Harbor orphans still alive today are *totally* sympathetic to teachers in Providence now. Yeah. Same feeling.
    And teachers still wonder why the public thinks they’re a bunch of spoiled brats?

    • You’re right Candance. These public union employees have a feeling of entitlement that is hard for most of us to swallow. For what they produce, (grades lagging far behind Japan and Israel for example), it’s unfathomable to justify what looks like covetousness to those outside the unionized world.
      And since I am a home schooling mom, I can testify to the fact that a SUPERIOR education can be achieved with very little money and a lot of hard work and determination.

  2. Wild metaphor inflation and emotional rhetoric treated as literal… left/libtards are nothing if not entertaining (though still obnoxious to folk with sense).


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