The leadership of the MTA has indeed refused to open the contract. Last year the teachers led the way in this district and made concessions WITHOUT OPENING THE CONTRACT. Our give backs included refunding money from the Welfare Fund, a voluntary increase in our health care contribution, and a pay give back in the form of ½ a day. This was not a furlough – we agreed to work that ½ day and not get paid for it because that is what made sense for our students. More than 90% of our membership voted for this give back.
The teachers have not said no to helping this community which supports our work with their children – we said we need more information so we make educated decisions based on real numbers. We attended the session on 11/30 and we will be there again on 2/2 & 2/9, and once we know the specific details and issues facing our schools, we will move forward in a way that is good for our students, our colleagues, and the community members.
President, Mamaroneck Teachers Association