The Gazette received the following release from the Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association on Thursday afternoon. A few minutes later, there was a release from the Mamaroneck School District. An article on the topic will be appearing shortly.
The Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association was disappointed to hear that the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education have rejected the MTA’s generous proposal to save the school district over $650,000 for the 2010-2011 budget. The proposal surpassed the dollar amount that Superintendent Paul Fried had requested from the Association. The MTA offered to give back more than 1.14% of their contracted raise for the 2010-2011 school year, in exchange for a two-year contract extension. The MTA’s proposal was comparable to agreements reached in Scarsdale, Pelham, White Plains, Pocantico Hills, Eastchester, Nyack, and Somers school districts.
No counter proposal was offered by the Board of Education for consideration. Instead, the district representatives implied that they prefer to negotiate the entire contract next year – a time consuming and expensive process with an uncertain outcome.
Last year, the Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association was asked to make concessions to save jobs. The membership voted and gave back more than $250,000 asking for nothing in return. Linnet Tse, BOE President, in an email dated April 27, 2009 called the MTA’s generosity “historic.” In an email dated May 20, 2009, Paul Fried congratulated the teachers, and said, “The concessions granted by the MTA went a long way in creating good faith in the community.” The MTA was one of three districts in the county to make a concession.
The current contract, which was settled in 2008, was negotiated in good faith, benefiting both the Mamaroneck School District and the Mamaroneck Teachers’ Association. The MTA believes the BOE is being shortsighted in rejecting this generous proposal as it offers well-needed funds for the short term, and stability for the next three years.