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STRIKE: Pay delay shows district’s pettiness

Letter by Laura E. Strausbaugh, Tacoma on Sep. 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | 2 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:22 pm

As a 2004 graduate of Tacoma Public Schools, I was so proud of the positive and productive ways Tacoma students supported their teachers during the strike. They truly exemplified how civil disobedience can be a peaceful demonstration of how democracy works in our country.

I am confused, however, at the district’s latest action to delay teachers’ pay checks. How is there a state “law” that says teachers can’t be paid for days missed until they work them which then reimburses them two weeks later before any of these days have been made up?

Isn’t this just a petty, vindictive way to punish teachers? Didn’t the district sign a nonretaliation clause in the new contract? Didn’t the governor ask both sides to begin building trustful relationships and open lines of communication?

Superintendent Art Jarvis’ salary is $270,000 a year. Maybe he and the school board should lose eight days of pay for not negotiating in a timely manner and in effect causing the strike in the first place.

As a Tacoma resident and a new parent, I have lost confidence in the leadership abilities of Jarvis and the Tacoma School Board.

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