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Letter writers ding Arizona boycott, argue teacher seniority rules

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 14, 2010 at 5:29 pm with 2 Comments »
May 14, 2010 5:48 pm

What issues got letter writers writing this week?

No. 1, by far, is the Tacoma City Council proposal to boycott Arizona over its tough new immigration law. And there’s almost no disagreement among the contributors: All but one think a boycott is a really dumb idea.

No. 2 is the teacher seniority issue prompted by the article about a young, much-loved Mount Tahoma teacher who will be displaced to another school because of teacher union seniority rules. The letter writers were split on this one, with a couple seeing value in experience (one even said the young man should just consider himself lucky to still have a job) and others saying the seniority-trumps-all rule needs revising.

Read them on our letters blog.

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  1. olympicmtn says:

    Where was the TNT ED Board years ago when leaders pushed for pay for performance? I hear a lot of people swallowing their union pride these days trying to recover from what was studied and proposed in the school district in 2000. Ten years ago, only to be ignored by the TNT as they protected those union members who prescribed to big salaries, seniority and longevity pay.

  2. cheryltucker says:

    The ed board has long advocated pay for performance. Believe me, we hear plenty of criticism of our labor positions from unions representing teachers and other public employees. We’ve also criticized longevity pay.

    Read today’s editorial about Pierce Transit. It’s fairly typical of our past stances.

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