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Garcia Labor Complaint Dismissed

Today the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations dismissed a complaint against the union filed by High School Vice President Edwin Garcia. The complaint was filed more than a year ago, with several labor board hearings held to hear testimony and consider the complaint.

Here is the complaint submitted by Mr. Garcia in June 2013.

Amended Garcia Labor Complaint

Upon the conclusion of the hearings in the winter of 2014, each side submitted a brief in lieu of a final oral argument.

Brief for BFT

Brief for Garcia

Here is the actual Labor Board decision handed down on July 23, 2014.

Labor Decision 4751

 

 
 

ConnTeach only 2 weeks away!

This is a reminder that this year’s ConnTEACH is happening on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 8am-3pm at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill, CT. It is sponsored by the PREK-12 & PSRP Council. This conference is open to all AFT CT Teacher & Para Members. Please forward this information to all your teacher and paraprofessional members and encourage them to attend!

 To register, click here or mail in the attached registration form. When registering, please make sure to rank each session’s workshops by preference (1 being your first choice)! That way if a workshop fills up, there is a second workshop already chosen.

 Please note there is a $25 fee that can be mailed to the AFT CT Office prior, or collected at the registration desk the day of the conference. Check can be made payable to AFT Connecticut.

Thank you!

 Anna Cerritelli

AFT CONNECTICUT

35 Marshall Rd.

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

860-257-9782

www.aftct.org

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

July BOE Meeting – Cafe Fight Continues; Superintendent Contract Extended; New OTL Director

The July 9 BOE meeting, delayed from July 2, was full of developments.

- The BOE voted to continue its legal battle to privatize the cafeteria workers. See article here.

-Superintendent Ellen Solek has had her contract extended through June 30, 2017.

-Pam Brisson has been chosen as the new Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning.

The entire meeting can be viewed online. Go here and click “watch now”

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in BFT Members

 

Malloy Announces Plan To Assist With Common Core

Malloy Announces Plan To Assist With Common Core

By KATHLEEN MEGAN, kmegan@courant.com

The Hartford Courant

6:27 PM EDT, June 26, 2014

Calling it the “Connecticut Core Initiative,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced plans Thursday to follow recommendations made by a task force to help implement the new academic standards known as the Common Core State Standards.

“Figuring out the best way to move forward is what the challenge has been,” Malloy said at a news conference at Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School. He said the task force has give us “great advice about how to proceed.”

“This is not an end point, this is just more response in the continuum of discussion, ongoing dialogue to make sure that we’re getting it right and bringing everyone along as we do it,” Malloy said.

That has been a problem for Malloy who established the task force of educators and parents in March because of considerable opposition to the new standards and concerns that teachers had not been adequately prepared for them. In February, a state teachers union leader called the roll-out of the standards “botched” and said teachers needed more time to learn about the new standards.

But on Thursday, Mark Waxenberg, executive director of the Connecticut Education Association, and Melodie Peters, president of the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut accompanied Malloy and showed their support for the initiative.

“We look with great enthusiasm and optimism to be to be able to help implement the recommendations that the task force has put forward today,” Waxenberg said.

Peters said the new initiative to implement the Common Core is “a wonderful beginning … because it was inclusive.”

Malloy announced plans to direct $2 million in state education money to fund 1,000 professional training days for teachers and another $2 million toward professional development for teachers, concentrating on English and math.

The new funding will also be used to assist special education teachers and teachers of English as a second language.

And Malloy has asked the state Department of Education to create an advisory committee to award up to $1 million in mini-grants to get additional resources aligned with the Common Core into classrooms and the community. Teachers and parent groups will be able to apply for the grants.

Malloy is also asking the state to provide “back to school kits” to superintendents and school leaders to provide jargon-free communication with parents and the community about the new standards.

In addition, Malloy said $10 million from the capital budget will be used to upgrade school technology needed to support the transition to the new standards.

The new initiatives didn’t stop Malloy’s political opponents, however. Both Jonathan Pelto, a petitioning gubernatorial candidate, and Sen. John McKinney, a Republican candidate for governor, issued statements calling for elimination of the Common Core State Standards in Connecticut.

Copyright © 2014, The Hartford Courant

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in BFT Members, Common Core/SBAC

 

Middle School Survey

To inform the committee that will revise the middle school program, a survey has been created by OTL for middle school teachers to complete. The survey can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6SKB35G

The committee, formed of nine teachers and nine administrators, is still seeking teachers to volunteer, one in science, the other social studies. Meetings are currently scheduled for several Wednesday afternoons in July and August. Those interested should contact Andy Lees at Central Office.

 
 

Cafeteria Workers Win Labor Complaint

Below is the story from the Bristol Press. The original article can be read here

BRISTOL — The city’s 53 cafeteria workers will keep their jobs.

A ruling by the state Board of Labor Relations Tuesday said the Board of Education must honor the tentative agreement it negotiated with the union, a deal that the Republican majority on the panel declined to back.

“I’m very, very happy about the cafeteria workers,” said Mike Petosa, president of the Greater Bristol Labor Council. “This was a long struggle they went through.”

School board members could not be reached late Tuesday.

It is not clear what will happen with the contract the schools recently made with a private cafeteria operator that hoped to begin serving city students in the coming academic year.

Chad Lockhart, president of the Local 2267 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers, which represents the cafeteria employees who feared losing their jobs, said the union is thrilled with the decision.

“For two years, school cafeteria workers have been kicked around like a political football at the expense of all Bristol taxpayers,” he said, urging the school board “to do the right thing by the food service workers and all Bristol taxpayers.”

“It’s time to stop running up the legal bills and to start respecting the concept of good faith negotiations,” Lockhart said. “We all need to move forward to act in the best interests of our schools and our students.” City Councilor Calvin Brown called the ruling “a great news” and congratulated “the fine ladies and the union that represents them” for winning at the state level.

“Never give up hope when you’re hoping for justice,” Brown said.

The ruling specifically cited Board of Education Chairman Larry Amara’s refusal to back the tentative deal reached by a negotiating committee he served on. It said his opposition to the contract violated labor law.

“The ruling vindicates our legal position that the Board of Education chairman overstepped his boundaries and acted in bad faith by refusing to honor a concession agreement designed to prevent outsourcing in the first place,” said Kevin Murphy, director of collective bargaining for AFSCME’s Council 4.

Steve Collins can be reached at (860) 584-0501, ext. 7254, or atscollins@bristolpress.com.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in BFT Members

 

CONNTEACH 2014 – Great PD Opportunity

CONNTEACH

WHEN
Wednesday August 6, 2014
8:00am—3:00pm

WHERE
Sheraton Hartford South
100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Topics Include:

 Bullying
 Share My Lesson
 Rater Principle
 ASPIRE
 Community Schools
 Discipline Strategies

Also:

 Meet the Authors
 Meet children with
Autism
 Raffle

Register by calling:
Phone: 860-257-9782

 

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