Thursday, March 21, 2013
Negotiating teams from the high school's board of ed and teachers' union will reconvene negotiations Thursday night.
Rather than wait to hear from a fact finder for recommendations for settlement, Red Bank Regional's board of eduction and its teachers' union will head back to the negotiating table this week. According to RBR Education Association member Katie Blackwell, negotiating teams for both sides will sit down to talk following the March 21 board of education meeting. "The RBREA is hopeful that both sides can reach a fair settlement," Blackwell, who heads the union's negotiating team, said in a statement. RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz concurred, "The board is very hopeful that the two sides will be able to come to a settlement in the very near future."
Monday, March 18, 2013
Both sides spoke of disappointment with delays in contract negotiations and communication issues contributing to the protracted two-year process.
After 25 months of negotiations, there are more parties involved than just the Red Bank Regional Board of Education and the teacher's union in working out a contract agreement for about 150 staff members. There is a board attorney, a representative from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) and now a fact finder furnished by the state to help provide recommendations for the two sides to settle. There are hearings, mediation and impasse to contend with, too. And with these additional participants and hurdles to jump through come more calendars to coordinate and representatives whose schedules already have them stretched thin. Signaling their frustration, about 90 association members hit the sidewalk twice last week in front of the …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Faculty members stood outside again Friday morning as contract talks hit the 20-month mark.
For the second morning this week, Red Bank Regional staff members stood outside the high school on Friday during drop off as a reminder that their contract with the district expired almost two years ago. About 90 faculty members stood in the rain on Tuesday as a "sign of unity," according to Mary Karlo, president of the education association. The previous agreement with the board expired on June 30, 2011. Approximately 150 teachers and office personnel are employed by the board and represented by the association. Many Patch readers posted comments in support of the high school staff earlier in the week. "I commend the teachers for speaking out in a way that doesn't affect the students' education," wrote one reader. But many more readers …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Staff members stood in the rain during drop off as a reminder that they are "committed to providing an excellent educational opportunity to all despite the lack of a contract," says their union president.
Tuesday's cold, drizzly weather did not deter about 90 Red Bank Regional faculty members from gathering outside the school before classes began as "a sign of unity" as contract negotiations with the board near the two-year mark, according to RBR Education Association President Mary Karlo. "We are gathering more often as a sign of unity and to remind all that RBREA has been committed to providing an excellent educational opportunity to all despite the lack of a contract," Karlo wrote in an e-mail Tuesday morning. Both sides are waiting on a non-binding fact-finder report based on testimony given during a formal hearing in December. The previous contract with the board expired on June 30, 2011. If no settlement is agreed upon following the …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Teachers spoke out at the board of education meeting about low morale among staff as contract negotiations drag on after 18 months.
Red Bank Regional teachers and staff came out in force at Wednesday’s board of education in the school’s media center meeting to signal that they were frustrated with what they said is the board’s refusal to agree to a “fair contract.” “The members of the RBREA [Red Bank Regional Education Association] want the Board to know of their dissatisfaction with working without a new contract for 521 days,” said teacher and RBREA representative Cassandra Dorn in a statement. “This protracted negotiation, unprecedented, has damaged the morale of the staff,” said Dorn, “and the RBREA will continue to fight for a fair contract that allows all our members to sustain their standard of living despite facing continued decreases in pay for the next …