Until Monday, Teachers’ Association of South Pasadena President (TASP) Dave Miller said he was given all the signs that a fair increase for teachers in the local school district was in the works.
Miller was among a large group of teachers in attendance at this week’s school board meeting opposing the South Pasadena Unified School District’s latest offer the two parties are currently negotiating.
While district officials say they will not negotiate in public, teachers went to the podium one by one during the September 16 regularly scheduled board meeting at district headquarter, many contending that a 1 percent increase was way off the mark.
“Prior to the offer that was presented to us, TASP and the district were in agreement on some very key items,” said Miller. “TASP came to the table eager and ready to negotiate. However the offer the district presented to us was a punch in the gut. At that same meeting to no avail we plead with the district to retract its offer and engage in good faith negotiations to no avail.”
As Miller spoke, a group he called “the most dedicated, hard-working, imaginative, smart educators I have ever met,” stood behind him.
“I want to thank all of my colleagues who have had the courage to step up to this microphone tonight,” he said. “I want to thank all of my colleagues who have had the courage to step up to this microphone tonight.
Negotiations are scheduled to continue on Monday, noting: “We hope that a settlement is reached quickly. We hope that the district can keep its word and offer us a respectable salary increase that is up to par with the quality of education we provide.”
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- : By Bill Glazier Review Editor