In 2009 the PUSD Board of Trustees and the Association of Pleasanton Teachers (teachers union) agreed to cut 57 teachers while maintaining over $1M in automatic salary increases for the remaining teachers. Education quality suffered and our children impacted.
The union does what its teachers want. The majority of teachers (those with seniority) sacrificed the jobs of younger teachers to project their own jobs and salary increases. These same teachers have a union leadership, bargaining team and political influence that make the PUSD Board of Trustees unwilling to tackle the structural issues and develop sound fiscal solutions to protect our kids and the quality of education in Pleasanton.
The tyranny of the seniority hurts the children of Pleasanton, while lining the pockets of the remaining teachers and the union. And this is good?
The cycle is repeating itself. The 2010-11 budget reductions proposed by Superintendent Casey at the Jan 26 school board meeting includes at least 31 teacher job cuts, and many classified, specialist and support position cuts. Tyranny of the seniority is being applied again and next year teacher salaries will increase again.
This cycle of tyranny must stop. Stop the teacher job cuts. Stop hurting the quality of education. The PUSD Board of Trustees needs to Put Kids First, show some backbone and negotiate salary reductions with the teachers union. Bring back teacher jobs and restore educational excellence. Stop the tyranny of the seniority. Put Kids First. Put Union Tyranny Last.