Monday, December 7, 2009

Teachers union in Fairport Harbor need to take page from the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools Playbook.

Perhaps the Fairport Harbor Education Association should settle down with the heavy handed statements. The News-Herald details how the Fairport Harbor Education Association is doing what unions, a union is what they are, do best: bully, intimidate, whine! See the News-Herald article, here.

"In Fairport Harbor, the steelheads are running, but negotiations between the school employees and the board are at a standstill. Maybe the superintendent is waiting for deer season," began Fairport Harbor Education Association spokeswoman Becca Grunda Oct. 28.

This quote, taken from the News-Herald story, is attributed to union representatives trying to negotiate a new raise and more benefits...I mean a new contract.

The Fairport Harbor Education Association should know better!

Look at the Willoughby-Easlake (WEL) School District's voters: despite a deep recession, decreasing wages and benefits, lost jobs, etc. the voters handed WEL schools and the Willoughby-Eastlake Teacher's Association (WETa) more money!

Don't be fooled by Superintendent Keith Miller's negotiated wage freezes: Keith Miller and the two new School Board Members (both with teaching backgrounds) will give the unions generous raises next year.

Have hope Fairport Harbor! Wait a year on the raises. You will be rewarded handsomely.

I guarantee that the Willoughby-Eastlake School Board and Administration will give HUGE raises out next year!!!! Fairport Harbor should have had a game plan like Superintendent Keith Miller and the Willoughby-Eastlake Teachers Association.


  1. Of course, since this was posted, it has come out that the union has offered a proposal with no raise, less benefits, additional student contact time (with no change in compensation) and a shorter lunch period. So what is it exactly that the superintendent and school board want? Hopefully, this situation resolves soon; the people that will feel the aftereffects the most are the students.

  2. Sorry for the late reply! you are exactly right!

    This information will be updated in today.

    Those are steep concessions. However, in this economy EVERYONE, including the adminsitration, needs to give back.


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