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Commentary :: Labor
Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Fight for a Just Contract is Our Fight as Well
11 Jun 2007
I must apologize at the outset for not having posted a solidarity statement with the Quincy, Massachusetts Education Association (QEA) before today, June 11, 2007 the second day of their walkout. This is doubly egregious as I was born in Quincy-the City of Presidents (John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams). The Quincy teacher walked out on Friday June 8, 2007 after taking a vote. From the news that I had heard I believed that their action was a one day affair a fairly familiar way to deal with stalled contract negotiations. However, these brothers and sisters are for real and seem determined to make their point and get a just contract. This in the face of a state Labor Relations Board decision that their walkout is illegal and the determination of the Quincy School Committee to seek a court injunction to force the teachers back to work.
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Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Figth for a Just Contract is Our Firght as Well
The major issue, and a recurring stumbling block to many of today’s labor contracts, is health benefits. That is the surface issue at least but the reality is wages. The favorite ploy for the government (and private employers, as well) is to grant some reasonable wage increase and then off-set it with an increase in employee contributions to their health insurance plans. The net effect is that over the life of a contract the teachers will either stand still or go backwards in their real standards of living. Make no mistake this is an important fight and is being watched by teachers unions (and school committees) throughout the state of Massachusetts where this same issue is in dispute in many contract negotiations. Let us be clear-teachers do not make nearly enough in comparison with other highly skill professions. In a just world teachers, the transmitters of learning and culture to the young generations, would be held in higher esteem and compensated accordingly. And would have much more say in educational decisions, along with parents, students and other school employees. However until that day-Victory to the Quincy School Teachers!

All photos by Quincy Education Association.
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Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Figth for a Just Contract is Our Firght as Well
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Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Figth for a Just Contract is Our Firght as Well
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Victory to the Quincy Teachers: The Figth for a Just Contract is Our Firght as Well
See also:
http://qeaweb.googlepages.com/home

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July first thousands take cut in pay!
12 Jun 2007
Modified: 08:54:40 PM
Starting July 1....made by the unions and liberals....buinesses and citizens take a HEFTY cut in pay by the UNCONSTITUTIONAL mandated health insurance.

Teens now cant afford colledge...unless rich kids.

Pay or Jail...is 100% correct...have the governor pu in writing it is not. HE WON"T>

Where does it say in the Constitution that humans must BUY a service...or else?

Teachers, unions, liberals and ROMNEY stuck us with a MASSIVE pay cut...forcing kids out of colledge. They all drafted that insane bill.


QUINCY TEACHERS ARE USING KIDS' VACATIONS AS BARGANING CHIPS....sounds like terrorism to me.

Many kids now loose their summer vacations.

Teachers could have waited til september....but chose to 'treathen kids vacations'

Where is the ACLU???? the teachers , breaking the law, are denying their education.

chavez this comment, like you all do...when anti-liberal....but you will not chavez the parents' uproar!


the teachers just messed up...big time!!

My child(adult now) can not go to colledge....becasue of the 'pay or jail' health insurance.....by liberals.


MOST BUISNESSES AND RESIDENTS NOW TAKING A CUT IN PAY.......WHILE ILLEGALS ROME AT FREE WILL.....NOT PAYING A DIME.
moonbats?
14 Jun 2007
moonbats? dude. stop listening to howie carr.