Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Got to give them a round of applause when it is warranted!

Doing the right thing! Teachers are going to see more job losses over the next 5 years if they do not start to give back.

The following piece appeared on Daily Record.com.

Spelling and grammar errors as well as typos are left as an exercise for my readers.

To the Editor:

Congratulations to the Boonton Education Association, and especially to Superintendent Christine Johnson, to coming to an agreement to freeze wages for the members of the union. This bold act is to be applauded as it has reportedly saved 25 jobs and certainly maintains the quality of education in Boonton.

These are hard times for all and many of us in the private sector have been making difficult decisions over the last three years concerning health care, benefits, wages and furloughs. It must have been very hard to come to this agreement considering the pressure that must have been put on this union from the state association and neighboring unions. I applaud the teachers for standing firm and thinking for themselves and not following like robots in making this decision.

Boonton is very lucky to have secured Christine Johnson as their superintendent recently and she has proven to be a true leader.

I hope teachers unions in other towns follow the lead of the Boonton association and compromise on wage freezes and other givebacks to maintain quality education and preserve the jobs of some of their fellow teachers.

East Hanover

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