The Ogden Education Association has told their members to sign the "Common Contract" (July 1 news article, "District to teachers: Sign or lose your job"). Here are some highlights of the school board's new contract:
All references to tenure have been removed. If the school board decides for any reason that they have too many teachers, they can start by firing those pesky old "career teachers" who make too much money.
Since references to negotiations and the negotiated agreement (contract) are removed, the district will no longer have to participate in those boring sessions where teachers and the district collaborate to make conditions in the district better for students and employees.
Teachers will no longer have a voice in what their insurance benefits will be. The board will decide what health, long term disability or group life insurance teachers will receive.
The board has decided that Ogden teachers must work fifty minutes more per day. The hourly equivalent translates to many more working days per year.
Teachers may now be assigned to attend every school activity (athletic games, plays, meetings) since limits to after school assignments were removed.
Subtle changes were made to the early retirement incentives. Next year, after everyone has signed the board's contract, the changes are likely to be less subtle.
Funds for professional growth leave were reduced by one third. Teachers will have to do without those silly seminars that update their knowledge and training.
UEA and NEA lawyers must have a great plan to counter this debacle. Ogden teachers are going to need it.