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LETTER: Proposed Contract Not Ratified By Teachers By More Than Two to One Margin

The following is a letter to the editor. To submit your own letter to the editor, e-mail us at westford@patch.com




The Westford Education Association overwhelmingly voted not to ratify the proposed tentative agreement for a new contract by more than a two to one margin.

The membership has spoken, and rejected the agreement reached after fourteen months of bargaining that culminated in a seven-hour mediation session.

Clearly, the teachers are sending a message that previously agreed to step increases should be honored while a new contract is being negotiated. That is the customary practice in Massachusetts and is required by law.

In light of this vote, the WEA will reinstate the prohibited practice charge we filed seeking to require the district to honor the salary schedule.

Bargaining will also have to resume. Whatever the outcome, Westford's teachers will continue to provide our students with an excellent education.


Mary McCusker

Westford Education Association Bargaining Negotiations Lead/Vice President

MAHM3 March 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Well Willie- I guess when teachers have movies made about them like LouAnne Johnson (played by Michelle Phieffer) you can afford to be underpaid because you are receiving royalties. LouAnne has written many books which she also has been paid for. Look at that there is another teacher who needed a second job to get by. People who have absolutely no idea of what it is like to teach should spend sometime in a teacher's shoes. You will probably have a different view of things then.
Martin Luther March 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
I am looking for a Jaime Escalante from real life rather than white people going thru a guilt trip. Stand and Deliver is a 1988 American drama film, based on the true story of high school math teacher, Jaime Escalante. In the area of East Los Angeles, California, in 1982, in an environment that values a quick fix over education and learning, Jaime Escalante is a new teacher at Garfield High School determined to change the system and challenge the students to a higher level of achievement. Leaving a steady job for a position as a math teacher in a school where rebellion runs high and teachers are more focused on discipline than academics. As the year progresses, he is able to win over the attention of the students by implementing innovative teaching techniques. He is able to transform even the most troublesome teens into dedicated students. .. Despite concerns and skepticism of other teachers, who feel that "you can't teach logarithms to illiterates," Escalante nonetheless develops a program in which his students can eventually take AP Calculus by their senior year, which will give them college credit. This intense math program requires that students take summer classes, including Saturdays from 7:00 AM to noon, taxing for even the most devoted among them. Maybe, Westford can recruit in East LA and get some quality teachers to replace the pack of disgruntled teachers currently employed.
Martin Luther March 20, 2012 at 01:06 AM
An old saying goes like this "They who cannot succeed in life teach." WA students' statement seems to send a message that maybe the Westford school administration and school committee should investigate WA students' statements and eliminate those teaching professionals that obviously are lost in history. Please note that the former communist countries have adopted capitalism as their mantra. Even the 1937 Constitution of the Soviet Union had the following expectations. "To each according to their needs from each according to their abilities and he who does not work will not eat."
Martin Luther March 20, 2012 at 01:17 AM
WA student I suggest that you bring the following phrase from the 1937 constitution of the Soviet Union "To each according to their needs from each according to their abilities and he who does not work shall not eat." I appears that the Soviet Communist did not allow for free rides. The Peoples Republic of China has transformed its economy from a communistic central planning model to a very efficient capitalistic system. All those jobs that disappeared from the electronic assembly plants in the US resurfaced in China. When Steve Jobs was asked by President Obama when Apple computer was planning to bring some of the Apple 470,000contracted jobs in China back to the United States. Steve Jobs replied "Those jobs are not coming back." I do suggest that you learn Mandarin.
Andrew Sylvia March 20, 2012 at 02:39 AM
NOTE: A follow up on the teacher contract issue will be coming at 6 a.m on Tuesday, March 20. The March 20 6 a.m. story and all other stories on this topic will now be held to much more stringent interpretations of the Patch terms of service, with the level of stringency to be held within the discretion of myself and other pertinent Patch employees. Comments on this article will now be closed.


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