Sometimes, rumors are facts.
On the very day we were trying to share information with our school board at the district meeting, our Human Resources department was having individuals called to line them up in case we were forced to strike.
The offer to the potential strikebreakers is $250 a day, (more than many of our teachers make a day)
- Lesson plans are written and provided by district administration
- Training provided by MUSD for these individuals.
This is a slap on the face at MUTA as we have offered to come to the table numerous times and have been told by Board President Arredondo to wait until after the Fact Finding Report is released.
I confirmed with HR Director Mrs. Green on Thursday evening that indeed these calls are being made to retired teachers, district subs and those in other counties. These calls did start on Tuesday, the same day as the MUSD school board meeting.
It is a shame that these same dollars cannot be put forward by MUSD to resolve the issues within this district rather than paying over double the sub rate to entice people to cross a picket line.
It appears to me that MUSD wants a strike when there is no need for one to take place. The teachers again ask the MUSD School Board members to come back from their year long absence to once again be at the bargaining table!
Kathy Horn, president,
Madera Unified Teachers Association