Our Negotiations Crisis
Expired contract, still working, still caring.
The most important issue facing the 53 member Educators of the Brunswick Charter Education Association is our current negotiations impasse. We are now in our second year of the current negotiation. We are at impasse and have not been able to reach an agreement with the GBCS Board of Education negotiations committee. Our contract expired in July, 2017 and our staff salaries are frozen for the first time in school memory. Our staff is constantly hired by other districts at higher rates, some offering thousands of dollars more, making it very difficult to provide stable classrooms.
High teacher turnover is very disruptive to a school and especially to the students of a classroom. Unfortunately, our staff often cannot say “no” to a higher paying district if they have families to provide for. The BCEA Negotiations Committee is fighting to keep excellent educators at GBCS. We also believe that educators teach better when they don’t need second jobs. Since GBCS receives 90% of all per pupil funding from each sending districts, there is no reason we can’t reach a settlement. This is well within the power of the Board. Even though we are now working on an expired contract, and our staff salaries are frozen, we look forward to an agreement soon.
Through this crisis our staff has continued to teach from the heart, mind, and soul. Our staff, like all public educators, work from home. They lesson plan, they design curriculum, they grade student work, and so much more. Any staff that uses so much of their own family and personal time to meet the professional expectations of their school and profession deserves a contract that is reasonable and fair.
What we are asking is fair and reasonable, and we are fighting to help the school. We are also happy to say that the Board has the resources and the power to settle this crisis immediately. We look forward to that moment.
We thank our community for their support.
BCEA Negotiations Committee