Because you asked…

Several people have wondered why you can’t have the details of the Tentative Agreement before the General Membership meeting on Tuesday, so I asked Connie Compton if she could craft an official response to that question.  Here it is:

It is best practice in Bargaining a contract to present the details to membership in a general meeting that allows all members the opportunity to hear the same information at the same time. This allows for members to participate in a question and answer period as well as debate any issues.  Then, in a democratic process, the contract can be put to a vote.

While ideally, we would like to present the details to members immediately, we are a very large group and we must plan logistics and reserve space in advance.  At the time we scheduled the August 30th date we had no way of predicting when we might reach a tentative agreement.  Therefore, it was prudent to plan for as much time as possible to complete the bargain.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to meeting with all members next week.

Connie Compton
President
Kent Education Association

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8 Responses to “Because you asked…”

  1. Weary Says:

    I am assuming that you will be recommending that we ratify this contract. There is very little time between the Aug. 30 vote and the day students begin. I am sure there are many who will appreciate the opportunity to ask questions and debate, but for what purpose? It’s not as if we will be in a position to change anything at this late date, correct?. So, why not release the details? I would understand if doing so would be an unfair labor practice, but it doesn’t seem to be.

    • kenteducationassociation Says:

      In as much as we demand that KSD hold to agreements made, I think it behooves us to do the same. I understand your frustration, but you will have an opportunity for debate AND you can encourage a “NO” vote, if that is how you feel. We will follow appropriate procedure for this type of meeting and your voice and opinions are important.

  2. Needing to plan Says:

    Can we at least see the calendar? The district has had the same one up all summer, but it was my understanding that it was not “official” is it condered “official” now? Is there an updated one we can see?

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I understand that you had to reserve a date far in advance for a vote on the contract. However, I would appreciate the time to read the contract for myself, rather than hearing the highlights at the meeting and then having to vote to ratify or not. I prefer to be an informed voter, the same way that I would read the voter’s guide, listen to debates, etc. Voting for a contract based on a summary given to us isn’t much different than the U.S. Congress enacting Obamacare without reading the hundreds of pages contained in the plan. We are all educated people and I believe that we could be rational and intelligent enough to be able to read a contract ahead of time, have a respectful discussion, and then make an informed decision.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    I believe you have the email addresses of most KEA members. It would be quite easy to present the details to members by simply sending the contract to the members by emailing a copy of the tentative agreement. That would give all members able time to read and think about the tentative agreement. Two years ago we went on strike and basically got nothing for it, at least if you’re a secondary teacher. My needs were not met.

  5. Bargaining Team Member Says:

    It is hard to be outside of the room where all the details were decided and then have to wait a whole week. But I know when the district communicates to principals and then they each give their own spin in their buildings, it all ges mixed up. Having most of the members there at one time and allowing discussion is, in my opinion, a better way to communicate such an important issue.

  6. Anonymous Says:

    Now that I assume the contract has been ratified at last nights meeting, are you planning on releasing the details via email to us? How can we find out the details if we couldn’t make it to last night’s meeting?

  7. kenteducationassociation Says:

    We hold General Membership meetings to give information and to give everyone the opportunity to hear that information presented in the same way at the same time. I know that some of you that have written in here didn’t go to that meeting. I understand busy lives and difficult schedules, but this was important. Perhaps we didn’t do an appropriate job of letting you know how important it is, but I would remind you again: You are KEA. Everything starts and ends with you. We will be conducting more listening sessions in the upcoming months so you can let us know what areas we need to focus on, but you have to involve yourself in the process to some degree.

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