District negotiators contacted MTI leadership this afternoon to advise that the District needed to postpone the bargaining session previously scheduled for May 2 (tomorrow) because the Board of Education has not reached consensus on what bargaining authority (i.e. amount of base-wage increase) to grant their negotiators. The BOE met in closed session for that purpose last night, immediately prior to the Regular BOE meeting attended by hundreds of MTI members, allies, and supporters. As we have previously reported, District Administration was budgeting for a 0.5% base-wage increase, while MTI intends to bargain for a cost-of-living, 2.13% increase.
The fact that the BOE could not reach consensus on what bargaining authority to provide their negotiation team was likely the result from our escalating advocacy for a cost-of-living base-wage increase for all employees. The BOE will take the authorization issue up again in closed session on May 7 and we will advise all MTI members once a new bargaining date has been scheduled.
Thanks to all members who “wore red” and packed the Board meeting last night to insist on a cost-of-living base-wage increase for ALL employees.
What can you do?
- Read this newspaper article on last night’s BOE meeting.
- Watch this video feed (starting at 20:25) of the public comments at the BOE meeting.
- Familiarize yourself with the bargaining issues.
- Contact the BOE in support of a cost-of-living base-wage increase for ALL employees.