The Reynoldsburg Education Association (REA) agreed to contract terms with the school board yesterday after conceding significant amounts in compensation, but breaking through on getting class size “caps” into the contract. The “caps” aren’t exactly great, but they now exist and can be bargained more in the future. The inclusion of these “soft caps” also puts the onus on Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning to put “her money where her mouth is” and ensure that class sizes are managed appropriately and parents’ concerns are heard.
Speaking of money . . . Thomas-Manning got in one final shot at the teachers today – withholding paychecks from the striking teachers for work that was completed prior to the strike occurring.
From today’s REA press release:
Following the settlement of the strike, we were prepared to move forward and return to educating our students next week. Imagine our horror when we discovered early this morning that we did not receive our paychecks for work done prior to the strike. This is wage theft, pure and simple, and we will not stand for it. We are giving the Board until the close of business on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, to resolve this issue and pay the teachers for the work they performed. If the teachers are not paid what they earned by that time, we will file a wage theft lawsuit in the appropriate court. Everyone understands the concept of receiving an honest wage for honest work, and it’s beyond belief that the Board is being so petty. We were looking forward to returning to our students, and it’s very disheartening that the Board could not begin to rebuild our relationship. – REA Spokesperson Kathy Few Evans
An interesting move by a Superintendent who needs to rebuild relationships and regain the trust of the community.
Reynoldsburg Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning