It appears talks between District 4J and the Eugene Education Association (EEA) ended early this morning with little progress after nine hours. No further talks are scheduled.
“The District continued to propose unacceptable changes to leadership language and barely moved on key financial issues,” says a statement from the EEA at 2:15 am today (June 11). “The District proposed 10 furlough days (a 5 percent pay cut), one of which would have been paid for out of insurance reserves. The District also offered no cost-of-living increase and half steps for members who are step-eligible.”
The EEA has recently offered a 0.8 percent COLA and full step increases, along with a $25 per member per month insurance contribution, also to be paid out of reserves.
“The District seems unwilling to look hard at its own spending priorities such as $350,000 to remodel the Ed Center auditorium, the continuation of costly conferences, and expensive consultants.”
Teachers have complained about the hiring of Massachusetts consultant Jon Saphier who was reportedly paid $290,000 last year and about $215,000 this year. The mandatory “Welcome Back Breakfast” at the Hilton at the beginning of this school year cost a reported $25,000 and some teachers have complained that it had no value. On Saphier’s website it says, “In recent years he has led large-scale district improvement projects forging working alliances between superintendents, union leaders, and school boards.”
Adding to the strife is resistance by teachers to a common high school schedule to be imposed next fall by Superintendent Shelly Berman and the 4J School Board.
In case you missed it June 8.
From Doug Perry, the assistant fire marshall today:
"With the approaching Independence Day holiday, fire and city of Eugene officials are considering restrictions on the use of fireworks. These restrictions may include a ban on fireworks use in the South Hills and Spencer, Skinner and Willagillespie Buttes as well as limiting the dates fireworks may be discharged in the remainder of the city. A decision on these possible restrictions will be made by June 24.
"Fireworks that fly, explode, travel more than one foot into the air or more than six feet on the ground are already AGAINST THE LAW in Oregon. Illegal fireworks cause countless injuries and thousands of dollars in property loss each year. "
The fire marshall's office can be reached at 682-5887.
The next Conestoga hut will be assembled at 9 am Friday, June 7, at First Baptist Church, 1175 G St. in Springfield. See Activist Alert in our June 6 issue.
Heidi Tunnell is expanding her catering business into a bakery and restaurant in Creswell. See Biz Beat this Thursday (June 6) for details.
Hemp History Week is coming up June 3-9 and local activists have formed Eugene Indusrial Hemp. See our Biz Beat column this week (May 23).
For those who do not already have the song stuck in their heads.
Coming to a house party near you!
We hear the Old McKenzie Highway has been plowed all the way, one lane, to allow bikes and pedestrians. Check http://wkly.ws/1gj for updates and news on when the road will be open for motor vehicles.