The DPS/DEA agreement and the cost

The payment of $150K to Huffmaster to prepare for a strike isn’t the expense that hurt.

It should come right out of the paychecks of the negotiating team for DPS.

The union voted no confidence in the Superintendent, Rhonda Corr and the entire School board.

That hurts.

But, what is the real damage? The 100+ qualified, experienced teachers who left the district because they were tired of the shit show. Many of those are going to be very difficult to replace.

I have three documents to share. The first is a handout of what the board wanted to do back in January- consider it a refresher. Since all the discussions were secret until Corr and crew broke the law with their disclosure on Tuesday- the public really didn’t know what the board was pushing for.

thumbnail of What DPS was originally offering

The original report to DEA members of changes DPS wanted to make. Click to download readable PDF

241 proposed contract changes is unheard of. This was just the summary.

Next we have is the Mediator’s recommended tentative agreement that was submitted. The union gave a little- agreeing to let 3 years of steps slide- even though other districts were hiring away our teachers and honoring them all. This will come back to bite DPS in the butt in the future.
Pre School is going to 5 days- although how it will remain 5 star is a mystery. Half the staff is gone, and they are hard to replace.

The time clocks will be decorative toys for professional staff- you use them- but won’t be penalized by them. Very expensive ornamentation. Might hurt other unions a lot more- and probably rightfully so.

The paychecks that were threatened to be held hostage if a strike did occur- will now be issued Monday. The union could still sue for treble damages for the holds. This too, should come out of the negotiating teams paychecks.

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What the mediator recommended. Click for readable PDF

And, lastly- we have the long contract. They printed it on blue paper to make it impossible to copy. Sorry- old trick- doesn’t work anymore, just annoys people.
I could have spent more time removing the blue- but- just gave you a machine transcribed PDF.
I’ve spent way too much time covering this mess. I’m not paid to do it. You can read it- and share what you think is pertinent.
The board has to ratify it on Tuesday. If they don’t- strike still happens.

Supposedly, everything is just peachy- and the standard non-retaliatory clauses are in. However, there were mad numbers of staff shuffles going on today- as if the disruption of downtown will never cease.

thumbnail of DEA-DPS-Tentative-agreement

The whole agreement. Click to download PDF to read.

The DEA chief, David Romick, has no idea why all of a sudden, at 3am, the board flipped a switch. And we may never know. Just know, that no superintendent has ever kept their job after a strike.

There are 10 candidates who filed to run for 4 seats. If all petitions are approved, that’s more than enough to fill all 7- and be an improvement (only 9 to choose from really, because one is Joe Lacey, who doesn’t deserve to be re-elected after partaking in this destruction of the district.).

In the end, no one won this battle. We all lost. Smart people will look back at the last year and see the writing has been on the wall the whole time.

This all sits squarely with the seven people who approved these decisions: Dr. Adil Baguirov, Joe Lacey, Ron Lee, John McManus, Sheila Taylor, Dr. Hazel Rountree and Dr. Robert Walker. The question is, who will take responsibility?