FWCS Teachers Get Support

By Max Resnik

February 24, 2011 Updated Feb 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Fort Wayne Community Schools Board President Mark GiaQuinta told the teachers of FWCS that he and other board members support their collective bargaining rights.

The announcement came at a news conference this afternoon where the board, Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson and teachers announced a strong, working relationship. The board will vote on Monday, February 28 on a formal resolution supporting the teachers.

The announcement also comes in the wake of legislation supported by Governor Mitch Daniels that could limit bargaining rights of teachers.

In reference to the teachers, GiaQuinta says, “They need to feel that their voice counts for something and that they should go to school everyday knowing that their job isn't gong to be impacted on a whim—that there are a set of rights that they can count on to be free of arbitrary action.”

Robinson says she recognizes that there are issues with the collective bargaining agreement but also advocates the belief that face-to-face interaction can solve any issues between teachers and the board. She added, “We've worked through collective bargaining, and as I've stated there are certain parts of the collective bargaining law that do at times get in the way, but if you allow people to sit down, look at each other and resolve those issues, there can always be solutions found.”

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