September 9, 2014
President’s Address to the Board
Good Evening: I am here to speak tonight about the level 3 grievance PFT filed against the superintendent Monday, September 8. PFT was shocked and disappointed that Mr. Bolman felt he needed to prevent our members from conducting Union business before and after school last Friday, September 5. His email to administrators, which was forwarded to my members, was inappropriate and detrimental. I am deeply saddened and disappointed that district administration’s treatment of the Federation has reached such a low point. Not only have we filed the grievance, but we are also amending our current Unfair Labor Practice charges to include this questionable and illegal action as it is a clear violation of our contract, the EERA, plus our state and federal constitutional rights.The Educational Employment Relations Act (the EERA) is very clear about an employer’s parameters when Union activities are happening. Section 3543.5 states
“EERA makes it unlawful for an employer to (1) interfere with the exercise of rights conferred by the act on employees or their unions; (2) refuse to meet and negotiate in good faith (which expressly includes knowingly furnishing an exclusive representative with inaccurate information regarding the financial resources of the public school employer); (3)interfere with, dominate, or discriminate among employee organizations; or (4) refuse to participate in the impasse procedures in good faith”.
The Federation asks the board to please support all certificated employees and classified employees by stopping the district administration’s engagement in discrimination and unilateral, damaging actions against us. We are professionals and expect to be treated as such. Members of the Board, please respect and support our teachers who ultimately support or students. I have for each of you a copy of the email and the grievance. Thank you.