West Chester Teachers Rally for a New Contract

Members of the West Chester Education Association gathered outside the district's administration office to rally support for a new contract.

The West Chester Education Association held a rally in front of the district’s administration building before Monday night’s school board meeting.

“We didn’t get in this for the money,” said teachers’ association president Deb Fell in front of a crowd of district teachers.  “All we want is a fair wage.”

The education association is in negotiations with the school board for a new teachers’ contract. 

The teachers have been working without a contract since June 30, and last year, the union agreed to freeze its wages saving the district $2.6 million.

“When we submitted our first proposal, the union and the board were separated by $25 million,” Fell said.  “We’ve moved back $19 million since then.  The board still refuses to budge.  It’s time for the board to negotiate and not dictate.”

The two sides have another negotiation session scheduled for October 10.

At the board meeting, school board president Vince Murphy said that the district’s current proposal would have district teachers earn an additional $2,500 in take home pay.

“For many teachers this proposal yields significantly more dollars than the association’s proposal,” Murphy said.  “To reject it out of hand in the newspaper and not at the bargaining table is a complete dereliction of the collective bargaining process.”

“Money is not our motivation,” said teacher Chris Bruno who is also on the negotiation team.  “This is a time where we need to stand together.  Right now education comes first.

Stephanie Markstein September 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Simon Campbell, It would behoove you to fact check BEFORE you post stupid comments. Bret Binder is not Cathy's husband; in fact, Mr. Binder is not married.
Heidi Adsett September 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Actually RoxyD, my husband is very proud of me and is a huge fan of Simon. He and his family moved to the USA from England at the time the unions were destroying the country with STRIKES. Trash was piled up everywhere. It sounded quite horrific. The one good thing that came out of that situation was Margaret Thatcher. In case you don't know your history, she's the woman who stood up to the unions. My husband and his family are huge fans of Lady Thatcher, as well as any other person who stands up to the union thuggery. My husband "needs to step in"? You have no idea how funny that is! First, I don't need my husband to protect me. We are equals, meaning I am not a feeble female. (I know you libs just HATE strong, independent women.) Second, he knows as well as anyone that I will do the exact opposite of what I'm told to do. What I love the most about this is how much I tick you off and how much of your day is spent thinking about me! I'm in your head and you can't get me out! :-) I'm going to spend the day with my kids now. I hope you have a lovely day!
RoxyD September 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Ugly people say ugly things. I'll pray for you Tania. Cathy, I urge you not to debate this person. It's not worth your time.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I am 13, just a year older the either yourself or edufan (the keeper of the 3 fingers of judgment) .. you have to admit, you ladies are a catty pair ... yes? "The Catty Hate-Card Queens"
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Thoroughly enjoyable video - you did (and are doing) a great job Simon Campbell.
Stephanie Markstein September 26, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Seriously, are you for real? The teachers voluntarily gave up their COLA last year. I don't understand this blatant hatred for teachers.
Stephanie Markstein September 26, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Thank you, WC Resident. Finally, someone has the guts to speak truth to idiocy.
edufan September 26, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Geez, thrower, I thought we were getting along. I mean, after all, you did call me a genius! Having said that, you have just proven my point about how demented you are. You are fixated on 3 fingers. What is that all about? The fact that whatever you accuse others of, you are really talking about yourself???
Taxpayer September 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
If I hear the word unsustainable one more time I am going to scream! Must be the new right wing buzz word. If the WCASD is in such dire financial straits why did they give themselves a raise? Why are they doing all these expensive renovations to the schools? Star Thrower if you don't live in WCASD and pay taxes here why do care? My children never attended public school, but their school did receive books, services from the I.U., bus rides to school, etc. etc.
Stephanie Markstein September 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Hi, Steve - Thanks for "outing" Star Thrower. You are correct about the Sheepdogs' mission. It is a hateful organization in every way.
edufan September 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Heidi, You have proven, once again, how much you hate teachers. You can hide behind your union bashing all you want, but why don't you have the real courage to state that it is really public education you hate. Nice attitude for a school board member.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Does Bret have a boyfriend? Not that there is anything wrong with that.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Yes we are getting along fine, although the genius remark I must admit was sarcasm - did you forget about your 3-finger obsession posts? On Sep 17, 2012, at 11:13 AM, edufan wrote: I am not denying that the unions may have been involved; however, you and your fellow cronies continually point your finger only one way (toward unions), and you know what happens when you do that?? 3 point toward you! You must be a politician!" On Sep 19, 2012, at 12:35 AM, edufan wrote: Hey, Thrower, guess what? I actually agree with you concerning videotaping the negotiations so then you will see just who needs to be scrutinized. You will see which "side" is compromising and which side is not. You only seem to listen to the one sided claims that are skewed; you do not have the decency to look at both sides. As for your assertion that I possess arrogant unionist behavior, you do not know me so don't presume that I am arrogant. Once again,I need to remind you that, while you point your judgmental finger to me, three are pointing right back to you." Also, are you still on your Rosh Hashanna holiday?
Cathy Binder September 26, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Oh she loves bashing here because she believes she has her buddies on the board to protect when she has to face the public for real. Now Mrs. Adsett please stop with your alleged bravery. You demonstrated your utter contempt for your constituency, and also your cowardice when confronted with their upset at you. As a public official that is our right to question you and in a public forum express that upset. You have a great deal to learn about our democratic process. As an elected official you do not represent YOU. You represent all constituencies - which is the problem. It would appear you are not doing that based on the tone and statements you make. Now I am addressing you directly as an elected representative. I do not expected to be talked down to, or belittled by you. Not your role and if you continue in that venue, please expect many of us at the board meeting despite the admonishment of your protector Mr. Murphy to speak up about this. Oh the first amendment, does get in the way. Your lame policies that you think keep all silent do not trump first amendment rights. You may see legal action taken against the lot of you if it continues - not a threat, just a fact when people violate laws.
Cathy Binder September 26, 2012 at 02:27 PM
They are a joke. Look at the books, listen to the financial reports. There is no dire crisis. It is one of their imagination. Nobody is asking for the world here from what I see. The idea because Joe Blow at XYX company is not doing great means that nobody in the school district from the support staff to the teachers can get a contract that even compensates for cost of living is hocus. I know as I work in the corporate community that bonuses, raises, COLA's, movement on pay scales is happening. The taxes here are low. Perhaps they are artificially low, which perhaps is the problem. We have had poor management that has not accounted to bring in adequate revenue to run this district as it needs to be run. The pension is a legal obligation - for which this district did not pay its fair share for ten years. Their fault, not the employees. Kept taxes low - oh well, now we do pay. Our teachers are not overpaid, they are fairly paid. They deserve a decent health care plan. I know they would cost share to a greater extent, but not for an inferior plan, would you. The plan proposed is an inferior plan and will not save the district long term. Check it out people. The facts are out there. Stop reading just one side of the story. Do some work. I live in this community and I am not a teacher and have been able to form a conclusion. Sorry it does not suit the right wing crazies. Facts I am finding don't seem to suit that group. And by the way - I am a Republican.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Stephanie - stop playing with Maher's Tanya doll, before his mom catches you.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Binder, you are a poor soul caught up in mainstream media lies- they have to lie because all their advertising comes from ridiculous companies selling ridiculous products made in china that nobody needs - the only thing you actually need is food shelter and energy .. everything else is an illusion you have been propagandized into believing in the public school system, which gets its curriculum from government talking heads .. who receive their orders from the fraudulent investment banks .. who are controlling the fraudulent stack market .. where your pension money is nothing but an accounting notation in a world wide financial system that is several hundred trillion $ in the RED. When will it fail? no one can say for certain ... best minds out there say this December .. or January. Binder, you are one sad sack whose complete life is being totally manipulated by the Union who wants the country to go another couple trillion in the red so union teachers can remain the 1%'ers of the middle class.
Cathy Binder September 26, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Star, go back to your shack and live in your fantasy land. I don't live in science fiction world, but in the real world. Home today with my great kids doing some fall house cleaning. Seems most days you spend cooking up some alternate universe and trying to convince the rest of us we live in the "matrix" of some sort. Really? May I suggest fiction writing - might provide a decent income to pay those property taxes you complain about all the time.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Good Point Binder: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P772Eb63qIY
Cathy Binder September 26, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Don't subscribe to this dim fatalistic view of humanity. Sorry. I can only feel sorry for those that do.
Star Thrower September 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I did not expect you to subscribe to this view of humanity - only letting you see how your rulers think - those who do subscribe to this view, you will find here: http://www.peakprosperity.com/
Cathy Binder September 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
You know there are very good drugs for what is wrong with you. The key is though once on them you have to keep taking them for it to be effective. Do you have anyone in your life who is concerned enough to get you to the mental health facility?
Tania Gail September 27, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Steve Maher, Talk about deflection. "Star Thrower" is not TANIA from www.midnightbluesays.com. FYI - If you are going to lie, at least spell my first name correctly. However, thanks for linking the blog, I love these hits as they boost my google page rank, introducing a larger audience to my work exposing the actions of the left wing hate group CCPM.
edufan September 27, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Thrower keeps referring to me and now you, Cathy. I think we're getting into its head. I don't whether to feel honored or sickened by this. I think I will choose sickened; especially since it keeps referring to my 3 fingers, when in fact I was referring to the fact that it is pointing its own three fingers at itself. I don't know what all its rage is about anymore. The delusional rantings just make no sense at all. What a shame.
Simon Campbell September 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Ms. Binder, any left wing liberal who love strikes, forced Unionism, payroll deduction of political money, Union mob scenes, and who doesn't understand that increased labor costs will inevitably lead to cuts in programs because of the Act 1 index ...may very well be registered as a Republican. I simply have no idea what your point about party affiliation is. The Republican Party is home to a number of left wing liberals just like the Democrat party is home to a number of blue dog conservatives. I think your real point is that you believe local govt. should ensure that life is "fair" which has always been the most befuddling liberal nonsense. Bret Binder still panders to the teachers' Union by the way.
Simon Campbell September 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Ms. Binder, I happen to agree with one point. I think the WCASD Board policy to not answer questions at public comment is lame. But knowing the law as I do, it's not illegal. The Sunshine Act requires a period for comment which is what occurs. The First Amendment does not prohibit questions so just ask them! It's also a fact that the First Amendment does not compel anyone to anyone a question. So you could ask but not get answered at WCASD. Now, if this was Pennsbury ..you'd be welcome to come and ask me whatever questions you like and you'd get the answers from me. Not answers that you'd like but you'd get them. You'd also be encouraged to come and be critical. Just like I'd be free to beat your liberal candidates by 20 points in the elections and then represent the majority view of the community. Welcome to freedom. Your view that Mrs. Adsett not be allowed to express her views speaks to your belief that a minority Union viewpoint that loses an election has a greater right to representation in government than a majority taxpayer viewpoint that wins an election. You love the First Amendment for you but not anybody who disagrees. Typical liberal mantra. I also didn't see Vince Murphy 'protecting' Mrs. Adsett in any way (who I doubt needs protecting from raging liberals). What I saw was him making a fool of himself by addressing an item that had nothing to do with the official business of the School Board.
Star Thrower September 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM
VOTE - BINDER http://tinyurl.com/VOTE-BRET
Star Thrower September 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM
edufool ... keep up the 3rd person cowardly insults, I love to remind everyone about you - no matter what spin you put on your "3 fingers of judgment" ideology (YOUR IDEOLOGY Ms shiffer-brains, not your fingers) we all recognize an insecure chowderhead, masquerading as a teacher, who is desperately seeking a living mantra to give the appearance of having a life.
Star Thrower September 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Binder ... If you would care to dispute anything I have written, please do so - If you would like to continue trading insults, we can do that also - I have already shown that you and edufool have the IQ of a pair of goats .. the proof being from your own comments, just as edufool is guilty of spreading pimped-out superstition on the web (no doubt she has used it in the classroom also).
edufan September 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM
ST go read Dan Truitt's legislation on bullying. You just might learn something.


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