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End Kinnelon Teachers' Labor Dispute, Union Leader Says

KEA president says some services that could be provided under new contract could be curtailed as teachers continue to work under expired contract.

The following was submitted by Kinnelon Education President Tom Shannon. If you have a Letter to the Editor you would like to submit, send it to ariana.cohn-sheehan@patch.com

Dear Editor:

The Kinnelon Education Association (KEA) is extremely proud of its long history of contributions to the comprehensive successes within the Kinnelon school district. In congratulating the community, students, administration and board, the KEA shares its pride in the district’s recent achievement in being ranked No. 5 in the state. 

The KEA is also proud of its long history of fair collective bargaining with the Kinnelon Board of Education. In the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year, the KEA presented the board with a seven-point proposal seeking basic, minor improvements, which included a salary package below the average of existing Morris County settlements and well below the recently

In the ensuing months, the KEA amended its proposal to contain areas of monetary concessions. The KEA has embraced the state-mandated health benefit contribution and has offered more concessions in health benefits.

In July 2012, the KEA received a new board proposal. The KEA expressed its appreciation, reviewed the document and made a few changes in the spirit of the bargaining process. Yet, instead of proceeding to the bargaining table to discuss these details, the board shut down negotiations.

The members of the KEA have been working for 15 months under an expired contract. Currently, both sides are involved in non-binding fact-finding arbitration. However, the KEA remains open to new discussions every day. 

The KEA desires an end to this labor dispute to assure the progress and maintenance of the district’s academic excellence. Meanwhile, the KEA will remain committed to the academic well-being of the students yet must respect the limitations that exist within an expired contract, such confines that unfortunately curtail some of the services the KEA could provide under a new contract.

Thomas J. Shannon
President
Kinnelon Education Association

Joe Schmoe October 02, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Deaf Ears, you actually proved several of Patch's points. "Many kinnelon residents own their own businesses." That's awesome, I would love to own my own business and get out of this field that gets bashed non stop. After all we are talking about people showing up everyday to WORK. If it didn't cost you anything you wouldn't care how much teachers make. We don't care how much you make. How bout at the inner city I work in where adults basically devise a way to grub off the government (your tax dollars). Yet, you can complain about the people waking up everyday going to educate the youth of the town. Lastly, thank you for also agreeing with the fact that teachers don't make a lot of money. The benefit was always the health benefits, pension, job security. The benefit to owning your own business is the potential for infinite expansion and profits, which you were willing to take. The teaching profession shouldn't have any benefits or rewards according to you. Tell you what, I have a job opening for you that offers shit salary and shit benefits. Please apply. Idiot. P.S. I hate Obama.
FREE CHOICE October 02, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Shmoe, newsflash, THAT IS YOUR CHOICE! If you don't like your job, open your own business! Take the risk, save your money, put your house up for collateral, risk not taking home a paycheck at all. Deal with all the taxes, which is about 70cents on every dollar you make so you can pay for others salaries and benefits! But I take responsibility for my CHOICE. If I'm not making enough money, I go and get a second job instead of whining and noming off of others. If you really hate your job so much, QUIT-with your attitude you shouldn't be around kids anyway but that's it-the public CAN'T FIRE you because you probably have tenure. You just admitted your entered the teaching professin for the "benefits" knowing after 3 years you can sit on your butt and just collect from the taxpayers "wells". You don't get it, the well is dry! Your wrong but I feel teacher's make a lot of money for their profession-especially in Kinnelon! If you wan't to be a billionaire, obviously you picked the wrong profession. IF you really work in the "inner" city, you would think Kinnelon is Shang-ri-la. AND if you are truly trying to support the KInnelon teachers, your definitely doing the opposite by resorting to 5th grade name calling.
Antischmoe October 02, 2012 at 12:35 PM
What do you expect from a low class union member? This is why quality teachers do not need a Union. Problem with Joe is he forgets the pay increase for the past twenty years have outpaced inflation. Low salaries? What a joke here in Ktowm many teachers make over 100k per year. What a load of bologna.
Joe Schmoe October 02, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Free choice do you not realize that I was making the same argument everyone else in the private sector makes towards us? Not nice is it. If the teaching field and benefits upset you, YOU SHOULD OF GONE INTO TEACHING. And what's wrong with a teacher making 100k? 30 years in mid to late 50s, possibly & probably a masters degree. Like I said, you're just upset cause the economy is bad right now. I forgive you.
Lulu October 09, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I am going to answer my own post from 9/28. The HS is now holding all after school activities on Wednesday's which means the kids can join one club only. Can I get reimbursed as we 'paid to play' more than one activity.

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