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Teachers Demand Contract, Picket BOE Office

Mediator meets with union, board of education Thursday.

More than a hundred Montville Township Education Association (MTEA) members dressed in red lined the property of the board of education office Thursday in a demonstration urging board members to settle their contract.

MTEA Officer Anne Simon said the members were at the office, on River Road, to "greet" the state-appointed mediator who was scheduled to meet with board members and union representatives Thursday evening.

"What's happening today is we're here to greet the mediator since, unfortunately, we haven't been able to reach an agreement with the board," she said.

Simon said the members, who include teachers, secretaries, custodians and more, have been working under an expired contract for one year.

"We're hoping that our support and our presence here let's the mediator know that we are supporting our negotiating team," Simon said.

While the mediator was scheduled to meet with both parties, Simon said she was not sure whether a decision would be reached Thursday.

"We woud like this settled as quickly and as fairly as possible," she said.

Superintendent Dr. Paul Fried was not immediately available for comment.

Montville Patch will have updates on this story.

Kelly July 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
nate, unless you know what they want you can support them without supporting their contract desires. do you pay taxes in montville or do your parents?
Cynthia July 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Nate, what a nice comment!! And I would expect there are many other people that are graduates of our schools that feel the same way! I would like to think that there are many people in our community that feel that we DO have many quality teachers who, in effect, help students in our town get to wherever they want to go! That's part of what makes this a great community to live in and we all have to not be tainted by the seemingly constant negativity we can see on local blogs. Kudos to you for being positive! However, It seems what you are hearing is that people who pay the taxes feel they are paying a lot and since the school budget is such a big part of the towns, it is a natural for them to be 'upset'. Of course, our governors constant rants are calculated to turn the public against public workers, especially teachers. What is lost in his and their comments is that the teachers need to be respected to. Let's respect them but also be fair to our taxpayers. Things are pretty bad in the NJ economy still so that has to balance your comments.
Kelly July 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Cynthia, great comments. I agree. Remember Fennes? Because he has permanent tenure lobbied by the NJEA and it's membership, our bd of ed couldn't get rid of him. if tenure was taken away, the public would support its teachers since it would be based on merit not the 3 year and 1 day a person worked. good teachers don't need tenure. the ones that are ineffective or abusive to kids do. why the hell would the njea want to keep tenure....i thought they were only concerned with the students.
Maxim Sapozhnikov July 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Elizabeth, mediation is mandated by NJ statute when collective bargain agreement negotiations fail. Mediators are usually friendly to the union; that's why NJEA lobbied for that law. Personally, I will gladly support the teachers' struggle - the next day after their union stops bankrolling Democrats.
Dan Grant July 23, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Max Before Christie started his war on Teachers the NEA endorsed 26 Republicans including Tony Bucco and Alex Decroce so it is not just a "Democratic thing". That was when we had reasonable Republicans that valued education. Infact the Morris NEA has a long history of supporting Republican legislators, I am sure much to their disappointment now. I support Teachers in general and of course Montville Township Teachers but what drives the fact that the Board of Education seems to be always overdue with contract negotiations. What are the demands they don't want to meet? What are the contract conditions that brought this to a mediator? bTW other than a couple of paranoids what difference does the color of their shirts make.

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