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WTEA 'Outraged' By Board President's Remarks

Association reacts to Przybylski's public statement regarding ongoing contract negotiations.

Warren Board of Education President Greg Przybylski's willingness at Tuesday night's public meeting to reveal information on the ongoing contract negotiations between the district and the teachers union has "outraged" the Warren Township Education Association.

In a statement released Wednesday night, Fran Blabolil, president of the WTEA, said Przybylski "continues to antagonize the impasse situation between the BOE and the Warren Township Education Association with the remarks he shares with the public."

Przybylski provided a summary statement at Tuesday night's meeting that described the board as offering 3.5 percent increases over two years and acceptance of the medical plan. He said the WTEA was seeking 3.5 percent increases over three years and language holding the board to cover any increased health-care costs that might arise.

"By sharing information, the board president continues to denigrate the process with his public remarks," Blabolil said in the statement. "More importantly, the remarks do not move either side closer to a settlement and only serve to demoralize the staff of the Warren Township Public Schools."

"Despite the fact that the law forbids it, Przybylski continues to fan the flames of discontent with information intended to mislead the public into believing that the members of the WTEA are acting unreasonably," Blabolil said.

The WTEA has been without a contract since July 1, 2010. Negotiations began in the fall of 2009.

"The WTEA will not negotiate with the public or in the public arena; we will not violate the bargaining process no matter how many times the board chooses to," Blabolil said.

"But the members of the WTEA will also not stand for this type of behavior.  WTEA members have been working for two years without a new contract, and any actions on their behalf to demonstrate their united efforts to support their bargaining team will continue."

The WTEA's full statement can be found on its website.

Steve S. October 15, 2011 at 01:03 AM
"You all forget something. Everyone has the free will to leave if they are unhappy with their circumstances. Years ago when we had the same problem, the kids had to deal with teacher signs placed on their cars about how the teachers could better pay and benefits if they worked elsewhere."
footballdad October 15, 2011 at 02:55 PM
@Susan, when you negotiate with someone, teacher or not, with the premise that "you are free to go if you want", you send a message that they are of no value. I have a feeling that is how these employees feel. If that is what the town wants, what the board wants then good job on making the teachers feel like if they leave no one cares
Alyson October 17, 2011 at 03:53 PM
Please leave the children out of this. I hope that everyone can agree that this should not impact the children. They are innocent. All of this should not be brought into the classroom during working hours or hours that are paid. Everyone has the right to stand up for what they believe in ON THEIR OWN TIME. My child should not be used to send or communicate a message. What are they being taught by this? My daughter wants to know why all her teachers dress like they are going to a funeral and wear red buttons. I don't know why this display is being made to children.
Sue October 19, 2011 at 12:59 AM
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Sue October 19, 2011 at 01:06 AM
Teachers do not go into the field of education to make money, they do it because they love children and enjoy making them learn. However, taking care of their own families does take top billing, and who are we to judge them? @footballdad...your ideas are accurate and insightufl @prideinwarren...if you actually had pride in Warren, then you'd realize why many families, including my own moved to Warren.... for it's great public schools

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