Monday, June 25, 2012
Contract covers 2011 through 2014 school years.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education released the following statement Monday afternoon on the terms of the recent settlement with the school's education association. "The Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education approved a collective bargaining agreement on June 18, 2012 with the Watchung Hills Regional Education Association (WHREA). The WHREA represents teachers, secretaries, aides and technicians, custodial and maintenance workers, bus drivers and coaches and co-curricular advisors. The agreement is effective from July 1, 2011, and continues through June 30, 2014. This agreement establishes salaries and benefits for all represented employees in each of the three school years. The agreement, ratified last week by …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Frustrated with lack of progress, some are wondering if the municipal government can intercede.
Township Committee members report hearing from parents frustrated over the lack of a settlement between the Warren Township Board of Education and the district's education association. "The frequency of parents calling us is growing every day," Deputy Mayor Vic Sordillo said. "We're hearing from people in the street, wanting to know what we can do, which is pretty limited." Other than add public pressure on negotiators, there isn't anything the committee members can do, and Sordillo said the committee may have some public discussions about the negotiations in upcoming meetings. The district and the WTEA have been in talks since before the expiration of the last contract on June 20, 2010. A state-appointed fact-finder was called in to help …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Watchung Hills Regional Education Association members and school board will weigh-in on terms next.
The agreement reached by negotiators for the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education and the school's education association setting contract terms for the 2011-14 school years is pending approval by the WHREA membership and a vote by the school board. The settlement follows more than a year of intensive—and at times, acrimonious—negotiations, which began before the expiration of the last contract on June 30, 2011. The talks were complicated by 2011's benefits reform by the state, and led to the institution of "work to rule" hours by teachers, limiting after-school access for students. "We hope to have a ratification vote soon, although there are some procedural matters before that can happen," WHREA President Sean DiGiovanna said. Among…
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Board issues statement; agreement subject to WHREA membership vote.
The Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education issued the following statement this afternoon: "After more than one year of negotiations regarding contract renewals, the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education (Board) and the Watchung Hills Regional Education Association (WHREA) have mutually reached a Memorandum of Agreement. "The agreement is between the board and the three bargaining units of the WHREA; (1)Teachers, (2)Secretaries, Aides and Technicians and (3)Custodians, Maintenance and Bus Drivers and is effective through the 2013-2014 school year. "This agreement requires ratification by the membership of the WHREA and the Board and is expected to take place soon. Details of thesettlement will not be released until such time." …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Watchung Hills Regional board discusses negotiations in special meeting.
Neither school officials or Watchung Hills Regional Education Association representatives will provide specifics, but both sides say a new procedure for the talks is being initiated that may help. After a special meeting Thursday afternoon in the conference room of the board offices, members of the WHRHS Board of Education stressed negotiators are continuing to work with the state-appointed mediator and reiterated their desire to have an agreement before the end of the school year. "That way, when the students come to school in the fall, we can all focus on educating the students, which is the reason we're all here," Board President Robert Horowitz said. Talks to reach a contract to replace the one that expired June 30, 2011, have been …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Stage first of two planned protests to keep focus on how they're impacted in ongoing labor battle.
The 20 or so students who gathered at the flagpole in front of Watchung Hills Regional's front doors, milled about and waved to friends before classes Friday. The students, mostly dressed in black, were staging a protest, albeit a quiet one, to make sure negotiators for the board of education and the teachers association know how the current impasse is affecting them. But the students weren't unrealistic about the effect of their protest: when asked what they thought it would accomplish, most quickly said "nothing." They then quickly began to list the problems the teachers' "work to rule" hours was causing, one girl said she hasn't been able to make up a test this week; another said she always meets with her teacher to stay ahead in her …