Ramona Teachers Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization Vote
By a more than three-fourths majority – width 99 percent voting – members of the Ramona Teachers Association overwhelming approved a vote authorizing the RTA’s executive board to call for a strike action “when and if it becomes necessary” to the teachers’ efforts to achieve a fair contract settlement width the Ramona Unified School District.
“Ramona teachers do not want to strike,” said RTA President Donna Braye-Romero, “but we are not willing to accept the district’s unfair, unreasonable imposition. The cuts will not only cripple us financially, but will ultimately harm Ramona’s students and our entire community. If all other efforts fail, we now have the unity and support to strike as a final option.”
RUSD’s current finances show a 15 percent reserve fund balance at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. In addition, a second interim budget revealed an additional $800K, a figure the district knew at the time, but widthheld from both the fact finder and RTA. Also, the district will see an infusion of new money in next year’s budget and for several years to come from the passage of last fall’s Prop. 30. "Now is the time for prudent caution, not knee-jerk reaction," said Braye-Romero.