(Photo above) Alpine Teachers Association member school nurse, Jessica Starr, speaks with a San Diego FOX 5 reporter about how the imposed cuts leave her with an $11.00 per hour salary, despite the fact that she has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Starr is also a parent of children in the school district.
Update - After a raucous school board meeting Thursday night, Alpine district officials have agreed to go back to bargaining table. Stay tuned.
Alpine Teachers Association members began day one of their Unfair Labor Practice strike with 93 percent member participation and educator and community support from as far away as Imperial County.
The district proposed a 7.58% salary cut and an $8,000 health benefits cap effective January 1, 2014, that will leave many ATA members with 30% - and in one case 60% - less per year in total compensation. Because the district will extract double health benefits cuts for May and June, some members will receive NO pay in those months.
After rejecting the unacceptable proposal from the District, ATA voted to take to the picket lines, which began this morning at Joan MacQueen Middle School and then disbursed to the district’s five school sites.
Media outlets converged on the scene providing teachers the opportunity to share their personal stories. Parents walked the line with ATA members, including one providing lunch to the picketing teachers.
ATA members, supportive parents, students and community members will pack the Alpine School Board meeting tonight to demand that the district return to the bargaining table and offer an acceptable contract.
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