A previous agreement, reached on August 30, 2016, was rejected by union members in September and demanded a return to the table to resume negotiations on a contract that both parties could accept. As we pointed out in The Leadership Limbo in 2008, Cleveland has one of the most restrictive collective agreements in the country.???? The principal of a charter school held there would be severely limited in the way they hire, reassign and compensate their teachers. Parent-teacher lectures, pre-school and private lessons and other interactions essential to the success of charter schools could be capped. Cooperation between teachers, another sign of charters of excellence, would be difficult if staff assemblies were limited to one hour per month, as is the case in district schools. Teachers will vote from April 15 to 18 on the interim agreement reached last week. If the office were adopted, it would vote at its meeting on April 23. If the members of CTU and the School Committee ratify this contract, the new contract will enter into force immediately. Details are shared with CTU members and the school board before the agreement is made available to the public. CMSD and CTU stated throughout the negotiation process that they were both required to commit to a contract that was fair to educators and good for children. CEO Eric Gordon remained optimistic during negotiations that began in November 2015 that their thoughtful efforts will lead to a fair deal without jeopardizing the reforms needed to continue the district`s progress under the Cleveland Plan. The extension would cover the 2019/20 school year and would be extended to the 2020/21 school year, unless the union or borough wants to resume negotiations. The current three-year contract expires at the end of June.
“We are pleased to return to the Board of Directors with a contract that both sides of the bargaining table consider fair,” Gordon said. “I know that we are all committed to going beyond the negotiating table and finally ratifying a treaty that basically has the best for the children and the dedicated educators who serve them.” Last September, the Cleveland teachers` union announced plans to strike before the first attempt contract hijacked a strike to allow members to check the language and give CTU time to return to the bargaining table.