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Here's the ballot

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In case you were curious, this is the paper version of the ballot Washington Teachers' Union members are using to vote on the proposed contract. This one, with the rather vehement looking "X," is obviously a thumbs down. WTU president George Parker said this week that he is optimistic that teachers will vote to ratify the deal, which calls for a five-year, 21.6 percent pay hike, more serious professional development and an optional performance pay program.

"I get the sense that we're going to get it approved," Parker said, adding that he was working to deflect what he called "a lot of misinformation" about the pact. His office has been cranking out Q&As and answering queries.

Balloting, which is also taking place by phone and online, will continue until Wednesday morning, when the votes will be counted at the offices of the American Arbitration Association. Union officials expect an announcement of the result late Wednesday or early Thursday.

By Bill Turque  |  May 27, 2010; 2:06 PM ET
 
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Comments

Good to know when the results may be in. I just spoke to a union rep today who had no idea when to expect the vote tally. I also called the WTU a few days back to ask when to expect my ballot in the mail. The individual had no idea, didn't even know if they had been mailed out. I got the ballot the next day. AND VOTED YES!!!

Posted by: chelita | May 27, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Be AWARE, read the fine print
(before marking your ballot) --
The WTU-DCPS Tentative Agreement clearly states in Article 40,
on page 103, that “Nothing in this Agreement shall be
construed as a promise that Congress, the DC Council, or any other organization shall appropriate sufficient funds to meet the obligations set forth in this Agreement.”

Posted by: honestaction | May 27, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... questionable voting process for WTU-DCPS contract: including allowing LAST-MINUTE sign-ups/payments to suddenly join the WTU union, and then allowing VOTING VIA PHONE OR INTERNET with NO SUBSTANTIAL PAPER TRAIL documenting the accuracy of the count. Also, even more eyebrow-raising & questionable: according to DCPS teacher witnesses -- Michelle Rhee and WTU George Parker have arranged the following machinations: "selected teachers have been gifted time from teaching (ie. given time away from their required teaching duties at their own assigned schools) in order to sell the contract to other teachers during the school day" --
in other words, selected teachers are being diverted from their
teaching duties & obligations -- in order to peddle (lobby) cheerlead & armtwist on behalf of ratifying the contract.
-- see source (for further info. & revelations of what's actually happening in terms of the hustling behind the scenes):
http://thewashingtonteacher.blogspot.com/

Posted by: honestaction | May 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Be sure to carefully read the entire contract,
including the contract language used in
the section -- ARTICLE 40:
“The Parties agree that all provisions of this Agreement are subject to the availability of funds.
“40.2
Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed as a promise that Congress, the DC Council, or any other organization shall appropriate sufficient funds to meet the obligations set forth in this Agreement."

Posted by: honestaction | May 27, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

honestaction--er, would you say that, again, please?

Posted by: axolotl | May 27, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I do have a problem with teachers being to sign up after the voting has started. I would think that teachers should have been members before the contract was agreed to in order to vote.

As for the lack of paper trail, I strongly doubt that the American Arbitration Association is going risk its reputation by lying about the results of this.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | May 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

It is a well-known & documented fact that the
"AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION" has
a long-standing close involvement with
FREEMASONRY and that the
organization is run by
& controlled by high-level MASONS.

Posted by: cooperunion | May 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Bill, for showing a graphic representing the other side. Yes, Parker, has been inundating our mailboxes and the airwaves with pro-ratification propaganda. I have talked to many of my colleagues at several schools and only two have said they will be voting to ratify the contract.

Don't be fooled, folks. VOTE NO to the T.A.!

Posted by: schooletal | May 27, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Wyrn, many people in the field do not like being forced to join a "union" and have dues taken from them. These dues are, of course, taxpayer dollars. How is it that unions have guaranteed their survival with taxpayer money? What a racket. Not against the right to organize, against coercive methods of the union and management. Control freaks abound in public education to the detriment of learning.

Posted by: thetensionmakesitwork | May 28, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

I don't particularly like being forced to join a union either. All I'm meant was that if voting is restricted to union members, then you shouldn't be able to join the union after the agreement has passed.

Posted by: Wyrm1 | May 28, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... questionable voting process for WTU-DCPS contract: including allowing LAST-MINUTE sign-ups/payments to suddenly join the WTU union,
and then allowing VOTING VIA PHONE OR INTERNET
with NO SUBSTANTIAL PAPER TRAIL documenting the accuracy of the count. Also, even more eyebrow-raising & questionable: according to DCPS teacher witnesses -- Michelle Rhee and WTU George Parker have arranged the following machinations: "selected teachers have been gifted time from teaching
(ie. given time away from their required teaching duties
at their own assigned schools)
in order to sell the contract to other teachers during the school day" --
in other words, selected teachers are being diverted from their
teaching duties & obligations --
in order to peddle (lobby), cheerlead
& armtwist on behalf of ratifying the contract.
-- see source (for further info. & revelations
of what's actually happening in terms of the hustling
behind the scenes):
http://thewashingtonteacher.blogspot.com/

Posted by: honestaction | May 28, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

How stupid are you guys to not ratify this? Michelle Rhee will make your lives a living hell. Haven't you seen this before? Didn't she say early on to the teachers/WTU "we can do this with you or we can do this to you"? She started doing it to you. You've seen the firings, you've seen the RIFs. There is no stopping her. You do nothave job security as it is. Vincent (er Vince) Gray is not going to win the election (after demonstrating his desperation through this week's street car debacle) and come to the rescue by firing Rhee. You might as well appease her a little, likely get some significant money, and then hope she takes it easy on you.

Posted by: makplan20002 | May 28, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

And Bill Turque, not saying you have an agenda either way, and I know this is a blog (however on a legit newspaper website), but shouldn't you probably not put up pictures of a ballot with an angry giant X marking a choice?

At the very least it sends a subconscious message?

Posted by: makplan20002 | May 28, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Many well-informed teachers are wisely voting "NO"
on the "WTU" -- "WALMART" teachers contract.

We haven't succumbed to the heavy marketing tactics
& barrage of toxic lies
from "Michelle Rhee & Oligarchy", Inc.

Posted by: honestaction | May 28, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

makplan2002

Rhee is making people's life a living hell and she will continue to do so.

However, I do not feel that people should just bend over and let her use her broom stick.

Please Vote Yes if you must and GOOD LUCK.

Posted by: dccounselor72 | May 28, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The "WTU-DCPS" Teachers Contract --
brought to you by the
same hypocritical
profiteers, privateers & pushers
(eg. the Gates Foundation,
the Parthenon Group private equity consultants, et. al)
who've produced & marketed & financed
violent video games
& other toxic 'products' to poison
your children
(such as Microsoft HALO
and "Take Two" Corp 'Grand Theft Auto'
game -- which was primarily financed by Merrill Lynch & Oppenheimer, by the way
-- as documented in corporate financial statements)!
The Washington Post (which owns Kaplan
Ed. Testing Services) luvs, luvs, luv$$$
corporate-directed Rhee-form !

Many conscientious & informed,
dedicated teachers -- with their
EYES WIDE OPEN, are voting NO
on the contract ratification.

Posted by: cooperunion | May 28, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

dccounselor,

While it is admirable to symbolically not want to give in to Rhee, it is pragmatically not at all in your best interest.

Can someone find me a copy of the 2004-2007 contract?

Posted by: makplan20002 | May 28, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Again with the 40.2 rants . . . The CFO certified the contract, which means the money is there to pay for the raises, the retro pay and even the pay-for-performance option for those radical teachers who are willing to push the envelope and trade some job security for the opportunity to be rewarded for their work. What does a "no" vote get you? A roll of the dice that some future contract will miraculously appear guaranteeing every teacher a job for as long as they want to teach without anyone looking over your shoulder?

Posted by: horacemann | May 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Calling All DCPS Educators:

Don't be fool at all. Vote "NO" to the WTU T.A.

No Money
No Rights
No Voice
No Due Process
No Job

Stand United and vote "NO" to the WTU T.A.

Enough is Enough!!

Posted by: sheilahgill | May 28, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Administrators have not gotten raises for the past four years. Usually when teachers get one, so do administrators. Where will the money come from for their raises? Will administrators be RIF'd in order to fund raises for their counterparts? If money will not be available to fund contract in 2012,2013, does that mean the other provisions will go down the drain and revert back to pre-contract days?

Posted by: crackedbutnotbroken | May 30, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Hi, Horacemann - so is that the main talking point for the contract?

That is: The new contract is responsible, anything else is irresponsible.

It's simple, clean cut and false. It beats the other talking point, though, which is at least more logical: "you're already screwed, so why not bet on getting some money before getting RIFd, fired or excessed and replaced by teachers with no track record at all.

Posted by: efavorite | June 1, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

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