LABOR UPDATE: We were officially certified for fact-finding last week - meaning that the mediator agrees that we can't reach a settlement, and both sides will present their cases to a panel of three - one selected by us, one selected by them, and a "neutral."
In the meantime, a few of us had some fun today. There was a huge teacher recruitment fair at Cal State, San Bernardino, and we went to pass out flyers warning potential candidates that Yucaipa is not a great place to come to work right now. In the picture to the left, my vice-president Patrick and I talk to two teachers about the ongoing crisis in our district and explain how our salaries are now the lowest in the area. We were joined by a small group from Victor Valley High School District, who had some great signs and t-shirts to go with their flyers. Rialto also brought 5, and they were up at an area closer to the arena.
It was very empowering to do this. We're hoping, of course, that our district will realize that it's not going to attract the cheaper teachers it wants to replace our talented veterans, and will think more about paying us a fair competitive salary.