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Columbia School Board to decide on ballot for teacher representation

Sunday, September 9, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:26 a.m. CDT, Monday, September 10, 2012

COLUMBIA ­— The Columbia School Board will vote Monday night on whether to approve a ballot that allows teachers to choose their representation during collective bargaining with the Columbia Public School District.

The board also will consider two proposed budget amendments and address the recent resignation of a school board member elected in April.

Collective bargaining

The district uses a "meet and confer" system in which two teachers associations — the Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association and the Columbia Missouri National Education Association — and unaffiliated teachers discuss salaries, benefits and other employment conditions.

Last year, teachers decided they wanted to have a more formal avenue of communication with the district. Policy HH, a plan to provide teachers with an exclusive representative, was then approved by the board in January.

At the Monday meeting, the board will decide to approve or not approve the ballot that allows teachers to choose their style of representation going forward.

On Oct. 11, teachers will vote for the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them during collective bargaining or to continue with "meet and confer," district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

According to a previous Missourian report, CMNEA President Susan McClintic said these types of groups help keep conversations between teachers and the district flowing, but Superintendent Chris Belcher said he worried having a centralized group representing teachers would not keep conversations about salaries and benefits open or inclusive.

Other agenda items the board is expected to vote on:

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frank christian September 10, 2012 | 8:11 a.m.

"On Oct. 11, teachers will vote for the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to represent them during collective bargaining or to continue with "meet and confer," district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

Another twisted article, favoring NEA, favored by Administrator Belcher only as "the safest". Two other choices have determined their losing battle would best be shown as "other" on the ballot. (Tribune)

NEA in Columbia will be only another, stronger lobby for liberal Democrat politics.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.a...

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Michael Williams September 10, 2012 | 8:15 a.m.

We could do the Chicago thingie.

That sounds like loads of fun.....

PS: I'm sure glad we aren't Illinois.

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frank christian September 10, 2012 | 11:49 a.m.

I note that "two other choices", as stated above would be inaccurate. CMSTA is offshoot of MSTA, rather than a separate entity. Also note MSTA was a founding member of NEA until 1972 when "basic differences in philosophy" became an issue, causing separation from NEA.

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