The Springville Faculty Association will be on-hand to greet the district’s school board members prior to their meeting Tuesday, but the welcome won’t exactly be warm.
The 180-member local will be picketing in protest of the Springville-Griffith Institute Board of Education’s refusal to settle a long-standing labor impasse, which has left teachers working without a contract for two years.
Joining the SFA will be NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler. The picket starts at 6:15 p.m. at the high school, 290 N. Buffalo St.
“We are frustrated with the lack of support by the board of education for a fair and timely resolution to our contract negotiation,” said SFA President David Yates.
The Springville local has been in negotiations with the district for three years. A framework for a tentative agreement that would have ultimately ended the impasse was reached recently among negotiators for the SFA, the district and the state Public Employment Relations Board.
Reached in good faith, the “agreement in principle” was not only fair for both sides, but also good for the community. However, when the district’s negotiating team presented the framework to the school board earlier this month, it was rejected during a closed executive session.
The SFA will have a few things to say about that decision on Tuesday.