CUSD teachers to strike on Thur. April 22nd

CUSD update from Jonathan Volzke, Beyond the Blackboard:

April 21, 2010

“This just in from Capistrano Unified School District

CUSD RESPONSE TO STRIKE

The Capistrano Unified School District received official notification from the California Teachers Association at 6:07 a.m. of the union’s intent to strike effective Thursday, April 22, 2010.

The district is arranging for substitute teachers and putting necessary plans in place to continue to keep schools open and provide a safe and operational educational program for our students and employees.

“We are saddened that the union has decided to take this action and hope that its leadership will accept the Board’s offer to negotiate in good faith in accordance with the Educational Employment Relations Act,” said Anna Bryson, President of the CUSD Board of Trustees.

On April 20th, CUSD Attorney John M. Rajcic issued a response to Christine Balentine, Executive Director of the union which reads:

Dear Ms. Balentine:

This letter is sent in response to your letter dated April 19, 2010.

Pre-conditioning a return to the bargaining table upon the acceptance of a negotiation proposal backed up by threat of a strike constitutes, among other things, an unfair labor practice.

In any event, as previously indicated, the District is willing and prepared to return to the bargaining table to commence negotiations regarding various items, including but not limited to, “restoration language” regarding the most recently imposed reductions.

The District can and will accommodate the date, April 22, 2010, you set forth in your letter. In addition, the District is available on April 27 and/or April 28, 2010.

Very truly yours,

Atlkinson, Anderson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.


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